The Winnipeg Jets – Fully Homegrown

Where were you on Tuesday, May 31? To say that the day was historic is an understatement. In terms of events worth celebrating, it may be the biggest day in Manitoba since the end of World War II. So in commemoration of the NHL’s return to Winnipeg here is the complete depth chart of all active, NHL-quality Manitobans:

All-Manitoba Roster

C: Jonathan Toews (Chi), Travis Zajac (Njd), Darren Helm (Det), Andrew Murray (Clb), Dustin Boyd (KHL)

LW: Dustin Penner (Lak), Alex Steen (Stl), Matt Calvert (Clb), Nigel Dawes (KHL), Cody McLeod (Col)

RW: Eric Fehr (Was), Jordin Tootoo (Nas), Ryan White (Mtl), Troy Bodie (Car), Colton Orr (Tor)

D: Ian White (UFA), Aaron Rome (Van), Travis Hamonic (Nyi), Cam Barker (Min), Bryce Salvador (Njd – currently concussed), Derek Meech (UFA), Shane Hnidy (UFA)

G: James Reimer (Tor), Brent Krahn (Dal) Continue reading

3-for-30: How the NHL’s Top-3 Teams Keep the League Afloat

A look at the key economic indicators of all 30 NHL franchises (See table at document’s end for details)

Operating Income

The total operating income in 2010-2011 for the 30 NHL franchises was $160M (SEE TABLE BELOW). However, if you remove the top 3 teams – Toronto, New York R, and Montreal – operating losses totaled 17 million. In fact, if you remove the top 8 teams, (all extremely healthy franchises), operating losses were $83 million. The root of the problem lies with the unstable franchises in the bottom 9. Of the $83 million in operating losses, they account for $76 million, or about $8 million each. Even still, it’s disconcerting that the thirteen teams in the middle of the pack lost $7 million. And these are just operating losses (You can make an operating profit and still run a loss overall). The Phoenix Coyotes are known to have lost over $30 million last year, while many estimate the Atlanta Thrashers’ loss to exceed $40 million.

Franchise Values

Collectively, the franchises are worth $166 million more than in 2009-2010, for an average increase of $5.5M per team. However, once again the top 3 heavily skew those statistics. Toronto, New York, and Montreal collectively gained $151M in value, meaning the value of the other 28 franchises increased by only $15 million.

In fact, of the 30 franchises, 14 are actually worth less in 2011 than at the end of 2010. And as with operating income, the bottom 9 franchises substantially decreased in value –  $92 million – while the middle 13 increased by a paltry $9 million. So the NHL’s economic structure mirrors the rest of society – the poor are getting poorer and the rich are getting richer. Continue reading