League Revenues, the Loonie and the Salary Cap

On Monday NHL Players Associations Executive Director Paul Kelly was on Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown discussing several topics but of particular interest was the light he shed on NHL revenues, the contribution of Canadian teams to those revenues, and the impact of the Canadian dollar on those revenues. You can listen to the complete interview but let me summarize. He stated that 27% of all league revenues are…

October 29, 2008

Tough times for Canadian teams

I have written here several times before but I think it deserves repeating because this is could be a major issue in the months and possibly years to come and could have a significant negative impact on the smaller Canadian NHL franchises. The issue is the falling Canadian dollar. A season ago the dollar averaged fairly close to parity. Right now the Canadian dollar has dropped below 79 cents in…

October 24, 2008

Koules Satisfied, Parrish Likes Vancouver

Despite the fact that the Lightning defense still seems a little suspect, boasting little veteran presence or even a big name, Oren Koules maintains that he is satisfied with his current defensive corps. The Lightning still have to get under the cap enough to ensure that they can accommodate Steven Stamkos‘ cap hit, which would be 3.75 should he reach all performance bonuses. Remember that this upcoming season is the…

August 13, 2008

TheScore.ca trade deadline coverage

I just wanted to let everyone know that I have been asked (and accepted) to be a part of TheScore.ca trade deadline coverage. I will be offering some analysis of the trades as they are are announced. Tyler from mc79hockey.com will is also participating . I’ve already made my first post on the Anson Carter trade so be sure to check it out.

February 23, 2007

Ottawa's streaky offense.

The Ottawa Senators have to have one of the streakiest offenses in the NHL in recent years. First 6 games: 10 goals, 1.67 goals/game Next 3 games: 21 goals, 7.00 goals/game Next 4 games: 8 goals, 2.00 goals/game Next 15 games: 60 goals, 4.00 goals/game Next 13 games: 29 goals, 2.23 goals/game Next 7 games: 38 goals, 5.42 goals/game Next 7 games: 15 goals, 2.14 goals per game (2 of…

February 7, 2007

Why the Leafs could win the Stanley Cup

If you had asked me a month ago whether the Leafs should be buyers or sellers at the trade deadline I would have said sellers. But since then a lot has changed and now I believe they have the potential to put together a playoff run not unlike the Oilers last season. Why the change you ask? Well, let me explain. First off, let me start by saying that I…

February 5, 2007

Mainstream Media and the worst case scenario

If you ever wonder why blogging has taken off, just read the mainstream media every now and again and you’ll realize why. Some of the stuff they write is amateurish. Today’s target: Lance Hornby. Mr. Hornby wrote an article today titles “Maple Leafs do the math” which is all about what the Leafs current position in the standings and looks at what the Leafs might have to do to make…

February 2, 2007

Say No to Bigger Nets…

Yahoo has a story today that the NHL is very seriously considering bringing bigger nets to the NHL and the process of doing so is further along that most people think. This scares me in a big way because it would once again prove to me that the NHL is clueless. Only simple minded people would think that bringing in bigger nets would solve all of the NHL’s woes. If…

January 31, 2007

Western dominance of power rankings…

Yesterday I posted my power rankings which had the top 8 teams all from the western conference. The best eastern conference team was Buffalo sititng in 9th spot. That led Greg Ballentine of The Puck Stops Here to comment “top 8 from the west. I’m not sure I buy that the west is THAT much better.” I must admit that it is a little hard to believe, at least until…

January 31, 2007

Toronto or Philadelphia?

There are two challenges that I have on occassion put out to my readers. The first is to name one positive thing that Bettman has done for the NHL in the past 15 years. The second is, can you point me to an article in which Steve Simmons has anything good to say about the Leafs. Both things are somewhere between very rare to completely non-existent. Today Steve Simmons has…

January 30, 2007