The developer of a new NHL-caliber arena in the Toronto suburb of Markham continues to insist that the project doesn’t require an NHL tenant to be profitable.
Former Bauer chairman Graeme Roustan also maintains that recently announced partnerships with companies belonging to NHL owners Ed Snider (Flyers) and Jeremy Jacobs (Bruins) are merely a function of the relationships he’s made in the hockey world.
“If I was a concert promoter, all of my relationships most likely would be in the concert and event promotion business,” Roustan told the National Post. “I happen to have spent the last five or 10 years in the hockey world, so most of the people that I know are from that industry.”
Of course, if Roustan does indeed covet an NHL franchise for his new arena, he’s not about to crow about it in public. That’s not how the league likes to do business. Jim Balsillie can tell you that.
Besides, Roustan isn’t saying he doesn’t want an NHL tenant. He’s only saying he doesn’t need one.
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The Avalanche will be throwing a bunch of different looks at us this season.
Having already released specialized “Mile High” jerseys for February’s Stadium Series game, the Avs unveiled new third sweaters on Friday — less than 24 hours after a bitter 5-4 home loss to Minnesota in their season opener.
(Guess Colorado wanted to send out some good vibes after blowing a 4-1 third-period lead.)
While undoubtedly exciting for the organization, the release of these new thirds isn’t taking anybody by surprise. Last month, several websites published leaked images of Colorado’s and Anaheim’s third jerseys, so the design has been in the public eye for several weeks.
The Avs will debut these new thirds on Oct. 24, in a Saturday night tilt against Columbus.
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Hey, remember in June when the NHLPA voted to keep the five-percent growth factor in spite of increasing worries about escrow?
Well, here’s why that decision was a significant one, via TSN’s Frank Seravalli:
With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday.
That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this season’s hockey-related revenue is counted to ensure a perfect 50-50 revenue split with owners.
Now, this doesn’t mean that the players will definitely lose 16 percent of their salaries. Typically, they receive refunds when all the accounting is done.
Still, 16 percent is a good-sized chunk to withhold. They won’t be thrilled about it.
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