The Coyotes could be in. It won't be easy for the Jets. With goalies, the Blackhawks have a chance. In the East, how about the Sabres getting in? Blue Jackets lost some very key pieces. New Jersey has a lot of catching up to do. The following season may be better for them.
Sorry. I may be in the minority on this, but I prefer the colorful uniforms at home.
If you ever see old pictures of the UCLA-USC football game, when UCLA would wear blue and USC would wear red -- both used to play at the Coliseum, so both could feel they were the home team back then -- it was, to me, the most beautiful game in sports.
Certainly signing both before the season would simplify things and remove one (actually two) big question mark(s). It may not happen until after September 15, when teams know for sure there won't be labor unrest for three season.
On all these terms, especially on Pietrangelo's, term is big. Players want more. This is a case, especially with Pietrangelo, where you may have to give Pietrangelo one more year than he wants and, as I said last week, I'd have more confidence in Pietrangelo in that extra year than I would in Backes when he was going for his contract.
I haven't heard, but that's what they need.
No, but this has to be the most profitable year in franchise history. The rule of thumb was always $1 million in extra revenue per postseason game, but I think games in the Final have to bring in even more, and then there's the sales of everything else. (Plus, probably a 100 percent renewal rate on season tickets.) The team historically hasn't been in the black much, but for once they definitely are.
It will be interesting to see if how the franchise valuation changes in those Forbes numbers next season. Teams always scoff at those figures, but I think the relative numbers could be interesting.
I do like the fact that NHL free agency is over very fast. The NHL could probably stand to make more trades. They do seem to attract attention. NHL GMs seem to be a bit more conservative than their NBA brethren, though also one big trade can make a big difference in the NBA, moreso than in the NHL.
He may, but he hasn't shared it. I don't know who is next in the line of succession among the other part-owners, or if there is someone in there who would look to take over a bigger percentage of the team. For once, though, the near future looks safe.
OK, this time I mean it. Good afternoon! And I see that Robert Bortuzzo filled the Stanley Cup with lunch meat today and then took it out on a lake. I am not sure if those two events are connected.