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The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 12/13/2013
December 13, 2013 09:54 AM
• The Numbers
“24/7”: HBO’s four-part documentary series leading up to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic debuts tomorrow on HBO. Since this season’s Winter Classic features a Canadian team for the first time, this “24/7” effort also will be making its debut on a Canadian network, premiering on Sportsnet on Sunday. Now in its third season, the series “has been a game-changer for us,” said NHL COO John Collins.
Less than 24 hours: That’s the time it took earlier this week for the Coors Light Stadium Series game on March 1 between the Blackhawks and Penguins at Soldier Field to sell all 61,000 seats available.
$50: The value of a gift card the NHL began offering this week for customers who purchase a pair of tickets to the Stadium Series games featuring the Kings and Ducks at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25 and the Rangers and Islanders at Yankee Stadium on Jan. 29.
99 days: That’s all it took before first-year Calgary Flames President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke decided he needed to make major changes, firing GM Jay Feaster and assistant GM Jon Weisbrod on Thursday. Burke’s first interview for the GM position is expected to be with former Dallas GM (and former Flames draft pick) Joe Nieuwendyk.
6.9 percent: The league-leading percentage increase in per-game attendance seen this year for the Colorado Avalanche, after 15 home games. Improved on-ice performance has been a key factor in Colorado averaging 16,505 fans per game, up about 1,000 fans per game from last season. The team has won 21 of its first 30 games after finishing last in the Western Conference last season.
$71 million: That’s the projected NHL salary cap for the 2014-15 season, as shared by the league to the Board of Governors at a meeting earlier this week in Pebble Beach, Calif. The projection equals an increase of more than 10 percent from the current cap, which is $64.3 million. The bump is in large part a result of the significant revenue boost that will come from the new 12-year, C$5.2 billion deal signed with Rogers Communications for Canadian television rights, effective next season.
$52 million: Next year’s expected salary floor, which is the minimum a team can spend. This year’s floor is $44 million.
• Thursday: The NHL’s annual holiday roster freeze begins, continuing through Dec. 27.