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POST-LOCKOUT FALLOUT FROM 10 NHL CITIES
Published January 17, 1995
BUFFALO: Empire Sports Network will televise 46 of the Sabres 48 games, the most games ever carried on the regional sports network. The remaining two games will appear on Fox's national broadcast, and WUTV-TV will simulcast 10 regular-season games and all playoff games (Empire). DALLAS: Home Sports Entertainment will televise 19 regular- season Stars games (HSE). CHICAGO: Chris Chelios and the Blackhawks do not think the NHL will penalize Chelios for his comments threatening Commissioner Bettman (Lance Hornby, TORONTO SUN, 1/15). LOS ANGELES: In summing up the financial losses incurred by the Kings and the Mighty Ducks, Thomas Mulligan writes that the Kings "didn't have as much to lose," but the Ducks "should recover much faster." The Kings' lost revenues are estimated at $10M, but salary savings of $9M make the overall loss nearly a "wash." The Ducks lost revenues are estimated at $12.75M, but lower salaries bring their total losses to about $6M (L.A. TIMES, 1/16). MONTREAL: Canadiens President Ronald Corey sold 12,000 Class-A non-voting shares in Molson Companies, the owner of the team, worth C$223,875 at the "height" of the lockout in December (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 1/14). NEW YORK: Assessing the Rangers after the lockout, Joe Lapointe writes that the relationship between Rangers President & GM and new MSG President Dave Checketts "may be even more complex and perplexing" than Mark Messier's situation. Lapointe notes it was Checketts and a Garden lawyer that attended the "crucial" January 7 Board meeting. Smith's absence "had to create obvious questions in [his NHL peers'] minds" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/15)....Mark Everson sees Messier's looming salary dispute as a key post-deal test for the NHL and the union (N.Y. POST, 1/16). Messier appeared on "Letterman" Friday and raised the Stanley Cup banner in the studio ("Late Night," CBS, 1/13). PHILADELPHIA: Les Bowen of the DAILY NEWS calls Flyers Owner Ed Snider a "winner" because of the "way he handled" the lockout (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 1/13). TORONTO: Maple Leaf Gardens Ltd. says its pretax income was reduced by about C$8.5M as a result of the work stoppage (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 1/14)....Ken Baumgartner, who served on the union negotiating committee with teammate/NHLPA Pres Mike Gartner: "In the old days in the wrong city, Garts and I would be moving to another team today. But this is a first-class organization and there'll be no strong-arm tactics" (Lance Hornby, TORONTO SUN, 1/14). VANCOUVER: Canuck Owner Arthur Griffiths said he voted "no" on the players' last offer because the deal could have "severely affected the control of the club": "I'm not saying I would have lost control of the club, but I'd have had to borrow more and pledge more security." The Canucks are collateral for the $163M GM Place that will house Griffiths' Grizzlies (Iain MacIntyre, VANCOUVER SUN, 1/14). WASHINGTON: Capitals VP of Marketing Lew Strudler said the team plans to advertise on local broadcast outlets and in newspapers and magazines, as well as Metrobuses. Strudler added that the Capitals have hired a full-time staffer to work on "presentation" of the game, including music and bands (Athelia Knight, WASHINGTON POST, 1/14).