Despite being caught in a Stanley Cup drought of more than half a century, the Toronto Maple Leafs are No. 1 among all NHL franchises in a category.
According to data compiled by Sportico, the Maple Leafs are worth a NHL high $ 2 billion. According to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, each of the NHL’s five most valuable franchises is a member of the league’s “Original Six.”
The New York Rangers rank second on the list with $ 1.87 billion, the Montreal Canadiens are third with $ 1.5 billion, the Chicago Blackhawks are fourth with $ 1.36 billion and the Boston Bruins are the fifth with $ 1.31 billion.
“The median value of an NHL team is $ 934 million, and the combined market value of the 32 teams is $ 30 billion,” Kaplan wrote. “The (Seattle) Kraken are already boosting the league’s profile, ranking 14th on Sportico’s list, valued at $ 860 million. The Vegas Golden Knights, who joined the NHL as the 31st team in 2017- 18, are ranked 12th on the list, valued at $ 890 million. “
Kaplan notes that while the Florida Panthers, led by Aleksander Barkov, among others, are expected to be a standout team this season, they rank 31st on Sportico’s list with $ 520 million. The Arizona Coyotes are last in the NHL at $ 410 million.
The Maple Leafs began their 104th season with a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens on Wednesday. Toronto has won 13 Stanley Cups but none since 1967.