If there was a category between avergae and very good, my vote would go there.
The quality of the games got better in the second half, better than 2015 and a quantum leap ahead compared to 2014.
Good to have a drug policy in place. Also good to have real clarity re: coaching moves. Formal written protocol is always good.
TV ratings we're 5% despite going head to head with the Jays playoff run for the 2nd year in a row, the World Cup of Hockey and the Summer Olympics. All this with 100% of their games on a declining medium.
Attendance could be better but ticket revenues and overall revenues are more important. With that said, almost all teams have sections of the stadiums that never sell aside from key games (Labour Day, Banjo Bowl etc...) would be wise to have a low lead in price (say 20.00) and child pricing which helps establish the next generation of fans.
Toronto on and off the field has been a disappointment but there are already many threads with thoughts how that can improve.
Montreal is poised to turn things around both on and off the field, with the younger Wettenhal now with the reigns hope to see some progessive change off filed.
Ottawa is solid as is Hamilton. Wouldn't worry about the no shows yet. It could be a high corporate season ticket base. Lots of empty seats are seen with the Leafs too.
Winnipeg. Hoping some on field sucess can lead to a better gate. Already on thread on that.
Sask. Solid team. Hopefully they can have a good year on the field to compliment the new stadium.
Edmonton and Calgary. Gate should be better despite good teams. Though don't underestimate how bad the economy has been hit out there. Not too concerned.
BC. The better Braley sells the better. Hope the league learns it's lesson and don't award the Grey Cup there for the first year of the next ownership group.