NHL Lockout Canadian Corner – October 25, 2012.

Senators owner responds to rumors he might sell the team, the Maple Leafs new owner lost money in their opening quarter, Jets captain Andrew Ladd responds to reality of a possibly shortened NHL season, and updates on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Louis Leblanc.


Eugene Melnyk denies he’ll sell the Senators.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk dismissed rumors he was considering selling the club. In an e-mail response to the Citizen, Melnyk wrote, ““I will never sell the Senators. Not a chance.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, the new co-owners of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, reported taking a loss in their opening quarter of owning the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s probably because – thanks to the NHL lockout –the Maple Leafs, the crown jewel in the MLSE empire, didn’t have a full training camp period or a pre-season schedule.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets captain Andrew Ladd acknowledged the reality of a possibly shortened NHL schedule.

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones believes Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is looking stronger and is quicker on the draw compared to last season.

CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens forward Louis Leblanc has been sidelined four-six weeks by a sprained ankle.

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  1. So the new owners of the Leafs report a first quarter loss and it is a possibility that the loss could be because of the lockout. How long before these companies start putting the heat on other owners to get a deal done and get revenue coming through the door? It is all fine and dandy to say that the owners can sit back and amass losses at their hockey venues because they have other corporations to help keep the wolf from the door but when you are reporting to a board of directors that you don’t know when they might start seeing a return on their investment things can get a little heated and pressure can build.
    While the players will start feeling the reality of not having a full paycheck, NHL dollars, this week the owners are made aware daily by their CFO’s of the mounting losses and if they can be recouped by what Bettman is proposing. It might not take too long before pressure starts to mount for Bettman to get the NHLPA back to the table with a little sweeter offer.