NHLN Notebook: NHLPA rejects Olympic offer, Franchise values and McDavid on pace to make history

Zach Laing
December 02 2016 05:00PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Will the NHL be at the next Olympics? Are there any broke NHL teams? What about Connor McHistory?

NHLPA rejects NHL's Olympic offer

In what was something many expected, the NHLPA has announced that they have rejected the NHL's proposal to allow players to participate in the 2018 Olympics in exchange for an extension to the current CBA. 

If it had been accepted, the plan would've allowed for the current CBA to be extended by three years effectively getting rid of a potential opt-out clause that comes in the fall of 2019. NHL players have now participated in the last five Olympics and have had hopes to return in two years. 

The big issue seems to surround NHL owners and their unwillingness to shut down the season for 17 days. Worry of players being injured and a considerable time change could effect the amount of hockey North American fans actually get to take in.

We all remember in Sochi when fans were packing bars at 8 AM to watch games, so I wouldn't be surprised if they were up to watch games again. 

Franchise Values

This week, Forbes released their 2016 NHL Franchise Values, which the New York Rangers ($1.25B), Montreal Canadiens ($1.12B) and Toronto Maple Leafs($1.1B) as the top three most valuable franchises. Fellow original six teams the Chicago Blackhawks ($925M) and Boston Bruins ($800M) round out the top five.

Valued at $230M, the Carolina Hurricanes is the leagues least valuable franchise. The largest drop in value came at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames, who both dropped -6 per cent since last year.

The Florida Panthers had the largest increase in value, jumping 26 per cent. The Islanders had the second largest jump at 18%.

Connor McHistory

Is there anything he can't do? The 19-year old phenom has been a fun player to watch, drawing the eye of persons all across the hockey universe. On Western Canada hockey radio this week, I recall hearing an NHL media member make mention of him knowing of eastern conference media members actually tuning into Oilers games to watch Connor McDavid. I wish I could remember who said it, but none the less I think this is a really cool thing. 

I mean, for one, it's nice to know that people out east actually care about the (late night for them) hockey that is played out west. 

It's clear that Connor McDavid draws the eye of all in the hockey world. He is currently on pace to score 36 goals and pot 75 assists for 112 points. 

Only five teenagers have scored over 100 points in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky scored 137 points as a 19 year old, Sidney Crosby scored 102 points as an 18 year old then 120 points as a 19 year old. Jimmy Carson potted 107 points as a 19 year old, Dale Hawerchuk scored 103 points as an 18 year old and Mario Lemieux cracked 100 as a 19 year old. 

If McDavid is able to score 100, he would become the six teenager to do so. 

The electric center has shown that he has the ability to be a huge game changer at a young age. In the last seven games the Oilers have played, he has put up 15 points and appears to be unstoppable. 

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