Anyone else think that it's a sunk cost like this that could take a bite out of HRR revenues? Will pucks be a hot button issue at the CBA talks? What I don't get is each team "HAS" to buy that amount? What if you ONLY go through about 6 or 7 grand worth of pucks in a season?
You're probably right. I think we will see several mentionings like this over the next few months that happen to list all of the costs to teams as far as their hockey ops go. I really cannot think of another reason someone would write or talk about something as trivial as this if they were not nudged in that direction by league types.
don't teams spend like $500 000 a year on sticks? that is not that much for an NHL team but it is a huge cost for minor league teams.
I have no reference but I thought things like sticks were often provided for free by the manufacturers due to the advertising they get by having their equipment used in NHL games. Players often sign endorsement deals with certain companies, so I'm not sure how that would work if the teams were paying for them.
Also, I think the article is wrong where it said that the NHL controls the selling of the team's jerseys. Each team makes their own arrangements from what I've seen.