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Paying Less To See The Leafs

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from Robert Cribb of the Toronto Star,

For the first time ticket sellers can remember, Leafs tickets with face values of $100 to $300 each are routinely selling for as little as half that amount.

“In the past, they always said it didn’t matter what the Leafs produced on the ice because people will still pay top dollar,” said Shawn Brookes, director of operations with FanXchange, a website that connects buyers with sellers. “This is the first time I’ve seen customers finally getting fed up with these astronomical prices.”

Most of the Leafs tickets sold on FanXchange this season were snapped up for below face value, says Brookes.

For a home game against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 13, “there were tickets – dead centre golds – selling for $90 or $100 instead of the $203 face price.”

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Can The Leafs Be Ovechkin-Like?

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Like every coach in the NHL not named Bruce Boudreau, Ron Wilson can only dream of having an Alex Ovechkin in his lineup every night.

But failing that, the Maple Leafs coach feels he can use the NHL’s top sniper as a teaching tool for his struggling team.

As suspect as the defence and goaltending have been, Wilson knows that if the Leafs don’t start finding the back of the net soon, the six-game losing streak to start the season isn’t about to end.

So after watching the league’s deadliest sniper fire 12 shots at the San Jose Sharks and scoring twice on Thursday, Wilson hammered his message home yesterday.

“The best player in the league, he spends all night shooting,” Wilson said after practice at the Mastercard Centre for Hockey Excellence. “He shoots from everywhere and creates lots of opportunities.

“If we want to score more goals, we need more guys shooting and driving to the net.”

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Now That Could Be Called A Super League

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from Risto Pakarinen at The Hockey News,

According to a report in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, KHL president and IIHF council member Alexander Medvedev has presented the IIHF council his new plan for a pan-European league, going under the working title “United Hockey Europe.”

The new league would have 16 teams from the Nordic countries, 16 from central Europe and 24 from the current KHL, split into four divisions in two conferences, with the conference winners playing in the UHE finals.

“It’s a little too early to start such an ambitious league in the current situation,” said Christer Englund, the chairman of the Swedish hockey federation. “Maybe we’ll get there in (a few) years.”

continued plus more European hockey news…

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Could MSG-HD Be Close To Returning To Center Ice?

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from Alan Pergament of the Buffalo News,

Question: I am a relocated Sabres fan who watches the games via NHL Center Ice from Direct TV. So all my games are in SD (standard definition). Why is that?

Answer: According to a satellite source, MSG will not allow its HD feed to be on NHL Center Ice for any provider. However, a source also said that MSG and the NHL are in discussions about HD and guessed a deal may get done later this season.

more Q & A, TV/hockey related questions and answers…

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Early Surprises

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from Stan Fischler at MSG.com, .

KOMISAREK IS KOMIS-A-WRECK:
Through six games, high-priced newcomer (five years at $4.5 million per season) Mike Komisarek has ZERO points for the Leafs, who are winless in those six games. Maybe that’s because he’s already spent 23 minutes in the penalty box!

When he’s on the ice, Komisarek has a minus-4 rating, and even put a puck in his own net. This is not what the Leafs had in mind when they named him alternate captain.

BYE-BYE TO BRENDAN:
It sure looked as if Brendan Shanahan was guaranteed a slot on the Devils. He was in good shape, and had a good camp. Then – POOF! Just like that – he was unloaded. Now, it looks like his NHL playing career is over.

It wouldn’t surprise me if he winds up working for Gary Bettman.

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The Shootout Kid Talks

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

He has quickly become an Internet sensation and is now all over the airwaves.

(Oliver) Wahlstrom was in New York on Friday to be interviewed on CBS and ESPN. He’s going to Fox studios Saturday and will also be interviewed by a Swedish television reporter for TV4 back in Sweden, where his father, Joakim, is from and used to play professionally.

He toured the NHL Store Powered by Reebok on Friday evening and got to meet San Jose stars Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi, who were in for an event. Wahlstrom was also given a Winter Classic retro T-shirt and a Boston Bruins puck by Brian Jennings, the NHL’s Executive VP for Marketing.

“It’s chaos,” the soft-spoken Oliver told NHL.com. “I thought they would only see it at the rink.”

more and the video is of the shootout goal, just in case you missed it…

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An Arena Built With Dan Snyder In Mind

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It’s been six years.

It was just more than six years ago that planning for a new sports complex and hockey arena in Elmira, Ontario, began. And it was just over six years ago that Dan Snyder was taken away from this world much too early, at the age of 25, in a tragic car accident in Atlanta.

On Sunday, when the Atlanta Thrashers honor their former player by skating at the new Dan Snyder Memorial Arena in his hometown 90 minutes west of Toronto, Graham Snyder will no doubt have a heavy heart, but he will also know that his son will be looking down with a big smile on his face.

After all, this is what Dan wanted, a new arena for Elmira.

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Phoenix Recall Kevin Porter

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA —- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Kevin Porter from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Porter, 23, has collected 2-5-7 and four penalty minutes (PIM) in five games for the Rampage this season.  The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Porter recorded 5-5-10 and four PIM in 34 games for the Coyotes last season and collected 13-22-35 and 14 PIM in 42 games with San Antonio.

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Alex Steen On IR With Fractured Wrist

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that the club has placed center Alex Steen on injured reserve.

Steen injured his right wrist Thursday night in the Blues 3-2 overtime loss in Phoenix.  After being examined by Dr. Richard Gelberman, it has been determined that Steen fractured his right wrist and will be out approximately six to eight weeks.

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Young Defensemen Making A Name For Themselves

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Back in the day, make that way back in the day, I was told that young defensemen were to be seen and not heard.

In other words, keep your eyes open and your mouth shut—and learns. Judging by what is going on in the NHL this season, I think the statement was made owning to my lack of talent at such a tender age, because young defensemen sure are making themselves both seen and heard nowadays.

The early going of the 2009-10 season has seen a slew of young defensemen come to the fore. Yes, it is early, but their exploits are still worth noting, especially when you see a kid like Michael Del Zotto not only earning minutes from a demanding coach like John Tortorella in New York, but also leading the entire rookie crop in scoring as of Thursday with 2 goals and 5 assists in seven games. His teammate, Matt Gilroy, also is a rookie and also playing some mighty minutes with the Rangers, averaging over 18 per game.

continued with additional NHL topics…

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