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Preds Increase Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

The Predators will raise single-game ticket prices by an average of about 25 percent for the coming season, vice president Steve Violetta said Tuesday.

In addition, the team will expand on the policy of variable pricing that it started in 2006-07, meaning single-game tickets will come in three different categories — regular games, premium games and premium-plus games.

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The Calm Before The Storm

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The optimism that abounds with every team as the NHL season approaches does not fit with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

You cannot shake the feeling that this is the calm before the storm, the final days of the latest administration that failed to turn the Leafs into a champion. The signals are everywhere that the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has the plunger poised to blow things up come spring.

First, there was no sign of the contract extension supposedly promised to general manager John Ferguson. He is entering the final season of his contract. Making the playoffs is the only thing that will save him.

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Emery Hopes To Play In 2-3 Exhibition Games

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

His recovery remains on schedule, he said, and a consultation with the doctor isn’t necessary. Emery will get input from athletic therapist Gerry Townend and team doctors before deciding when to go full out.

“(There’s) no setback. I know where I’m at. Things are going well. I’m getting stronger. I’m getting mobility back. There’s still some discomfort and it’s still not at the point where I think I should go all out yet,” he said.

“I want to be really strong so even if that means taking a couple more days (off), whatever the best way is to go about it, I’ll do that after I talk to Gerry and the coach and get everyone’s input on things. I know when I’m ready….”

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  Tags: ray+emery

A Look At Joseph & Belfour

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Funny how their careers have been intertwined, Joseph and Belfour. Two people, two goalies, who couldn’t have been more different in both style and substance.

One was technical, the other athletic. One was grumpy, the other friendly. One was a workout freak, the other, not so much.

And neither was considered a prospect when they were young. Both went undrafted more than once. Both spent one year playing U.S. college hockey. Both went from college to the now defunct International Hockey League. Both arrived as backups in the NHL.

Both have earned more than $50 million in what for Belfour is a certain Hall of Fame career and for Joseph one that is certainly worthy of consideration.

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  Tags: curtis+joseph, ed+belfour

More Games In Europe

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources say the league is currently negotiating to place the 2008-09 regular season opener in one of three venues - either Prague, Stockholm or a German city from a group that includes Hanover, Munich or Frankfurt.

No word yet on which NHL clubs might get the call.

It would seem obvious that this London event is the first step in the league’s attempt to significantly heighten awareness of the NHL “brand” in Europe and that with each passing year there is going to be a greater emphasis on exposing the European market to the NHL product.

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Top Freshmen

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from Jeff Gordon at Fox Sports,

Blues defenseman Erik Johnson manhandled his peers at the Traverse City prospects tournament, to nobody’s surprise.

He dominated collegiate competition for the University of Minnesota. He ran roughshod over junior competition for the U.S. national team. He held up against international veterans at the World Championships.

But what can he do against NHL competition?

We’ll know soon enough, because Johnson, the first overall pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, is the cornerstone of the Blues rebuilding project.

read on about nine more NHL rookies…

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Babcock In Mid-Season Form

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nobody brings out the statesman in Mike Babcock like Teddy Kulfan.  Allegedly the Detroit News beat writer, Kulfan exchanged couch-side text messages with the Wing head coach yesterday.  The result?  Our first Mike Babcock Consolidated Quote of the Day for 2007-‘08.

MBCQOTD 12 Sept 2007
“I like our team Teddy.  I like it. I liked it last year and I’m liking it today almost as much as I like string cheese even though I never tear off the pieces of string, just eat it in three bites. Everybody likes their team now though, until about November when you know they won’t be liking anything in Columbus.  Nah, kidding Teddy. Don’t write that. Write this: I’m driving the bus to TC. Kenny told me so. Guaranteed it. You know, lots of people said we wouldn’t make the playoffs last year but we made them then stayed in ‘em for a long, long time. A really long time. Like weeks. Planning on doing that again.  Driver gets to pick the music on the bus.  Got “Rumours” all cued up for the boys.”

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  Tags: babcock, deep+diggers

Sipple: Cleary Ready For Big Year

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

JV Deep Digger George Sipple, still trying to make his mark in a town that is bursting at the seams with ambitious beat writers, caught up with Dan Cleary and Kris Draper yesterday.  Undoubtedly, Mike Babcock will be relieved to read that both players approve of the lines he’s tentatively floated, the same lines that will change approximately 233 times before Christmas.

“When I look at our team and the depth that we have, obviously management believes we can do it from within,” Cleary said. “Filppula—great young talent. Hudler, Franzen all have the ability to make up the second line.”

Draper agreed.

“You look at Filppula; you look at the year Clears had last year,” Draper said. “From the sounds of it, Pav and Hank are each going to play center. So we can still have a balance of some good lines.”

More from Sipple.

 

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  Tags: babcock, cleary, deep+diggers, draper

One Day Down. Cast Your Votes Here.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

It’s been more than twelve hours since I made the bold statement that I sounded exactly like Ozzy on the way home from work yesterday.  It takes a confident blogger to write that.  I’ll bet Paul wouldn’t.  Well how about this?  I sang “Cool Change” by Little River Band all the way to the house this afternoon and I nailed that sucker too.  That’s called range.

Speaking of which, we have ourselves a day of votes to tally.  Some lucky winner will win some winnings and I, for one, can’t wait to walk up to that winner and wistfully wish them well.  One day down, six to go before we determine the official A2Y graphic guru.  We’ll run the entries by you then list the current vote standings at the bottom.  All votes for the next 24 hours will take place in the comment section of this brilliantly written post.

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  Tags: fire+on+ice, genius+a2y+readers

Columbus Looks To Nash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via CanadaEast,

“Both Hitch and I have an urgency to get better and get better now but we want to be patient with our younger players,” Howson told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.

It starts with star winger Rick Nash, who has gone backwards since his scintillating 41-goal 2003-04 campaign, dropping to 31 goals in an injury-plagued 2005-06 season and then down to 27 last year.

“The challenge for Rick is to play the way he did in the last two and half months last season and through the world championships,” Hitchcock said Tuesday. “If he does that, I think he’s going to be a dominant player in the National Hockey League.”

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