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Paying To Watch The Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Montreal Gazette,

Since it’s too expensive to bring the whole family, Perreault said, he tries to bring each of his four children to a game. “It’s impossible to come with the family,” he said. “It would cost me $500.” For many families, professional hockey has long been out of their financial reach. In a hockey-mad city like Montreal, the only way many fans can afford to see the bleu-blanc-rouge is on the Réseau des Sports television network.

The elusive seats in the lower level red sections, range from $82.40 to $139.05 before taxes and service charges.

To be fair, for those that don’t mind watching the game from the highest reaches of the Bell Centre, the Canadiens offer $10 seats to children under 16 in the family zone section. Adults pay $23.69 before taxes and service charges for most games.

much more

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, tickets

Savard Keeping His Promise

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from the Chicago Tribune,

The obvious reason Blackhawks coach Denis Savard has taken Patrick Kane under his wing is to groom the 18-year-old into the marquee player the franchise craves. But the NHL Hall of Famer has a personal reason as well.

“I’m going to keep my promise — I told his dad I would take care of him,” Savard said. “He’s a great kid.”

continued

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, prospects

Rangers React To New Sweater

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Journal,

Wearing the practice version of the new style of jerseys they debuted last night at the Garden, each reacted as if they were looking at a different person.

“If people had heard I didn’t wear shoulder pads beforehand, now they know I don’t,” said a slightly less-imposing Brendan Shanahan, who for the record, wears slight pads on his shoulders.

“Man, I look tiny,” Sean Avery said.

Only Darius Kasparaitis, newly chiseled after shedding 20 pounds over the summer, seemed impressed.

“I look sexy,” he said.

read on

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  Tags: new+york+rangers, rbk

Penner Making The Adjustment

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from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

Penner will turn 25 next week and has only one full NHL season under his belt. Last season, he played on Anaheim’s No. 2 line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Now, he’s a first-liner in Edmonton.

“I’m working every day to jell with the guys and get some chemistry going,” the 245-pound Penner said. “I need to use my body more effectively and pick up my speed and quickness.

“I love being back in Canada. I already know I have great teammates after being here three weeks. You get support from the fans, the organization and the city. You can feel the intensity [in Edmonton] already.”

more

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  Tags: dustin+penner, edmonton+oilers

A Shot Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Empty Netters takes a shot at Chelios…

The Penguins lost 1-0 in overtime in Detroit last night. Granted, a number of talented players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play in this game, but when a 92-year-old man like Chris Chelios is the only player to score a goal, things are wrong, preseason or not.

My question is… Shouldn’t you be pointing the finger to the Penguins for allowing Chelios to score?

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings

Leafs Goaltending Still Unproven

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The Leafs believe they are set in goal and that, by having Toskala and Raycroft combine forces, have strengthened themselves considerably.

It’s just that there’s no concrete evidence, really, upon which to base such a belief.

Indeed, when you looked at the goaltending depth chart of the lowly Phoenix Coyotes this week and saw David Aebischer, Alex Auld and Mikael Tellqvist, could you honestly say that group is significantly inferior to that of the Leafs?...

So if the weak Desert Dogs have questions in net to be answered, well, the Leafs are in exactly the same position.

It’s just that the Leaf goaltending questions will be asked much more loudly. Every day. Over and over. Under a white hot light of scrutiny powered by 40 years of Cup-less play.

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  Tags: goalies, toronto+maple+leafs

Sens Would Like To Sign All Their UFAs

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As a matter of fact, Murray said he has already had contract discussions with Redden’s agent, Don Meehan.

“I don’t know (where the Redden stuff comes from),” said Murray. “(Reporters) ask me about trying to sign Heatley and Spezza and then the conclusion (from reporters) is always nothing about those two at all, it’s always about eliminating another player. That’s not what we’re trying to do here. We’re going to try to do as well as we can with the people that we have and, obviously, keep them here.

“But there are a lot of factors involved here: The total dollars, the cap system and can we keep everybody? Will everybody give us an opportunity to sign them or will it be impossible because of the numbers?”

more

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, wade+redden

Injuries Piling Up For Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Record,

Kevin Weekes was supposed to make it easier for the Devils to rest Martin Brodeur this season.

But the Devils backup goaltender’s status is uncertain now after sustaining a probable concussion in a collision caused by Rangers agitator Sean Avery in the first period of Friday night’s 4-3 preseason loss to the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello insisted that Weekes would be OK.

“He just hit his head,” Lamoriello said. “He’s fine.

continued

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  Tags: injuries, new+jersey+devils

More Groin Problems For Kyle Wellwood

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Sun,

Surgery might be a realistic option for the young forward, who already underwent a sports hernia operation earlier this year.

Because tests revealed yesterday that Wellwood might have a potentially significant problem in the same area again, expect the Leafs to take every precaution in their quest to discover whether another operation is in the cards for Wellwood, who has experienced similar symptoms to those that caused him to miss almost half of the 2006-07 season.

more

added 3:57pm, Sportsnet reporting Wellwood out 3-4 weeks.

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  Tags: injuries, toronto+maple+leafs

Las Vegas Gaining Momentum

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Kings’ annual “Frozen Fury” NHL preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden has given their fans the best of both worlds: a season preview and a Las Vegas weekend getaway.

Several thousand make the trip from Southern California every year, as is the case for tonight’s 10th anniversary game. The Kings will take on the Colorado Avalanche at 7.

But with the NHL starting to take a more serious look at Las Vegas as a site for a franchise, the Kings could find themselves pushed out of the market where they helped generate interest in hockey.

“On one hand, experiment well done,” said Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ chief executive officer and team governor. “On the other hand, because of the success we’ve had in Las Vegas, we’re likely not going to be here much longer. We could find ourselves being the visiting team instead of the home team.”

read on

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