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03-25-2013, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Whileee View Post
Besides everything else, it seems that Tippett and Maloney are not going to re-sign until they know what the future holds. As has been noted before, beyond everything else, this long term of ownership by the NHL is undermining the very foundations of the franchise. It is a tribute to the remarkable managerial and coaching performance of Maloney and Tippett that the team has been as competitive as it has for the past few years. But a team in limbo with a payroll near the bottom can't maintain on-ice performance for very long. The NHL has created an absolute travesty.
Agreed. They pretty much want an answer, and I don't know if "we're working on it" is enough for them. Thinking they want to see someone buy the team-either to keep the team or relocate-before making a decision. They probably have had some very quiet people from other teams behind the scenes very informally suggest that opportunities could be there should things fall apart. You keep your options open, and that's what they're doing. The team doesn't make the playoffs, that hurts season ticket sales (if the team is even going to be there), which in turn hurts the bottom line for all involved, plus management saying "you tell us definitively where we're playing before we talk contract", and the NHL is has to make some decisions. I only hope that the NHL, once reg season is over, if Yotes miss playoffs, say once one and for all what's happening-as CBC says-"just end it".

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