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Dater’s Daily: Joe Thornton to Florida, Colorado Avalanche in bottom third of NHL revenue



Good Friday to you all. I took a couple days of R ‘n’ R. Well, not quite all rest and relaxation. I’m in the process of getting my back looked at more, so there were a couple of appointments. I could be headed for a pretty serious surgery, but we’ll see. Take care of that back, kids. DBLA – Don’t be like Adrian. … Let’s do some hockey links, starting with Joe Thornton finding work again.

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  • Joe Thornton, a Florida Panther. That’s a weird one, but it became reality today. Our George Richards has all the details (Florida Hockey Now)
  • So, the Colorado Avalanche are ranked 22nd in the NHL in revenue – and projected revenue (
  • Jaromir Jagr is STILL playing hockey (
  • Sportsnet: What a scene at Fenway Park in Boston Thursday when Calgary Flames Asst. GM and Melrose, MA native Chris Snow, who has battled ALS for two years, threw out the first pitch prior to the Boston Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game.
  • Vancouver: Our man at VHN, Rob Simpson, pays homage to the late, great Tony Esposito.
  • San Jose: San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane is on the NHL trade market but who wants the troubled Kane right now?
  • The hockey writing community is in mourning today, after the passing of Jay Greenberg at 71. I knew Jay, and he was not only an excellent writer, but a very good person. Nice tribute to Jay here from Lance Hornby (Toronto Sun)
  • Captain Anders Lee seems ready for a full return to the Islanders this coming season (NYI Hockey Now)
  • The “liking” of some politically-charged tweets got a newly-hired minor-league goalie coach in the Maple Leafs organization canceled (TSN}
  • The top 10 fantasy rookies to watch for the coming season (
  • Book recommendation: “Alright, Alright, Alright” – an oral history of the film Dazed and Confused. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, and so far, the book is great. Lots of juicy inside details from the whole cast and crew (Barnes and Noble)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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So how far did the Panther’s Cup odds drop with this signing?

Richard Trujillo

I bet the Avs are on the bottom of the revenue list because they don’t have a cable deal.


And because they don’t show games to thier own local fan base for free. They’re greedy with their own local fan base.. SMH. Can’t build (or maintain) a fan base when you bleed them for trying to watch the games from home. “Pay Kronke money or we don’t want you as a fan.”


A.D. – hope the back is o.k. That’s a tough place to have pain. Surgery can be a hit or miss with back issues. All the best. On to hockey – I’m not sure why the Avs are so low in revenue. Maybe a cable or TV contract but pre-COVID -19, I always thought the Avs did well in attendance. Not a huge market like NY or Boston but still – – it would be interesting to see the numbers.

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