When Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin was felled by a puck to his left eye last week, an accident that left him sidelined for a month or more with a broken orbital bone, it once more brought into sharp relief the never-ending and rather curious debate over the use of visors in the NHL.
The 12 percent, which accounts for 713 players, is based on a $1.8 billion revenue estimate for the season, which is probably low. Revenues were $2.1 billion during the 2003-04 season, and that figure was based on a smaller definition of revenue than the hockey-related revenue definition of the new agreement.
“All of the early revenue indicators, including better than expected season-ticket renewals and single-game ticket sales, strong attendance figures, better than expected TV and radio revenues and ratings, suggest the 2005-06 year is shaping up much better than the conservative forecasts on which escrow dollars are based,” NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin said Sunday.
Despite all of his achievements, Carter is having a difficult time adjusting to the NHL. No points in the preseason, no points in the first two games and an experiment to play him opposite Peter Forsberg and Simon Gagne has been scrapped.