Despite operating in the NHL’s smallest market and playing in the league’s smallest arena, the Winnipeg Jets reportedly made too much money this season to qualify for revenue-sharing.
To qualify for revenue-sharing, clubs must operate in a market with 2.5 million or fewer TV households and rank in the bottom half in revenues.
The Jets can easily check off the former, but not the latter.
Winnipeg will end up selling out every one of its 41 home games. However, with a capacity of just 15,004 in the undersized MTS Centre, the Jets’ average attendance currently ranks 25th in the league.
So how did they make so much money? Easy. Their average ticket price is $98.27 (source: Team Marketing Report), lower than only the Leafs ($123.77) and well above the NHL’s average ticket price of $57.39.
Put it this way – to match the Jets’ regular-season ticket revenue, the San Jose Sharks (another team that sells out every game, but with an average ticket price of $49.73) would have to play in an arena with 29,649 seats.
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.