Re: State of the NHL
- Travis Weir wrote:
> Not only that, but I can see Ottawa moving somewhere elseThere's no need to worry about Vancouver. Yes, they've lost
> in the US, and I'm not really all that sure about Vancouver's
> future. This sport has regretfully gone from a Canadian pro
> sport to a purely American one.
like 60 million over the past two years, but that's all financial
stick handling. Orca Bay owns the company that owns the
Canucks (it used to be called NorthWest Sports or something,
I don't know what its called). But the way I understand it is
that that's a public company which means they have to show
their financial sheets. The Canucks financial sheets are heavy
on the liability side - salary, team expenses, blah blah blah,
but curiously (not really) the sheets are light on the revenue
side. The Canucks don't make any money from parking revenues,
cola sales or game souvineers blah blah blah. Why? Because
Orca Bay creatively accounts for that as GM Place revenues.
Its just financial stick handling to beg for tax breaks etc.
Besides, Orca Bay can't move the Canucks. They own the Grizzlies
and Canucks and GM Place. There's been rumours that they'd move
the Canucks to Seattle - where John McCaw is from - but they
can't move the Grizzlies there too. And they can't move both of
the teams to the states and leave their money making jewel - the
"Garage" GM Place - without its two major attractions. No one
would buy the building in that scenario, unless they can move
the building too!
Besides, McCaw is so rich its not even fathomable. And he can
always ask his buddy Bill Gates for some cash if he ever needed it!
Okay, that's my Canuck rave of the day. When I wrote for
the now dead Go Canucks, I wrote a controversial column called
"Go Canucks, and take the Grizzlies with you." I was hoping
that Orca Bay would just move the Canucks and take their
Orca uniforms and that has been Messier and his bum buddy
Keenan with him and we could get an expansion team and
get Quinn back and Linden and those gold jerseys and....
Don't mind me, I'm still suffering from Orca Bay inflicted wounds....
Hockey Over Time
- On Wed, 23 Jun 1999, Kenneth R. Holdren wrote:
> At about the same time as Karmonos buying the AHL rights to Greensboro,Ottawa signed a deal with the Grand Rapids Griffins not too long ago.
> a deal was announced for next season with Carolina and the IHL
> Cincinnati Cyclones for, I believe, three seasons.
> Another NHL team announced an affliation deal with another IHL team the
> same week, I forget who.
There was some speculation on the ECHL list that one of the reasons why
the Sens signed one season wondergoalie Patrick LaLime recently was
because he had been a favorite with the Griffins during an independant
tour of duty there.