Thursday’s Ice Report: Blue Jackets leaving Columbus?

Blue Jackets losing $12 million a year
More bad news for the NHL? The Columbus-Dispatch reported today that “the Columbus Blue Jackets could leave central Ohio if the team can’t fix an economic model that is causing losses of $12 million a year, according to a report issued today by the Columbus Chamber.
According to the report, a deal to keep the hockey team here and the Arena District alive, (the team and the district generated $30 million in taxes last year), probably will include asking for public dollars, and soon.”
“We believe there is a sense of urgency here,” said Ty D. Marsh, chamber president and CEO. “We’re looking for a solution or progress by the end of the year.”
Columbus though is developing a strong fan base unlike struggling financial teams Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Colorado, New York Islanders and Florida who can’t fill the stands.
Burke denies trade talks with Blackhawks
There continues to be speculation that a Tomas Kaberle – Patrick Sharp swap could be in the works but Leafs GM Brian Burke tells the Toronto Star, “No legs. Have never discussed Kaberle with either team,” Burke indicates regarding Kaberle going to Chicago or Carolina.
Semin contract talks not progressing
The Washington Capitals have two key restricted free agents in Alexander Semin and Nicklas Backstrom. The frame work of a deal is in place with Backstrom, which the term of the contract is believed to be 8-10 years in the $5.5 million range but the Capitals have their work cut out for them regarding Alexander Semin.
There has been talk coming out of Washington that Semin is seeking upwards of $7.5 million per season.
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