The NHL Shift: Numbers and notes, 4/4/2014

A look at the past week in the NHL:

As Sale Talks Continue, Islanders Valued at $370 million

The value of the New York Islanders in the club’s reported sale negotiations by team owner Charles Wang has been put at $370 million, according to a source in the financial industry.

Talks between Wang and a group led by Philadelphia-based hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway are said to be ongoing. According to the source, Barroway’s group is short of the funding necessary for the acquisition but is looking for additional partners. The group is seeking to raise another $30 million to $50 million in order to complete the deal.

A league source said that, should a deal be finalized, there is a chance Wang could remain majority owner of the team at the outset. One scenario being discussed involves Barroway and his partners buying between 30 percent and 49 percent of the team by this summer, with the opportunity to increase their stake in subsequent seasons, eventually taking majority ownership.
  
The Islanders begin play in Barclays Center in Brooklyn in the 2015-16 season.

Wang has said that he will continue to listen to serious offers, and with word getting out last Friday that the Islanders are available, Wang is likely to hear from other interested parties.

BY THE NUMBERS

744,000 viewers: That was the audience for NBCSN’s “Wednesday Night Rivalry” game between Detroit and Boston this week, making it the second-most watched “Wednesday” game and third-most watched game overall on the network this season. Only a season-opening Washington-Chicago game (Oct. 1; 935,000 viewers) and a “Wednesday” Philadelphia-Pittsburgh matchup (Nov. 13; 759,000) drew bigger audience this season on NBCSN.

20 years: That’s the tenure of Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who is expected to retire at the end of the season. Rutherford, 65, started with the franchise in 1994, when it was the Hartford Whalers. He may stay with the Hurricanes as team president.

11,812: Since the Olympic break in February, there has been only one announced crowd of less than 12,000 fans at an NHL game. That game was Tuesday night, when the Islanders hosted Florida in a game between two teams out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The home team has been without star John Tavares, injured during the Olympics.

-2 percent: That’s the meager drop-off in average attendance from last season (18,970) to this one (18,570) for the Buffalo Sabres, an impressive feat considering the team has been at the bottom of the league’s standings since the beginning of this season. The Sabres, with one of the most passionate fan bases in the NHL, are in the early stages of a rebuilding program.

0: Number of NHL teams with as many Twitter followers as TSN analyst Bob McKenzie, who has 697,000 — the most of any hockey reporter.

THE LIST: NHL teams on Twitter (ranked by number of followers)
1. Toronto Maple Leafs: 552,000
2. Montreal Canadiens: 540,000
3t. Boston Bruins: 521,000
3t. Chicago Blackhawks: 521,000
5. Vancouver Canucks: 502,000
6. Pittsburgh Penguins: 492,000
7. Detroit Red Wings: 406,000
8. Los Angeles Kings: 325,000
9. Philadelphia Flyers: 323,000
10. New York Rangers: 307,000
11. Edmonton Oilers: 286,000
12. Washington Capitals: 215,000
13. St. Louis Blues: 212,000
14. Calgary Flames: 210,000
15. San Jose Sharks: 203,000
16. Minnesota Wild: 202,000
17. Winnipeg Jets: 200,000
18. Buffalo Sabres: 196,000
19. Ottawa Senators: 193,000
20. New Jersey Devils: 183,000
21. Colorado Avalanche: 167,000
22. Dallas Stars: 165,000
23. Columbus Blue Jackets: 153,000
24. Tampa Bay Lightning: 151,000
25. Anaheim Ducks: 148,000
26. Nashville Predators: 135,000
27. Carolina Hurricanes: 120,000
28. New York Islanders: 113,000
29. Phoenix Coyotes: 110,000
30. Florida Panthers: 104,000

THE PLAYLIST: A look at some of the songs played in-arena during an NHL game
Game: Boston at Detroit
Date: Wednesday, April 2
Location: Joe Louis Arena
In-charge: The Red Wings’ Integrated Media Department, with a little help from Hockeytown: Some songs are submitted by fans using the team’s Twitter page.
“Don’t Stop Believin’” — Journey
“Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” — Fedde LeGrand
“Detroit Rock City” — Kiss
“Raise A Little Hell” — Trooper
“Last Man Standing” — Pop Evil
“Welcome 2 Detroit” — Trick Trick/Eminem
“Can’t Hold Us” — Macklemore
“All I Do Is Win” — DJ Khaled
“Jump Around” — House Of Pain
“Best Day Of My Life” — American Authors
“Animals” — Martin Garrix
“I’m The Man” — Aloe Blacc
“Lonely Boy” — Black Keys
“Slow Ride” — Foghat
“Booyah”— Showtek
“Sweet Caroline”— Neil Diamond
“Pompeii”— Bastille
“Counting Stars”— One Republic

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