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Daly admits potential loss of momentum is “scary”

Oct 10, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

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Not many NHL markets, if any, have gained more momentum the past few years than Nashville. The Predators, once a target for relocation, finished the 2011-12 season with a 48-26-8 record and average attendance of 16,691, the highest in the franchise’s history.

Even deputy commissioner Bill Daly admits the lockout isn’t helping build on last year’s successes.

“I think the really unfortunate part of where we are,” he told The Tennessean on Tuesday, “is not only the fact that we’ve done significant damage to this season’s revenues, but the bottom line is, by missing games, by missing training camp, by being in a labor dispute and a work stoppage, we’re certainly risking and threatening a slowdown to some of the momentum that we’ve had or been able to generate — some of the popularity we’ve been able to build throughout the league, including in some of the non-traditional markets.

“And I think the longer-term impact of that dynamic is as scary as anything else to us, and something we jointly should have an interest in trying to minimize at this point.”

That’s not to say Preds ownership isn’t supporting commissioner Gary Bettman in negotiations between the league and players. Nashville is still a money-loser, according to Forbes. And conceding what the club may lose in momentum, it stands to gain in other areas.

Among the benefits a new CBA could provide for the Preds, depending how negotiations end up:

—- A lower percentage of league revenue going to the players.
—- More revenue sharing.
—- Restrictions on free agency, pushing back the time homegrown players like Ryan Suter can leave to sign elsewhere.
—- Restrictions on front-loaded contracts, like the one the Preds had to give Shea Weber after the Flyers signed the defenseman to an offer sheet.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I’m surprised Daly isn’t too obtuse to admit as much.

    I know it’s been said ad nauseum but I’ll say it anyway: the league stands to lose a lot both in the short and long term if this season ends up getting cancelled. They need to stop being so stubborn and get something done because this isn’t 2004, there’s a lot more at stake.

  2. paledevil - Oct 10, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Should of thought of that before you alienated the paying fans .As it stands now not even the diehard doormat fans wont buy ANY merchandise for a long long time. Maybe the hacks and yes men will W Whatever the verdict i am at the point where i just want my money back , just want to walk away …God bless the players this was not their choice

  3. finfan88shark - Oct 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    What is scary is that in Two years when the NHL is no longer around, the legacy of Jeremy Jacobs, Ed Snider, Kevin Compton and other NHL owners will be that of failure. They will go down in history as owners who destroyed a 100 year old game, and they will go down as the first owners ever to close a 100 year old professional sports business, not out of financial failure but out of financial greed.

    And Gary Bettman’s legacy will be not only of 3 lockouts, but as a commissioner who resided over a league that was shutdown because of his failure. A commissioner who was unable to negotiate a contract with a players union despite the league making record profits. Bettman will be remembered as will owners as people who cared only about the money of the game and not the game itself.

    And in the end the KHL and it’s Non-Unionized players and owners without agenda’s will expand into North American Cities such as Montreal, Los Angeles, and Boston and run a league that is able to successfully negotiate a contract with ESPN to bring prime time games. The KHL will attack record numbers with its world wide league of teams. The KHL will accomplish what Bettman and former owners of the NHL were unable to accomplish that being harmony between players and owners who work for the same goal and who don’t work against each other.

    • jimw81 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM

      “the legacy of Jeremy Jacobs, Ed Snider, Kevin Compton and other NHL owners will be that of failure.” um no. Snider already has a legacy of winning 2 cups, inducted into usa and HHOF and ED Snider Youth hockey Foundation. Nice try.

  4. kegmen7 - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    All I know is that ive seen monkey sh!t fights at the zoo with a better long term strategy and end game than the NHL….This is the 2nd time (post 94 lockout being the first) they’ve totally screwed their own league out of becoming closer to the Big Three in pro sports, and it took 20 years to get that chance back and the NHL only has itself to blame for f@#$ing it up again.

  5. blomfeld - Oct 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    With all due respect …

    All of you guys are talking the same “doom and gloom” thing. But I’m still not buying it for a second. Just ask yourselves, if this truly was as “dire” as Daly and others are suggesting, with the future of the game hanging in the balance, not to mention their own personal careers, then don’t you think these people would be working “24/7” until a deal was reached ? … of course they would ! Yet they aren’t ? … in fact they aren’t even having any kind of substantive meeting period ? So is this just “posturing” as many believe, or is this blatant proof that the entire thing is a charade ?

    If this continues unresolved “past” the US Thanksgiving holiday weekend, then I’ll climb on board the “doom and gloom” train with you guys, because there’s no way they’ll be able to simply “shove it under the rug” this time round like they’ve done before. Our world economy today in 2012 is quite “different” from what we had back in 2004 or 1994 … to say the least. Until then however (US Thanksgiving holiday weekend), I’m going to continue believing that this so-called “impasse” is nothing more than a “calculated and contrived” plan. We’ll see regardless, soon enough.

  6. finfan88shark - Oct 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Could not disagree more with Bloomfield. Let’s face it all the good players have already or will soon find jobs in Europe so what is their incentive to negotiate? And the owners don’t care about the game, just about money. Sorry but neither side is interested in coming to an agreement, that will take at very least weeks of serious negotiation to iron out. How long do you think it will be until real negotiations start? And what incentive do the players have to settle? Like I stated before a lot of jobs have already been exported to Europe already. More then 15% of players already have other hockey jobs? The only desperation should be from the owners who apparently don’t give a damn.

  7. jimw81 - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    how is Nashville going to pay weber???

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