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#1 xXACACIA89

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:39 PM

I was hoping someone with more knowledge about this than me could provide some insight. Does a lockout hurt small market teams or does it actually help them because they don't have to pay the players? I know it can't truly help them, since what little interest they were generating in the sport will likely be stifled by the time we have hockey again. I'm just wondering about immediate financial matters.

Also, one thing I haven't heard anyone talk much about is the Nashville Predators' situation. They still have that nasty 14 million dollar signing bonus that they have to pay Weber regardless of whether or not there is a season, correct? Would the lack of any revenue this year put that team into financial trouble after stomping on my dream of having Weber play for the Flyers? I have to admit, the Philly fan in me spitefully would like to watch them struggle should we lose the season entirely. I'm wondering if theres a possibility they look to dump his salary after the year is up and we end up with him after all. I know, probably wishful thinking.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 09:13 PM

The first year of Weber's contract is the toughest. They chose to match while being fully aware of a potential lockout. If they were willing to swallow this year I don't see why they would suddenly dump him.
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Posted 17 November 2012 - 10:28 AM

I would think its worse for small market teams.

Small markets teams need the income more whereas larger market owners can more afford to sit and wait. Small market teams also need to worry about lost interest from fans, lets face it, when hockey returns Philly and other big markets will have no issues with ticket sales (except from me, I'll watch from home or the bar from here on out )but these teams that already had sales issues may have even less.

Hopefully, this will put some teams out and the league will nee to retract. I think this would be good everyone, well, with the exception of guys who really don't belong in the NHL anyway...Jody Shelley, Dan Carcillo ect.

I really don't think I want Weber now, too much money in a league where the cap may go down and he really just played Holmgren to get the money he wanted to stay in Nashville. I think he's a P.O.S. personally. I hope that guaranteed money puts Nashville out of buisness, hope that in turn voids that contract, then he gets signed somewhere else for a lot less money.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

Thought this was a really cool article.

Lemons and Lemonade, ya know?

http://espn.go.com/n...ut-enrich-staff
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Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:03 AM

Thought this was a really cool article.

Lemons and Lemonade, ya know?

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/8639544/nhl-buffalo-sabres-use-lockout-enrich-staff

Good link. My respect went up for the Sabres organization. Classy move.

I too wonder how this lockout shake things up. I've been hoping like many others that the NHL would return to Quebec City. Best case scenario I think is that Phoenix moves to Seattle and either Preds, Islanders, or Panthers move to QC, even though Phoenix reportedly struck some deal to stay put for 20 years.

Between Oregon and Washington state, I believe there are 5 WHL teams - the Portland Winterhawks having the best record this year. So the area supports hockey. Seattle should get a stadium that supports the NBA/NHL by 2015. It'll be good for the sport and the league as I can see a good rivalry begin to brew between them and the Canucks/Sharks. I go to school in Washington and I've gotten my roomates hooked on the Flyers/Penguins series last year. They already get the Canadian Sports channel which let me watch the Flyers when they play someone north of the border!!

http://seattle.sbnation.com/2012/10/1/3437784/frozon-grounds-nhl-team-rumored-for-sale

http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlesports/2012/11/27/seattle-nhl-target-one-step-closer-to-staying-put/




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