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How Much is Your NHL Team Worth? Forbes Lists Top NHL Teams
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Yesterday, Forbes releases a special report on the Business of Hockey. For those of us in Canada, we know that hockey is big business... actually it's more of a way of life. Well according to the Forbes report, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the prized possession of the NHL (even though they have not won a Stanley Cup since 1967). With an estimated worth of nearly $450 million, followed by the New York Rangers with a worth of $411 million. For my fellow Oilers fans out there, Forbes listed the worth of the Edmonton Oilers as being about $175 million, the lowest of the six Canadian teams and 20th overall. This might explain why new owner Daryl Katz was making these huge offers to the likes of Jaromir Jagr and Marian Hossa in the off season.

Here is the list from Forbes. There are some interesting rankings, like the Washington Capitals at #26? ?I would have thought them to be a little higher. According to TSN, the biggest increase in value was made by the Pittsburgh Penguins who are now valued at $195 million an increase of 26%. Phoenix ranked 3oth of the 30 teams appears to be a bargain with a value of $142 million. With all of those kids there and coach Wayne Gretzky, you'd have to think that the Coyotes are on the rise.

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs
  2. New York Rangers
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Detroit Red Wings
  5. Philadelphia Flyers
  6. Dallas Stars
  7. Boston Bruins
  8. Vancouver Canucks
  9. Colorado Avalanche
  10. New Jersey Devils
  11. Minnesota Wild
  12. Los Angeles Kings
  13. Ottawa Senators
  14. Chicago Blackhawks
  15. Calgary Flames
  16. Anaheim Ducks
  17. Tampa Bay Lightning
  18. Pittsburgh Penguins
  19. San Jose Sharks
  20. Edmonton Oilers
  21. Buffalo Sabres
  22. Carolina Hurricanes
  23. Nashville Predators
  24. Florida Panthers
  25. St Louis Blues
  26. Washington Capitals
  27. Atlanta Thrashers
  28. Columbus Blue Jackets
  29. New York Islanders
  30. Phoenix Coyotes

Here is a comparison of the top teams worth by major sport:

Baseball: New York Yankees - $1.3 billion

: Dallas Cowboys - $1.6 billion

: Manchester United - $1.8 billion

: New York Knicks - $608 million

Hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs
- $448 million

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posted by Jody @ Thursday, October 30, 2008  
  • At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Rain Wilson said…

    Since when is "Soccer" considered a "Major Sport"? This is pathetic, only in Europe...only in Europe.

  • At 1:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    you're right. it is not a 'major sport'. manchester united is only the most valuable franchise on the list.
    it cant be major can it?

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