Crantor said:I don't think he was seriously thinking that they should reimburse season ticket holders. it was just something he said out of frustration.
Owners and teams lose revenue during the olympics and pay millions for their players who, if they come back injured, are useless to them.
While I want to see my country's best players compete, I understand why owners and the NHL would want to forbid their players to go over. The players want to go, but the owners aren't so keen. I'm willing to bet that Bettman will cave to owner pressure.
Crantor said:Yep. Some do. 2 weeks of no revenue in their stadiums. No revenue from advertising. How much do you think Tavares is worth? He's still going to be making his money but will not be playing for the rest of the season and might end up costing his team even more if they don't get to or get far in the playoffs. Playoff games are worth a lot.
Edit to add: his contract is 5.5 million this year. Factor in how many games he will now miss, not counting the medical support he will be gaining and the lost revenue (potentially) from the playoffs and re org they will need to do. That's how much the islanders are out.
Kat Stevens said:That comes under the heading of "hazards of the Job", don't you think? If the fans are only showing up for 2 or 3 players on a team, I'd say said team has bigger problems.
PuckChaser said:Garth Snow should be more worried about him having to repay season ticket holders after he's built a team that's 13 points out of the playoffs where no one wants to play.
These players have insurance on their contracts, and on LTIR the team isn't on the hook for very much of a salary after the insurance kicks in. Yes its a hit to them back home, but when most players indicate they'd leave to go play in the Olympics anyways, I think we have our answer. Injuries happen. Its a sport on slippery ice with sharp blades of steel, carbon fiber sticks and where people are actively encouraged to hit each other. Could have easily have happened in practice back in the US.
lestock said:5-0 Finland over USA? A very public demonstration of wheels falling off.
hopefully not a sign of Europeans teaching North Americans how to play on 'Big Ice'
lestock said:I don't think I can agree with the premiss that The US didn't care to be bothered to play for third and therefore settled for fourth and no medal. I think they got their asses handed to them.