If the NHL players and personnel were worried about the COVID-19 virus, the league is taking extraordinary steps to ensure the NHL schedule will not be disrupted. The Vegas Golden Knights owner hit back at reports that Max Pacioretty is on the NHL trade block, and the Pittsburgh Penguins value is holding steady.
Despite being one of the smallest markets in the NHL, the Penguins are the 11th most valuable franchise (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
Truly, the Penguins’ value is a testament to you; ticket sales, TV ratings, and merchandise. Just make sure you stick around without a world-class superstar!
Speaking of merchandise — get discounts on the Penguins reverse retros and all of the other jerseys and merch here (Fanatics)
According to well connected former Sportsnet and Hockey Night in Canada reporter John Shannon, the NHL is preparing to privately purchase COVID-19 vaccines. Shannon also clarified, the league will do so when the vaccines are available for private purchase, but they currently are not.
Source confirms that the NHL is planning the private purchase of a COVID vaccine for all constituents involved in the potential upcoming season.
— John Shannon (@JShannonhl) December 10, 2020
Some NHL executives and team personnel are skeptical of the Jan. 13 start date. (TSN)
PHN may have been one of the first to report that ads on jerseys were being floated as sources for new revenue. Since the owners buckled, that has gone away — BUT — ads on helmets may arrive (Sportsnet)
Vegas Golden Knights owner did his best to shut down NHL trade rumors around Max Pacioretty. “He’s not being shopped…” (Vegas Hockey Now)
In full disclosure, TSN reported he was and Pittsburgh Hockey Now and Boston Hockey Now have irrefutable sources that the Pittsburgh Penguins, LA Kings and others have at least inquired. This is one of the times when parsing language is important. Has VGK shopped Pacioretty? Define shopped. Have they listened? Have they made him untouchable?
The Boston Bruins are now worth a Billion dollars. That’s $1,000,000,000. (Boston Hockey Now)
And, it doesn’t appear that Pittsburgh Penguins top prospect Sam Poulin will make the Team Canada squad for the World Juniors (Sportsnet)
It’s a tough year to make Team Canada, as several players who would already be in the NHL are instead going to wear the Maple Leaf.