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.
Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m still not convinced Columbus’ interest in dealing Rick Nash wasn’t a creation of TSN and Sportsnet. The two networks needed a big name to speculate about to drive up ratings for their annual Trade Deadline TV marathons. Sadly for those networks, Nash remains a Blue Jacket at least until the draft, where the hype will be built up all over again. I am giddy with anticipation (and by giddy I mean hitting my head with a shoe to make the idea of 24 hour coverage of “The Rick Nash Trade –...Click here to read more.
Out of Town Notebook: Flames’ Rebuild, Leafs’ Mixed Messages, Ovechkin’s Slump and Unfortunate Injuries
[Every weekend, Canucks Hockey Blog goes out of town as Tom Wakefield (@tomwakefield88) posts his thoughts on what's happening around the NHL.] Photo credit: Calgary Herald So just how big a project is rebuilding the Calgary Flames? Countless articles and endless minutes of media coverage in Canada over the holidays talked about how Darryl Sutter left this team without the young or tradeable assets necessary to build hope for a better future. The bar is being set incredibly low for Jay Feaster. Basically, if he makes a couple of trades for draft picks at the deadline, columnists will award him...Click here to read more.