Rangers stay NHL’s top fran­chise, Forbes says

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The New York Rangers are the NHL’s most valu­able fran­chise for a fourth con­sec­u­tive year, ac­cord­ing to Forbes.

The Rangers top the an­nual list of fran­chise val­u­a­tions at $1.55 bil­lion, up 3 per­cent from last year. The Toronto Maple Leafs are sec­ond at $1.35 bil­lion, and Mon­treal Cana­di­ens third at $1.3 bil­lion, 4 per­cent in­creases for both clubs.

Orig­i­nal Six clubs make up the top five, with the Chicago Black­hawks fourth at $1.05 bil­lion and the Bos­ton Bru­ins fifth at $925 mil­lion. The Detroit Red Wings are not far be­hind in eighth ($775 mil­lion) and have seen an 11 per­cent in­crease thanks to a new down­town arena.

At the other end of the list are the Flor­ida Pan­thers (30th, $295 mil­lion) and Ari­zona Coy­otes (31st, $290 mil­lion). The clubs were the only two to lose value ac­cord­ing to Forbes, down 3 per­cent each.

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