NHL Transactions January 21-27

Josh L.
January 27 2013 02:16PM

Credit: Pro Hockey Talk

Our third installment of transactions-weekly-round-up-mania moves forward this sunny Sunday afternoon. The pace has slowed down considerably from last week, but the size of (some of) the moves is still considerable. The week in transactions and analysis for all the moves is yours once you follow the jump.

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Number Chains - January 17th Links

Josh L.
January 17 2013 12:01PM

 

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Jeff Bell of Columbus Biz Insider writes that the Blue Jackets season ticket base is down to an alarmingly low 7,000 people. He spoke with Blue Jackets president Mike Priest, who had this to say:

“Our product has to deliver,” Priest said. “It needs to be competitive and deliver the value commiserative with what you’re asking people to spend with you.”

It's amazing to me that a franchise with one playoff appearance in their history is having trouble attracting fans after dealing away their best player and missing half of a season of games. I think I can speak for many of us when I say that today I am thankful that I don't work for the Blue Jackets sales department. That must be a really depressing place.

A weeks worth of other, hopefully, less depressing links await you.

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Number Chains - January 10th Links

Josh L.
January 11 2013 03:51PM

 

 

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 Luke DeCock of The News & Observer has the first post lockout doom and gloom article I've come across. In his recent article he goes into the potentially negative consequences of the new CBA on the Carolina Hurricanes:

Many of the problems the Hurricanes had with the NHL’s old labor deal remain in the new one. Even though salaries will go down to start, over the course of the deal they’re still being asked to grow revenue at the same pace as their bigger-market brethren.

“The market’s still going to continue to grow, which is going to be helpful,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday. “Hopefully the economy continues to grow. And hopefully our team plays well. You get those three factors, then that makes that road a little smoother. If you don’t get all three, it makes it a little harder. And if you don’t get any, then it becomes a little more unrealistic, maybe very, very difficult.”

He goes on to discuss the fact that the Hurricanes, like every NHL team, will also lose out on broadcast and licensing revenue in "make whole" payments.

It isn't all bad though. He goes into some of the benefits to the Hurricanes (and other teams):

Restrictions on contract length and structure should help the Hurricanes by making it more difficult for high-payroll teams to sign and retain players, while the new ability of teams to retain portions of salaries in trades should open up new trade possibilities.

.....The Hurricanes should still get about $12 million per season [in revenue sharing], but Rutherford said the team will have to raise ticket prices in the near future to meet the NHL’s gate-receipt targets.

Over the next few years we'll see how things go. More links after the jump.

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Number Chains - January 9th Links

Josh L.
January 10 2013 05:43PM

 

 

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Apparently Ilya Kovalchuk wants to stay in Russia, but can't. Kovalchuk told Slava Malamud of Sport-Express the following (via Fire & Ice):

“I want to stay in St. Petersburg but I have contractual obligations in the NHL, which will be hard to break,”

Malamud later clarified that Kovalchuk meant that he would return for the 2013/14 season. You could take this quote any number of ways. The obvious route is to play the "enigmatic Russian" card. Of course Kovalchuk wants to break his contract. He's Russian, isn't he?

Maybe I'm crazy (a distinct possibility), but I don't take it as Kovalchuk wanting to abandon the NHL. I see it as the quote of a man enjoying his time playing at home, lamenting the fact that he can't continue to stay to finish what he started this season. This seems like a completely overblown story, especially considering the fact that Kovalchuk has 13 years remaining on his deal. He'll come get his money.

More after the jump.

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Number Chains - January 8th Links

Josh L.
January 08 2013 04:50PM

 

 

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David Rogers of Awful Announcing starts us off today with a story about the laughable coverage the NHL Network has provided of the lockout.

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