NHL commissioner Gary Bettman estimated on Wednesday that the NHL is losing between $18 million to $20 million per day as a result of this lockout, based on a Globe and Mail report. That’s unfortunate, but of course they aren’t the only ones losing money over this work stoppage.
The tourism bureau VisitPittsburgh did a study and found that each Pittsburgh home game generates $2.1 million worth of local revenue. Somewhere in the range of $1 million and $1.3 million goes to the Penguins, while others businesses like restaurants and hotels collect the rest, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
That information seems all the more relevant after the NHL canceled all contests from Dec. 1-14 yesterday. That took three Penguins home games off the map. While they could still be replaced if the season is saved, as things currently stand those canceled games alone might cost local businesses more than $2.4 million and the Penguins even more than that.
And of course, that’s just the impact of one out of 30 teams. On top of that, a Winter Classic and an All-Star Game have been lost — both of which could have bolstered local economies and attracted tourism.
The question is how much more money will slip away from businesses that would otherwise benefit from the NHL before this lockout ends.
Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.
The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.
The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:
That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.
Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:
Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.
Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?