Even with revenue sharing Phoenix or Winnipeg doesn't have the same money to spend that Detroit or Toronto does.
They're not generating the revenue; that doesn't mean the owner doesn't have money to invest like all the owners since the beginning of the league have. Remember when the Preds owner told the press they were never going to spend above the cap floor to get as much revenue sharing as possible? If they're not willing to invest in the team, why should anyone else?
If I were an investor looking to sink my money into a new NHL team, I'd invest in a Canadian team or not at all. The odds are in favor that a new Canadian team would do better than a new US team IMO.
A huge round of applause to all of you. We sent a whopping $360 to Children's Hospital in the name of Gordie and Colleen Howe today! That's a huge sum considering we were one and done this year for series AND game wins. That's not to rub it in at all, but to point out how generous you guys are.
Way to go, LGW! Well done.
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We have one last participant who is setting up a PayPal account and then we'll be all set.
I'm really thinking Mr. and Mrs. Hockey. It's nice to recognize people while they're able to know about it. Well, Mr. Hockey, but he'll get a warm fuzzy for Mrs. Hockey.
We can do Tatar's father next season, or split it if we have someone else in mind. Besides, I'd have to offer contact information for Tatar, and I don't know about anybody else, but I'm not privy to where he lives.
"Class" is way overused. I think what people really mean is respect - you can respect the guy you're trying to make a permanent part of the boards by making a clean, hard hit and not trying to take his head off, or not attempting to render him unable to reproduce. Mr. Hockey was the toughest SOB of his time, but he had respect for the game and those that played it. I think that's the big thing that's lacking now. The retirement of players like Sakic and Yzerman has leeched that element from the game.
Doesn't matter if someone is better. That's not why teams make coaching changes.
The Ducks fired Babcock and won the Cup a few years later. Does that mean he was a bad coach? No. But sometimes you have to make a change to freshen things up. This team needs some kind of a change in its philosophy. It won't just come with getting rid of old players (they're all scratched anyway) and calling up more kids from GR. Something more is needed in the attitude of the organization. The complacency and lack of accountability is not a good thing.
The Ducks didn't fire Babcock - he declined their offer to renew his contract to come here.