Nope — even though $380 million is considerably higher than the $220 million it was pegged at a year ago — it just doesn’t matter to him.
“You know who’s going to be interested in that?” Melnyk said today on TSN 1200 radio (audio). “My estate. Because that’s what it’s going to take to sell this team.”
Finances are a constant hot topic when it comes to Melnyk and his team. The Sens currently operate under a strict internal budget, considerably below the league’s salary cap, with Melnyk justifying the relative frugality by claiming he’s lost over $100 million since he took ownership of the club in 2003.
On that note, it’s interesting that Forbes estimated the Sens actually had a positive operating income of $6.8 million last season.
How can that be when Melnyk is claiming significant annual losses? Probably in large part because operating income doesn’t include interest (as well as taxes, depreciation and amortization), and the Sens are reportedly paying a lot of interest on the debt the club is carrying.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day