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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Hockey -like any business -is based on supply and demand, and business is obviously booming in many NHL markets. But selling tickets in other NHL cities isn’t so easy. There were six teams last season that failed to fill 80 per cent of their seats: Florida (78.7), Tampa Bay (78.4), the New York Islanders (78.1), Colorado (77.5), Atlanta (73.4) and Phoenix (68.5).

With that in mind, I decided to do a little Internet surfing to see what kind of offers are available on team websites. Here are some of more interesting ones:

Tampa Bay: The Lightning is offering a Family Pack for all regular-season games. For $56, you get four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas.

Islanders: On Long Island they have a Birthday Celebrations package in hopes of attracting young fans and their parents. For $199 you get eight tickets in the upper mezzanine, along with party invitations, a visit from Sparky the mascot and a customized birthday picture on the scoreboard.


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Give The Rookies Some Time

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

If you isolated on Taylor Hall on Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center, after some time, you might have thought, “This guy’s supposed to be the second coming of Mark Messier?”

What people forget is the first coming of Mark Messier scored 12 goals and 33 points his first season in the National Hockey League.

As Steven Stamkos showed two years ago, it takes even the best of the best time to adjust when making the gigantic leap to the NHL as a teenager.

Hall, the Edmonton Oilers’ future stud, will learn quickly that the stuff he got away with as a junior superstar no longer works at this level.


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All Sergei Bobrovsky

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from RussianHockeyfans,

Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is surprising many with his play in the NHL for Philadelphia Flyers. In this interview with the press club of his former team, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Bobrovsky talked about his new life in Philadelphia, about the sensations of the first game and about his mask.

RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation:

How are you doing with the English language?

Bobrovsky: “I wouldn’t say that I have big problems with it. I get what they say me, but it’s hard to talk myself. My team mates are good guys, there is a great atmosphere. In such an environment I don’t feel myself out of place because of the language. I arrived three weeks before the training camp’s start and they assigned an English teacher to me and I studied almost every day. Now that the games are started there is no free time and I cope with the language myself. I have to go nowhere, all the people around me talk in English!”



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Devils Need A Team Effort

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils’ 1-4-1 start, obviously, is not what rookie head coach John MacLean was looking for as he tries to establish himself in the NHL. Goaltender Martin Brodeur says the players are in it together with MacLean, though, and it’s their responsibility to help fix it.

“We’re all in the same boat,” goaltender Martin Brodeur said. “I think it’s not easier for us than it is for him. We’re concerned for our rookies too. They’re growing up here. They’re getting their feet wet and we’re not getting the job done. For Johnny, I’m sure that’s hard on him too to get everybody going, but it’s part somewhat of the process that we’re going to have to deal with this year, I guess. We didn’t expect it, but this is what it is and all the older guys have to step up and give a good performance.

“Sometimes it just takes one or two guys to have a solid game to get everybody else sparked and that’s what we’re looking for right now. But I don’t think we’re looking at one guy to dig us out of this whole. I think it’s going to take everybody.”


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Sunday Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Which Sutter goes first in Calgary, Darryl, Brent, Duane or all of the above? Can you say housecleaning?

• This is what a salary cap brings: There are more players in the NHL I’ve never heard of than ever before.

a few more hockey notes…


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Morning Line

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I couldve made better ice for us to skate on tonight out of a 7/11 slurpee machine. Common ice crew, figure it out!

-Scottie Upshall of the Phoenix Coyotes via a tweet.

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What Can Boogaard Do?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

We’re not assigning Boogaard blame for anything, and we’re most certainly not blaming him for Colby Armstrong’s crushing and penalized second-period hit on Marian Gaborik on which the Rangers’ indispensable sniper suffered a separated shoulder.

We’re not blaming Boogaard for Dion Phaneuf barreling into Henrik Lundqvist early in the first period, either, though preventing such blatant nonsense was specifically listed as one of No. 94’s most important responsibilities by Glen Sather when the general manager hired hockey’s Primo Carnera as a free agent on July 1.

The idea a fourth-line player—who gets a mere handful of fourth-line shifts a night and who is essentially in the lineup to punch it out with the opposition’s fourth-line heavyweight—can be a deterrent is flawed. The idea this presence will create more skating room for his team’s stars is misguided.

It’s even more misguided when it comes to Boogaard, who is so feared as a puncher that very few of the league’s heavyweights are even willing to drop the gloves against him, and that includes the (almost always) willing Colton Orr, who wanted no part of the 6-foot-7, 285-pound Rangers galoot on Friday.

read on

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Dustin Penner Scores Off The Face Of Ian White

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Sorry for the bad quality of the video, but it is the only one I could find and it is time to hit the bed.

Watch it below and I will update the video tomorrow morning.

added 8:41am on 10/17/10, video has been updated.

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Who Knew Brian Gionta Could Sing?

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HNIC opening tonight…

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An Eight Minute OT?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Ken Holland is pushing forward with his idea for a new overtime format and plans to table it next month at the GMs meeting in Toronto.

The respected Red Wings GM wants to expand overtime to eight minutes from the current five: 4-on-4 for four minutes and 3-on-3 for the remaining four minutes. He also wants to ensure better ice quality for the extended overtime by having the ice scraped (not flooded) after regulation time.

He pushed the original concept this past March at the GMs meeting, and while it didn’t fly at the time, Holland believes it’s growing on fellow GMs.

“I think there’s a groundswell of support,” Holland told ESPN.com.

continue for more topics from Pierre…

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