Ducks Still Swiming For Now

I’m surprised that this wasn’t posted earlier but Disney has sold the Ducks to Dr. Henry Samueli and his wife, Susan. Here is the link.

One thing is made clear in this article. The Ducks will stay in Anaheim. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing. I’m not a Ducks fan and I’m one of those people who think they should fold but If this doctor can save the franchise then I will not object to them staying in the league. I only want the best for the league and I believe you are only as strong as your weakest links. Sadly the NHL has a lot of weak link. The Ducks are just one of them. If somehow people with great hockey and business sense can fix the weak links then the league will be fine. I can’t wait to see what the financial states of these teams are when the lock out ends.


8 Responses to Ducks Still Swiming For Now

  1. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    This is an amazing deal. 50 to 60 million for the ducks when it cost 50 to get the franchise started? AMAZING.

    The Ducks play in the LA TV market. Southern California has 14,000,000 people living here. They might not all be hockey crazy but there are MORE than enough to make a successful franchise. A lesson to be learned from the Kings is – you NEED to put a successful team on the ice. One trip to the cup isn’t enough for an entetianment jaded fan base. Kids in the OC can go boogie bording at 44th street in Newport instead of a a saturday afternoon game. But unlike Disney, the good Dr. needs to put an entire team on the ice not just Paul Kariya for $10,000,000 per year. One player will NOT cary the Ducks.

    It is ESSENTIAL that they change the name of the team.

    The new league rules will help the Ducks as will a LOW salary cap. Orange Country will become more of a destination location than before with TOP players wanting to buy a pimp house in Laguna (even with the new cap Bob) overlooking the ocean and complete with a membership to Shady Canyon or Dove Canyon CC. It is a nice life and will attract top players much like Phoenix does now.

    One thing to ponder – how much were the Ducks worth when they went to the cup? I bet 100 mill. At least 90. Maybe more. Does the NHLPA realize as teams are selling for 50 to 60 million dollars in MAJOR markets what the state of the game is? 100 mill gets you a team and a building (Ott or Buff). In the world of the NHLPA, 50 million pretty much gets you (in terms of Flyers) JR, Leclair, Sean Burke, Tony Amonte, Desjardin, Primeau, Gagne, Malikov, Esche and Zhamnov. what woudl you rather have? An incomplete team of players for one year OR an entire franchise in paradise! I repeat – what an AMAZING deal!!!!!

  2. habsoverserver says:

    We have yet another technology entrepreneur buying into hockey. Samueli and his wife join the ranks of Ted Leonsis (owns Capitals, former President AOL), Pater Karmanos Jr. (Hurricanes, founded Compuware), Tom Golisano (Sabres, founded Paychex) John McCaw Jr. (Canucks, McCaw Cellular) and Charles Wang (Islanders, Computer Associates).

    At the peak of the bubble, Samueli was worth about $10 billion. Now his stock is worth around $900 million but he has several hundred million in cash from prior stock sales. He recently donated $30 million to the UCLA engineering school.

    Samueli was born in Buffalo. He has lived in California for the past 35 years. He is a very clever engineer, probably one of the smartest scientists in Silicon Valley. I am not sure how much of a hockey background he has.

    Broadcom is an impressive company. They invented the cable modem chip. But they have wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on bad acquistions.

    Don’t look for Samueli to bring much business sense to the league, he has always been a technology guy and not a business guy. While it is too early to judge Golisano’s impact on the NHL, the other high tech owners really have not done much to put the NHL on better footing.

  3. habsoverserver says:

    Why didn’t you make an offer?

  4. rojoke says:

    Ottawa and Buffalo went through a bankruptcy proceeding. That’s a buyer’s market. Creditor’s were looking for as much money as they could get, whether it was 5 cents on the dollar or 50 cents. A better indicator of franchise value would be the recent sale by Orca Bay of half of the Canucks and GM Place, which went for $125 million or so.

  5. kicksave856 says:

    Yes. PLEASE change the name and the uniform now!

  6. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    I have my eye on another team. Would have loved to own a peice of the ducks…

  7. Rico420 says:

    Charles Wang has actually done quite abit for the league I think, he drove up salaries on some players and spent some money to bring the Islanders back to some form of respectability.

    And Peter Karmanos moved a team to a non-traditional hockey market..yeah ok technology owners are idiots..

  8. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Everyone read this

    Bettman must be stopped. This is rediculous.

    I stand by my thirty six team league, which I am slowly building on my NHL 2005. Though you can not have thirty six teams in a season, I am having a leauge with my friends, including a fantasy draft to make the six extra teams, alot of good players have joined these teams which proves the great skill in the league, joining the Baltimore Beatnicks are Boguneki, Arvedson, Carter (captain), Isbister, and Chad Kilger. We still haven’t completed the expansion draft, and I forget which teams move where but we have the following teams.

    Vancouver Canucks – Original 21

    Seattle Nirvana – Moved Team

    Calgary Flames – Original 21

    Edmonton Oilers – Original 21

    Portland – Moved Team

    Regina Reginals – Expansion Team

    Winnipeg Jets – Moved Team

    Toronto Maple Leafs – Original 21

    Hamilton Bull Dogs – Moved Team

    Detroit Red Wings – Original 21

    Ottawa Senators – Original 21

    Baltimore Beatnicks – Expansion Team

    St. Johns Irish Drunks – Moved Team

    Halifax Scottish Drunks – Moved Team

    Quebec Nordiques – Moved Team

    Montreal Canadiens – Original 21

    Boston Bruins – Original 21

    PEI Petes – Expansion Team

    Los Angelas Kings – Original 21

    Colorado Avalanche – Original 21

    Minnesota Wild – Original 21

    Dallas Stars – Original 21

    Houston Aeros – Moved Team

    Salt Lake City Snipers – Expansion Team

    Chicago Black Hawks – Original 21

    Columbus Blue Jackets – Original 21

    St Louis Blues – Original 21

    Atlanta Thrashers – Original 21

    Hartford Whalers – Moved Team

    Kansas City Crash – Expansion Team

    Buffallo Sabers -Original 21

    New York Islanders – Original 21

    New York Rangers – Original 21

    Philadelphia Flyers -Original 21

    Cleveland Cavalry -Expansion

    Cincinatti Sinners -Moved Team

    Yes I know lame names, gtg later.

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