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Stache: The Big Boys Are Back - Junior Hockey News

Published: Sunday, 6 Jan 2013
By: Blaine Stoughton

Great the lookout is over; let's look at the challenges moving forward. You can argue all day what side got the best deal. In my option everyone benefits from this agreement including the fans.

Now that the players and owners have agreed to a business deal, there are a number of issues that were not addressed, one being the viability of a number of teams.

The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association have an agreement on an environment where everyone has an opportunity to succeed, REALLY?

I did not see the agreement, but I think there was a small increase in revenue sharing. Was it enough to make Nashville, Columbus, Phoenix and Florida, successful NHL markets?

In terms of these teams' profit and loss statements only their accounts know what the real net losses are, but we can assume they are not making a lot of money. I do not think all 30 teams will be in place five years from now, meaning fewer opportunities for junior hockey's youngest prospects.

That brings us to the obvious question, what does the process entail regarding making all teams viable under this agreement.

Chao, Stache   








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