The Leafs are worth $470 million, an increase of 5 percent over last year. They easily are worth more than the next franchise, the Rangers at $416 million, up just 1 percent.
The average value of the 30 teams is $223 million, a slight increase over the $220 million of 2008. Not surprisingly, the Coyotes, with all their ownership issues, have the lowest worth, $138 million. And 14 teams - nearly half the league - went down in value.
•Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk (broken foot) practiced Wednesday but left early. Coach John Anderson says Kovalchuk's availability will be a game-time decision Thursday night at the Rangers. ... Avalanche forward Darcy Tucker was activated from the injured reserve list after he missed eight games with a concussion.