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TSN: An NHL Team in Toronto Could Be Yours For - $1.2 Billion?

08 September 2014 - 06:59 PM

I thought this article on TSN today was pretty interesting about how much a 2nd Toronto area team could be worth in terms of an expansion fee. The article is long but also includes speculation on potential expenses and revenue. Here's a snippet:



The National Hockey League would likely command a record expansion fee worth as much as $1.2 billion for a second franchise in Toronto, sources tell TSN - a sum that would eclipse the previous North American sports record of $700 million that the Houston Texans paid to join the National Football League back in 1999.
The bankers, who collectively have advised both buyers and sellers of NHL teams, as well as owners who have sought new limited partners, said bidding for a new team in Toronto would begin around $800 million. Opinion was split on how high the bidding might go. Three of the bankers said they could see the auction reach $1.2 billion. The other two doubted the bidding would eclipse $1 billion.

"In an auction situation, I could see it getting to $1 billion or even $1.2 billion," said Drew Dorweiler, a Montreal economist who has been hired by the owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Manchester United and other sports teams to estimate their franchise values. "An NHL team in Toronto is a marquee property."


2014-15 Prospect Thread

01 September 2014 - 12:59 AM

It's September so might as well get this going...


New Additions: C John Quenneville, D Joshua Jacobs, RW Connor Chatham, D Ryan Rehill, C Joey Dudek, LW Brandon Baddock
Going Pro: D Joe Faust, D Curtis Gedig, LW Ben Johnson, LW Ben Thomson, C Graham Black, D Damon Severson, RW Myles Bell* No confirmation Bell has been signed but I'm assuming he is.
Not Signed: RW Derek Rodwell
C Blake Coleman (Miami - SR)
LW/C Blake Pietila (Michigan Tech - SR)
LW/C Alex Kerfoot (Harvard - SO)
D Steve Santini (Boston College - SO)
D Joshua Jacobs (Michigan State - FR)* Sarnia hold his OHL rights, Green Bay hold his USHL rights.
G Anthony Brodeur (Gatineau)
C Ryan Kujawinski (Kingston)
RW Connor Chatham (Plymouth)
C John Quenneville (Brandon)
D Ryan Rehill (Kamloops)
LW Brandon Baddock (Edmonton)
C Joey Dudek (Dubuque)* Committed to Boston College for 2015-16.
LW Miles Wood (South Shore Kings and Noble & Greenough)* Committed to Boston College for 2015-16.
C Artur Gavrus (Dinamo Minsk)
Let me know if I made any errors or forgot something above.
Preseason Stats thru 8/31:
Anthony Brodeur: 3 GP 2-0-0, 3.20 GAA, .902 SV%
Connor Chatham: 1 GP 1-0-1
Ryan Rehill: 1 GP 0-0-0
Brandon Baddock: 1 GP 0-0-0, +1, 16 PIM (Interference, Goalie Interference, Roughing, Misconduct)
Artur Gavrus and Dinamo Minsk finished their 10 game preseason but there isn't much info out there.
Not to spam my own stuff but as most of you know I'm writing about the prospects for In Lou We Trust. Using the Prospects - Devils & Otherwise tag you can see some of my post from this summer. I'll have a post up Tuesday about the Devils CHL prospects that are turning pro with quotes and opinions from the radio announcers and a blogger that covered them the past few years. I'll still be doing daily updates for all the games in this thread all year long.


2014 Rookie Camp

08 July 2014 - 03:49 AM

vadvlfan brought up the upcoming Rookie Camp (July 13-18) in the 2014 draft thread so I figured we might as well get this thread started. Apparently the entire 2014 draft class is expected to attend as are the CHL players. Always tough to tell if the NCAA prospects will get a chance so we'll have to wait and see.


Probably won't know the full roster till the 13th but a few names have trickled in for the undrafted invitees:

F Matt Lorito (Brown) (Source)

LW/C Ross Mauermann (Providence) (Source)

D Tyler Wood (Brown) (Source)

C/RW Ryan Rosenthal (Coquitlam – Northeastern recruit) (Source)

LW Nick Saracino (Providence) (Source)

C/RW Jayden Hart (Prince Albert) (Source)

RW Eric Faille (University of Moncton) (Source) (hat tip to caron14 for pointing this out)

C Matt Needham (Kamloops) (Source)


I'll write up more on these guys when it's not close to 5 AM.


Last year the Devils invited G Jake Hildebrand (Michigan State) whose had a solid NCAA career and G Brandon Hope (Owen Sound). Hildebrand was invited to the Penguins camp July 15-21 but it seems like he’s on campus this summer and won’t attend any NHL prospect camp. He's a potential UDFA to keep an eye out for next spring. Still I imagine they'll find another goalie or two to invite.


I also wonder if they'll invite guys like C Brady Vail (Windsor) or C Austin Czarnik (Miami).


D Nolan Zajac (Denver) will be at the Jets camp July 7-11 so I doubt to see him in the Devils camp.

Devils 2014 6th Round Pick - C Brandon Baddock

28 June 2014 - 12:02 PM

Overager listed at 6'4, 205 lbs by Elite Prospects. Had just 17 points in 56 games in the WHL last year. Just a 0.24 Pts/GP player for his WHL career. Not ranked anywhere. I honestly don't even know what to say at this point. Would've rather taken an overager like Brady Vail who re-entered the draft.


Here's his fight card.

Devils 2014 6th Round Pick - C Joey Dudek

28 June 2014 - 11:54 AM

Listed by Elite Prospects at 5'11, 179 lbs, just spent his age 18 year playing HS hockey where he had 44 points in 25 games. Committed to Boston College but could spend a year with Dubuque (USHL) or go to Quebec whom hold his QMJHL rights.


Rankings: Central Scouting 109 (NA Skaters), Future Considerations 92, Hockey Prospect + Pronman + Button (not ranked)


Snippet from Future Considerations:


Dudek is a great skater with a superb hockey IQ and a knack for playmaking. Good acceleration and top speed with good balance and jump in his step. He has a solid frame and strength that he uses effectively along the boards. He attacks the puck with energy and plays bigger than he is. His biggest weakness is his lack of physicality. He doesn’t appear to like when the game takes a physical turn, and therefore plays primarily on the perimeter. That said, he does win a fair amount of puck battles in open ice throughout the neutral zone. He possesses soft hands and it shows when he works the cycle. He won’t drive toward the net very often, but he is very good at setting up the cycle and creating quick plays. Good vision and smart thinker. Makes quick, easy plays; nothing overly fancy, but it works when he’s winning battles along the boards. Defensively, he has a decent presence down the middle as the line’s center, but like most high school prospects, he did not command defensive presence.


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