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Forbes NHL franchise rankings value Leafs at $1.3B US

Two Canadian teams are among the NHL's three most valuable franchises, according to Forbes' 16th annual valuation of all 30 clubs.

3 most valuable teams also have most lucrative local TV deals

For the ninth consecutive year, the Toronto Maple Leafs topped Forbes' list of NHL team valuations. (USA Today Sports/Reuters)

Two Canadian teams are among the NHL's three most valuable franchises, according to Forbes' 16th annual valuation of all 30 clubs. 

For the ninth consecutive year, the Toronto Maple Leafs topped the list with a valuation of $1.3 billion US (up from $1.1 billion in 2013) and the league's second-highest operating income of $70.6 million. All valuations are in U.S. dollars. 

The Leafs were followed closely in the top three by the New York Rangers, with a valuation of $1.1 billion and the league's highest operating income of $84.4 million, and the Montreal Canadiens at $1 billion and $59.8 million, respectively. 

The top three teams also happen to have the most lucrative local television deals and highest average ticket prices, the magazine reported

The average NHL team value is at a historical high of $490 million, which Forbes credits to the new multi-billion dollar media deal with Rogers Communications.

The Vancouver Canucks were the only other Canadian franchise to make the top 10, listed in fifth position with a valuation of $800 million. 

Bitter Alberta rivals the Edmonton Oilers and the Calgary Flames ranked 12th and 13th, with valuations of $475 million and $451 million, respectively. The remaining Canadian clubs, the Ottawa Senators and the Winnipeg Jets, made the 16th and 20th spots at $400 million and $358 million, respectively. 

The distinguished honour of the least valuable NHL team went to the fledgling Florida Panthers, worth just $190 million.

The complete list in descending order (in U.S. dollars):

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs: $1.3 billion
  2. New York Rangers: $1.1 billion
  3. Montreal Canadiens: $1 billion
  4. Chicago Blackhawks: $825 million
  5. Vancouver Canucks: $800 million
  6. Boston Bruins: $750 million
  7. Philadelphia Flyers: $625 million
  8. Los Angeles Kings: $580 million
  9. Detroit Red Wings: $570 million
  10. Pittsburgh Pengiuns: $565 million
  11. Washington Capitals: $500 million
  12. Edmonton Oilers: $475 million
  13. Calgary Flames: $451 million
  14. San Jose Sharks: $425 million
  15. Dallas Stars: $420 million
  16. Ottawa Senators: $400 million
  17. Minnesota Wild: $370 million
  18. Anaheim Ducks: $365 million
  19. Colorado Avalanche: $360 million
  20. Winnipeg Jets: $358 million
  21. New Jersey Devils: $330 million
  22. New York Islanders: $300 million
  23. Buffalo Sabres: $288 million
  24. Nashville Predators: $250 million
  25. St. Louis Blues: $235 million
  26. Tampa Bay Lightning: $230 million
  27. Arizona Coyotes: $225 million
  28. Carolina Hurricanes: $220 million
  29. Columbus Blue Jackets: $200 million
  30. Florida Panthers: $190 million 

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