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  1. Return of the Whale Imminent

    Carolina is not messing around. Whalers shirts on sale at PNC arena tonight.
  2. 2015-16 NHL Uniform and Logo Changes

    Well, Florida (and arguably Carolina and Philly, although the Flyers have had that red line for decades) is absolutely breaking the last clause of Rule 1.5. "There shall also be a line, twelve inches (12'') in width and red in color, drawn completely across the rink in center ice, parallel with the goal lines and continued vertically up the side of the boards, known as the “CENTER LINE.” This line shall contain regular interval markings of a uniform distinctive design, which will readily distinguish it from the two blue lines, the outer edges of which must be continuous. (Paint code PMS 186.)"
  3. Minor League Hockey Shake-up...coming

    An additional strike against Springfield as one of the relocation sites is that the MGM Casino is moving into town, and has already announced a partnership with the MassMutual Center (where the Falcons play) and has sponsored the Falcons since 2012. The partnership proposal states that MGM commits to an additional three-year sponsorship post-opening of the casino. That's not to say that such a proposal couldn't be transferred to an ECHL team, but it does give some insight as to why a lower attendance number is less of a worry in Springfield than in other places.
  4. Minor League Hockey Shake-up...coming

    From what I understand, the Checkers' move will also ensure a better selection of prime weekend dates, which is critical for the health and survival of any minor-league hockey team (particularly one that exists in a market with another major league winter sport). The city and club are sinking a bunch of money into renovations, and it's seen as a homecoming - it's the original Charlotte Coliseum that has been the home for hockey in Charlotte since the 50s.
  5. The Daytona set really needs a secondary logo with Danny Trejo's head as a part of it.
  6. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    So the Glendale council met last night to consider Renaissance's pitch for how they've found $9.5 million more in revenues to share to move the arena management subsidy from $6.5 million to $15 million. The response was, shall we say, underwhelming? Alvarez walked out. The important information is that there doesn't seem to be the momentum and will to get a vote on this before the NHL's benchmark date of 27 June. Who blinks first?
  7. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    City of Glendale passed the budget in a whirlwind meeting, with Sherwood (the guy touting the mystery buyer) being one of two votes against. 6.5M for arena management. They've narrowed to two finalists for arena management in the meantime, RSE being neither. Meanwhile, a plane departs from Teeterboro to Quebec City, stopping for 45 minutes or so then headed to Portland ME.
  8. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    And Seattle's not quite as big of a draw for NBC as one might think specifically with respect to hockey. CBC cannibalizes part of the hockey-watching market in that area, so much so that their main NBC affiliate relegated Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals to their second-tier channel in town. I suspect the hockey fans who really care about hockey in the Phx metroplex are still going to tune into NHL on NBC in near-identical numbers. Picking up a market might be nice for the network, but strengthening the set of 30 in the long run would benefit both league and network. With that reasoning, QC combined with their readiness to house a franchise is the only logical choice. Which of course means we'll be introducing YOUR Las Vegas Boondoggles next week.
  9. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    From the conspiracy theory department: Quebecor just hired the Habs' former VP for operations who ran the Forum and Bell Centre to head up their Sports and Entertainment division.
  10. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    Precisely how the Winnipeg move started, if I recall correctly.
  11. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    Of poor taste? Most certainly.
  12. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    I think Bettman just deals with it by putting a Nordiques logo in the Phoenix envelope at the draft tonight, rigging them to win, and acting like nothing ever happened.
  13. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    I'm calling hoax. I can't find a single reputable news outlet that confirms the story, and no press release on Notre Dame's website.
  14. Say it ain't so, Joe

    I'm not sure how to define 'real' journalist (I don't know what his degree is in, for instance), but he's worked regular reporting beats in the past for Pittsburgh newspaper and TV outlets. He ever-so-briefly had a national ESPN Radio show as well.
  15. Say it ain't so, Joe

    Madden's a talking head of some renown in Pittsburgh, and has been controversial for being outspoken. That said, he toes a pretty firm line between his opinion and reporting, and he's extremely well-connected in Western PA. He's got particularly strong ties to the Beaver County Times sports staff, and I'd wager those are the reporters to which he's referring.