Maple Leafs top Forbes list of NHL team values

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sport

Forbes has compiled their annual evaluating all 30 NHL teams. The Toronto Maple Leafs once again found themselves atop the list.

One year after being appraised as the NHL's first billion-dollar franchise, the Toronto Maple have once again been evaluated as the most valuable organization in the league, according to Forbes. The Maple Leafs are worth $1.15 billion according to the projection, which focuses on cash in and cash out categories.

The New York Rangers are projected as the second most valuable franchise at $850 million, followed by the Montreal Canadiens ($775 million), Vancouver Canucks ($700 million) and Chicago Blackhawks ($625 million). In addition, Forbes is reporting that the Maple Leafs ($120), Canadiens ($99), Winnipeg Jets ($95), Canucks ($90) and Edmonton Oilers ($79) had the five highest average ticket prices. The Maple Leafs ($2.2 million), Canadiens ($2.1 million), Canucks ($1.8 million), Rangers ($1.8 million), Calgary Flames ($1.6 million) and Oilers ($1.6 million) had the highest gate receipts-per-game last season. This is of consequence because NHL teams get to keep 100 percent of those profits.

The Forbes valuations are determined based upon the following criteria:

Our data comes primarily from sports bankers, public documents (municipal arena leases and financial reports), consultants who provide research and conduct studies for cities on the economic impact of an NHL team, arena naming rights and arena financing, credit rating agencies, player agents, network and cable executives, arena operators and, in a few cases, the teams themselves. Our revenue figures include proceeds from non-NHL events that go to the team owner, such as concerts, and subtract arena-generated funds that are used to pay arena debt.

With that in mind, here's a complete look at their valuations:

Team Projected value
1 Toronto Maple Leafs $1.15 billion
2 New York Rangers $850 million
3 Montreal Canadiens $775 million
4 Vancouver Canucks $700 million
5 Chicago Blackhawks $625 million
6 Boston Bruins $600 million
7 Philadelphia Flyers $500 million
8 Pittsburgh Penguins $480 million
9 Detroit Red Wings $470 million
10 Los Angeles Kings $450 million
11 Calgary Flames $420 million
12 Washington Capitals $414 million
13 San Jose Sharks $405 million
14 Edmonton Oilers $400 million
15 Ottawa Senators $380 million
16 Winnipeg Jets $340 million
17 Colorado Avalanche $337 million
18 Dallas Stars $333 million
19 Minnesota Wild $330 million
20 New Jersey Devils $320 million
21 Anaheim Ducks $300 million
22 Buffalo Sabres $250 million
23 Florida Panthers $240 million
24 Nashville Predators $205 million
25 Phoenix Coyotes $200 million
26 New York Islanders $195 million
27 Carolina Hurricanes $187 million
28 St. Louis Blues $185 million
29 Tampa Bay Lightning $180 million
30 Columbus Blue Jackets $175 million

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