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• RIP Hostess . We'll never forget how you framed the 1987-88 Buffalo Sabres.
• Today's must-read is from Jonathan Willis of Cult of Hockey, who takes a look at the Florida Panthers' profitability and finds out that, hey, they actually have some despite all the doom and gloom about reported losses. Funny how hockey-related revenue can be defined sometimes. [ Edmonton Journal ]
• Erin Bolen of Defending Big D, meanwhile, has an important companion piece that gets deeper into the issues: "This article is not to say that there are no teams losing money - that's impossible to prove and almost certainly false. But whenever you start talking about the finances of these hockey teams, remember that it's not as easy as Craig Leipold (chairman of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment which owns the Minnesota Wild) telling you how much money he lost or the San Jose Sharks, owned by San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises, saying despite record crowds, they're still in the red." [ Defending Big D ]
• Via The Sports Pickle, which is as you know a sports humor blog: "Gary Bettman Says He's Really Getting Into the NBA This Year." [ SP ]
• We could have a vote on a Phoenix Coyotes' deal by Nov. 27 in Glendale. "The new deal has the city paying Jamison's Arizona Arena Hockey Partners LLC $11 million by the end of June and then between $13 million and $18 million per year through the rest of the 20-year lease term." [ Phoenix Business Journal ]
• Here's a lengthy analysis piece on the Coyotes from Fred Poulin, including: "When the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) came to an end on September 15th, 2012, the NHL was certainly disappointed that the ownership situation in Glendale had not been settled. Instead, it remains a distraction throughout negotiations on a new CBA that will have major impacts on revenue sharing as well as the salary cap. At this point, the best Coyotes fans can hope for is to see a lockout-shortened lame-duck season in Glendale before the league makes a decision regarding the future of the franchise, should there be no developments with Greg Jamison next spring." [ The Hockey Writers ]
• Why does the NHL want two-year entry-level contracts? [ PHT ]
• Here are the details on that epic Operation Hat Trick charity game on Nov. 21 in Atlantic city, featuring Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers players. [ Press of Atlantic City ]
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