For the third straight year, the Maple Leafs are the league's most valuable team, worth $448-million. They increased in value by 9 percent and easily were valued ahead of the Rangers ($411-million) in Forbes' annual rankings. The Lightning was ranked 17th in the 30-team league with a value of $200-million. That's six places lower than last year but a $1-million increase in value.
The average team value was $220-million; by comparison, the average for NFL teams this season was $1-billion, according to Forbes.
Trade deadline moved: The league announced that it is has pushed the trade deadline back one day, to March 4; the plan to do so was reported last week.