GARRIOCH: We’re all hoping to get some clarity on the start of the NHL season this week

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The players are standing their ground on not changing the agreement and the NHL is holding its position that it can’t start the season until it has the right economics in place.

There are a lot of owners who would rather sit out this season than open the doors to empty buildings and missing out on at least 45% of their revenues from ticket sales. Of course, that doesn’t include revenues that are generated in the rink like signage, rink boards, scoreboard advertising, food, beverage and parking.

If buildings don’t have fans then advertisers won’t want to pony up and this is just one of the many realties the NHL owners are facing. Yes, there are some places in the U.S. that will allow fans into their buildings, but that’s not going to be the case in Canada in the near future.

It’s a big reason why Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk backs the idea of having a rapid test in place that would allow those cleared to have an application on their phone that would say they’ve tested negative. The club has already done modelling to have 6,000 people in the stands properly socially-distanced.

So, the waiting will continue and everybody is trying to keep this situation in perspective.

“We’re in a fortunate position, one that we’ve worked hard for our whole lives to get to play in the NHL, and at this time I’m more concerned…

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Bruce Garrioch

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