The Toronto Maple Leafs are worth a whopping $1 billion, and are the first NHL team to be valued at such a high price. Even though they haven’t made the playoffs since the 2003-04 season, the Leafs are valued much higher than the majority of the league.
The average franchise value for teams in the NHL is about $282 million, while the average Canadian franchise has a value of about $400 million. The Maple Leafs also have the highest operating income of all teams in the NHL at $81.9 million, annually.
According to Forbes:
But the spread between the rich and poor teams is dramatic. The five most valuable teams–the Maple Leafs ($1 billion), New York Rangers ($750 million), Montreal Canadiens ($575 million), Chicago Blackhawks ($350 million) and Boston Bruins ($348 million)–are worth $605 million, on average. The five least valuable–the Carolina Hurricanes ($162 million), New York Islanders ($155 million), Columbus Blue Jackets ($145 million), Phoenix Coyotes ($134 million) and St. Lou...