Adidas signs jersey deal with NHL, Mike Santorelli signs with the Ducks, the origin of Brandon Saad’s nickname and more.
TSN: Adidas has signed a long-term deal to manufacture jerseys for all 30 NHL teams beginning in 2017-18. A source claims the company will pay rights fees of $70 million per season. The deal could also mean significant changes to NHL jerseys, possibly incorporating Adidas’ distinctive logo. It could also pave the way toward on-jersey advertising.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m against on-jersey advertising like those in some European leagues, but I also acknowledge it’s only a matter of time until ads start appearing on NHL jerseys. SI.com’s Allan Muir put it best: “We’ve grown accustomed to the slow intrusion of ads on the boards, on the ice and superimposed on our TV screens. Fans would probably get used to ads on jerseys, too. They’ll have to. You can’t fight the future.”
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Mike Santorelli to a one-year, $875K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like the Ducks found an affordable, short-term replacement for Nate Thompson, who’s sidelined until January due to shoulder surgery.
THE HOCKEY NEWS: Why is Brandon Saad’s nickname “Man-Child”?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s questions like that which keep me awake at night. Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but what do you expect from a slow offseason?
THE BOSTON GLOBE: Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is fighting the IRS over team meal deductions.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks prospect Phillip Danault’s hopes of battling for a full-time roster spot are on hold following hip surgery which will sidelined him for the next three months.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Unlike the more affluent NFL, the NHL could find it costly if it ends up compensating players whose careers were cut short by concussions.