Despite some troubled franchises in which you’d have to include the Florida Panthers, the NHL posted record profits last season. Guess who’s number one? Guess who’s last?
There really aren’t many surprises here, but what I thought was interesting as well as gratifying since I am from there, was that the Chicago Blackhawks are ranked 7th. The Hawks were 16th in 2007. Their current average ticket price is $46.00. The Panthers average ticket price is $53.00. Hmmmm…… Does that make much sense?
If the Florida Panthers need a model of how to rebuild their franchise, they should take a long hard look at the Chicago Blackhawks. I could talk about them forever. From where they were, to what happened, to how they came back to the elite in the NHL. It’s really quite a resurgence and in a very short time when you think about it. Just think for a minute that the real change came after owner Dollar Bill Wirtz died and his son Rocky took over.
Now I am NOT saying that I wish death on anyone. Let’s make that perfectly clear. I don’t.
I am saying that an ownership change is either needed, or the Panthers need to get some legitimate hockey minds in the front office. They can start by clearing out all the scouts beginning with Scott Luce. They can get a real General Manager who actually knows how to pull off a trade. Jordan Leopold and a 3rd round pick for Jay Bouwmeester? Nice work Randy! They can also get a Director of Hockey Operations to oversee everything that goes on that is hockey related.
Everything in an organization starts at the top. What’s the old phrase? The Fish Stinks from the Head?
Here’s the report.
Thanks for reading.