So, just 12 days before the Board of Governors convenes for a rally in Manhattan, let's address a couple of the more egregious bits of phoniness from hockey's would-be lords.
many of the league's proposals stipulate that in order to receive aid, a club must play to 80 percent capacity. That prerequisite would alone have eliminated four of last year's bottom feeders: Nashville, which filled approximately 77 percent of its seats while producing the least amount of revenue in the league; Washington, which played to about 79 percent capacity while bringing in the fifth-least revenue; Carolina, which filled just 65 percent of its arena as the ninth-least money-maker, and Pittsburgh, which played to 70 percent capacity as the 10h-smallest income-producer.
the league hard cap would mandate minimum payrolls of $32.6M, Nashville and Pittsburgh would have been forced to pay their players more money than they did a year ago, as would bottom 10 revenue-share receivers Florida and Atlanta. Oh; Edmonton, too.