Aaron Portzline explains the two criteria:
This marks the second straight season in which the Blue Jackets have met the two thresholds to qualify: an average attendance of 14,000 or more (the Jackets average in excess of 15,000) and a revenue growth rate ahead of the NHL average.
So, yeah, we're doing our part as a community.
Portzline also tells us that CBJ President Mike Priest is going to reinvest the revenue sharing into hockey operations, not into cutting the arena lease-driven operating deficit. That is a very wise move, both on the practical level (more money for salaries, coaching, scouting, etc.) and on the public relations level. The team is reinvesting in itself with the largesse that we as a community helped make happen.
Wouldn't it be something else to see the Jackets land a star-level player with a signing bonus made possible by the revenue sharing? Perhaps that top pair D-man or an all-star caliber center?
Moves like this cement my feeling that while the Jackets aren't a perfect NHL team, they're doing the right things to become better every day.