Posted by F.Michael
on 09 September 2014 - 10:52 AM
I predict the games will be more fun...right up until fans from the supporter sections start beating the hell out of opposition fans. I get the feeling that in North America this will turn violent. Then again, maybe not. The Canadiens already have an atmosphere very much like this, and as far as I know nobody had been injured.
Unless those Canadien fans go to Boston...
Euro football hooliganism remains to be a problem, and I don't wish to see that behavior here in N.America.
Someone posted a link to an article in the Toronto Star that referenced the billion dollars in potential franchise fees the existing owners would collect from expansion, so that's not glue they're sniffing. It's cash.
Bettman's track record demonstrates that he is willing to risk the integrity of the league in order to make his owners as much money as possible, so it's not really that surprising. He has his circle of cronies on the BOG, and can probably drum up support from owners drooling at the prospect of the new franchise fees. That fee is not considered Hockey Related Revenue so it's not something they even have to share with players.
Plus with the CBA set for at least 7 more years, if there's a couple more struggling franchises it really won't effect owners until then. And even when the CBA ends they'll likely just have another lockout and hammer the players salaries down further instead of increasing revenue sharing. So it doesn't seem like there's a ton of financial risk to the existing owners.
I agree with you that Bettman is selling this like he had in previous years to the BOG - you'll get more $$$, and that alone will get many members to sign on.
The issues in Glendale, AZ are far from over, and then there's the Panthers in Miami, and who knows who'll be next on the list of financial doom & gloom.
This league has some serious issues, and placing teams in non-traditional markets continues to dog them...I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but I'd much rather see a team in Quebec City, and a 2nd team in Toronto before any city here in the USA, but that's just me.
Aw man I can't wait until they do one of those for Hampus Melen. Then we can have a Hampus Melen thread, and I can get a Hampus Melen jersey to wear to games at Hampus Melen Arena in honor of our new captain Hampus Melen. The future sounds amazing!
Who cares? The other players went elsewhere. It's not like that money was gonna be spent elsewhere. I get being disappointed in not landing a big UFA today, but the amount of hate and overreacting going on in here is ridiculous.
I personally would've rather seen kids from GR get their chance at the #5, and #6 spots on defense.