The COVID-19 impact is now starting to rear its ugly head on NHL team owners. Teams are having trouble paying bonuses, and there are rumors team sales might occur. The NY Rangers don’t have this problem, as James Dolan has almost bottomless pockets. While COVID has impacted us all, Dolan still has the money to pay salaries and bonuses.
Dolan is the perfect example of an owner that, as far as we know, does it right at the moment. He allowed the Rangers to rebuild. He has endless amounts of money. He still wants to spend the money despite not having any immediate revenue. He’s not perfect, but he’s the right guy at the moment. Remember this is the guy that committed to paying MSG workers throughout the lockdown.
The evil you know is better than the evil you don’t, and Dolan’s the evil we know. We know he will pay for the Rangers to win. He will also fund the Rangers through trying times. There are many things to not like about him, but you can’t deny that he’s going to spend the money.
In uncertain fiscal times, James Dolan is a bit of a blessing for NY Rangers fans. There are no cap dump trades. It’s unlikely there will be an internal cap imposed. In fact, he may be shrewd enough to green light some additional spending. This is an advantage that few teams can match.