Bruins estimated as fifth most valuable NHL franchise

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Bruins estimated as fifth most valuable NHL franchise

The numbers are in, and the business of being the Boston Bruins is quite a lucrative one despite the ongoing NHL lockout.

According to the numbers just released in the annual NHL report by Forbes magazine, the Bruins are rated as the fifth most valuable NHL franchise with an estimated worth of 348 million. They trail only the Toronto Maple Leafs (1 billion), New York Rangers (750 million) Montreal Canadiens (575 million) and Chicago Blackhawks (350 million) in estimated value with the Leafs becoming the first NHL club to eclipse 1 billion in estimated value.

Amazingly there isnt a single NBA franchise thats topped 1 billion in estimated value with the Los Angeles Lakers topping the list at 900,000 million.

The Forbes piece illustrated the alarming balance between the top handful of NHL teams that average upwards of 600 million in overall franchise value while -- at the other end of the spectrum -- the St. Louis Blues were recently purchased for the relative pittance of 130 million. According to the Forbes date the league enjoyed a 9 percent increase in overall revenue to 3.4 billion during the 2011-12 season. The average National Hockey League team is now worth 282 million, an increase of 18 percent from the previous season.

The five least valuable NHL franchises -- the Carolina Hurricanes (162 million), New York Islanders (155 million), Columbus Blue Jackets (145 million), Phoenix Coyotes (134 million) and St. Louis Blues (130 million) -- bottomed out at an average worth of just 145 million. Those numbers are part of what fuels the NHL lockout, and is the biggest reason the NHL Board of Governors have been seeking a 5050 split in Hockey Related Revenue while the NHLPA has been calling for a sizeable increase in league revenue sharing.

Here is the full list of NHL franchise values according to Forbes Magazine:
 
1. Toronto Maple Leafs
Team value: 1,000 million
 
2. New York Rangers
Team value: 750 million
 
3. Montreal Canadiens
Team value: 575 million
 
4. Chicago Blackhawks
Team value: 350 million
 
5. Boston Bruins
Team value: 348 million
 
6. Detroit Red Wings
Team value: 346 million
 
7. Vancouver Canucks
Team value: 342 million
 
8. Philadelphia Flyers
Team value: 336 million
 
9. Pittsburgh Penguins
Team value: 288 million
 
10. Los Angeles Kings
Team value: 276 million
 
11. Washington Capitals
Team value: 250 million
 
12. Calgary Flames
Team value: 245 million
 
13. Dallas Stars
Team value: 240 million
 
14. Edmonton Oilers
Team value: 225 million
 
15. San Jose Sharks
Team value: 223 million
 
16. Ottawa Senators
Team value: 220 million
 
17. Minnesota Wild
Team value: 218 million
 
18. Colorado Avalanche
Team value: 210 million
 
19. New Jersey Devils
Team value: 205 million
 
20. Winnipeg Jets
Team value: 200 million
 
21. Anaheim Ducks
Team value: 192 million
22. Buffalo Sabres
Team value: 175 million
 
23. Tampa Bay Lightning
Team value: 174 million
 
24. Florida Panthers
Team value: 170 million
 
25. Nashville Predators
Team value: 167 million
 
26. Carolina Hurricanes
Team value: 162 million
 
27. New York Islanders
Team value: 155 million
 
28. Columbus Blue Jackets
Team value: 145 million
 
29. Phoenix Coyotes
Team value: 134 million
 
30. St. Louis Blues
Team value: 130 million

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

Turner jokes that Celtics will retire his number

It’s not the craziest thing someone has said on Twitter, but Evan Turner tweeted Monday that the Celtics should retire his number. 

It was a joke, of course, as the former Celtic was reacting to news that Isaiah Thomas had said he liked the No. 11 and would change his jersey number if so many people in Boston hadn’t already purchased his No. 4 jersey. 

After Turner joked that No. 11 was going to be retired, Thomas joked back that he would wear No. 11 as a tribute to the current Trail Blazer. 

Prior to being traded to Boston, Thomas wore No. 22 for Sacramento and No. 3 for Phoenix. 

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

Curran: McDaniels staying with Pats shouldn't be a shocker

For weeks the speculation regarding Josh McDaniels wasn't a matter of "if" but "when."

But while national media had McDaniels signed, sealed and delivered to multiple landing spots, the proposition that he'd leave at all was never a likelihood. 

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The Rams weren't attractive to him from the outset. Jacksonville didn't excite him, either. And on Monday, he passed on the 49ers opportunity. 

The lure of a blank slate in San Fran at quarterback and GM didn't outpace the uncertainty of going cross-country to work for a seemingly dysfunctional franchise that's cycled rapidly through coaches and has an unrealistic sense that it's a long, long way removed from its glory days, the only remnant remaining from that being perhaps the logo on the helmet. 

With four kids and a job McDaniels considers one of the 10 best on coaching -- head man or no -- he will stay on as the Patriots' offensive coordinator.

"I was really impressed with (Niners owner) Jed York and (team executive) Paraag Marathe . . . and the people that came from the 49ers organization," McDaniels said on a conference call this morning. "They did a great job with their presentation. Humbled to be included in that process. At this time it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

The same faulty speculative reasoning that had McDaniels as good as gone from the Patriots will move on undeterred today and surmise that McDaniels is staying with the Patriots because he knows, or has been promised, that he'll receive the head coaching job when Bill Belichick steps aside. 

While the Kraft family certainly thinks highly of McDaniels and that could come to pass, anyone tapping their foot and checking their watch waiting for Belichick to step down is in for a long wait. He's showing no signs of wrapping it up and, while I haven't been told directly McDaniels isn't the automatic successor, he wouldn't be taking interviews at all if he were assured that. 

What will be interesting to see is whether interest remains high in him for other jobs or the perception that he's never going to leave means teams don't bother to ask. San Fran obviously had its heart set on McDaniels. Even though Nick Caserio passed on the chance to interview with the Niners for their open GM job, the team did talk to Louis Riddick about the spot. He and McDaniels have high regard for each other. 

Between McDaniels, Caserio and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the people closest to Belichick on the coaching flow chart all had chances to go somewhere else and all passed on the chance. It's another example of not why the Patriots are good but why they remain good. Stability.