Photo credit: canada.com The last week brought several big news items off the ice for the NHL. We found out that, according to Forbes, the value of NHL teams went up by an average of 46.6%. 3 of the top 5 valued NHL teams are based in Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs, again, top the list valued at a whopping $1.15B. The New York Rangers come in at a relatively distant second with a value of $850M. The Montreal Canadians and Vancouver Canucks come in at 3rd and 4th with values of $775M and $700M respectively. The Canucks jumped from...Click here to read more.
It seems these days not a day goes by that there isn’t something about the mediocre Toronto Maple Leafs that’s making the headlines. At first blush, the signing of Mikhail Grabovski to a five year, $27.5 million contract seems rather ludicrous. We’re talking about high-end salary for a streaky scorer that’s never put up 30-goals or 60 points. But is the contract really that far out of whack? Let’s do this arbitration-style, and look at some comparables. Comparable #1: The 2004 NHL Entry Draft – Part 1 Grabovski was drafted 150th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2004 NHL...Click here to read more.
[Inspired by Arsenio Hall’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”, Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay’s Canucks Commentary.] Did something exciting happen on Monday? I’m not going to analyze the trades from earlier this week as my esteemed colleagues at CHB have done a great job of that already. Instead, I’m going to look at a few other Things That Make You Go Hmmm: 1. Will you be Seeking Stanley…six weeks early? Yesterday, Chris and I represented CHB at the media launch...Click here to read more.
A collection of hockey thoughts and observations as one settles into a new NHL hockey season: It should be clear to anyone who has watched the Senators play that Paul Maclean hasn’t had any more luck than Cory Clouston at motivating Sergei Gonchar. No one gives up on puck battles quicker than he does. One week doesn’t make an NHL season, but as of today the Senators look an awful lot like the worst team in the NHL. Speaking of NHL defensemen, Sheldon Souray’s big shot has already helped the Dallas Stars. However, Souray also looks a step slower than he...Click here to read more.
After already taking away Jim Hughson from the Canucks’ portion of the CBC telecast, it seems the CBC now has also give us Kevin Weekes to provide color commentary. The fact is, Weekes was horrible. He was biased – he obviously has a man-crush on the Kipper – and his comments added no value to the broadcast. Not that the Canucks didn’t deserve criticism because for the first 20 minutes they did. But as horrible as they were in the first period, they were very good in the final two. Hearing Weekes’ comments, you wouldn’t have been able to tell....Click here to read more.