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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday announced season ticket prices for the 2007-08 season.
Full season prices will range from $20 per game in the Upper E and F balconies to $70 per game for center ice in the A level. Half season prices will range from $25-$75 per game
The prices reflect the first across-the-board increase in Penguins tickets since 2002.


from the LA Kings,

Join the LA Kings and National Hockey League fans from around the world as the Kings open up the 2007-08 season against their cross town rivals Anaheim Ducks across the big pond in London, England.
The Los Angeles Kings Royal Journey Package Includes:
* Airfare - Roundtrip from Los Angeles International Airport to London Heathrow (Optional)


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Missing Foppa

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche have missed him. The fans have missed him.
The feeling is mutual.
“There were some great times in Denver, and, of course, you miss those times and the fans,” Forsberg said recently. “My first year in the NHL was in Quebec, but it feels like it was Colorado to me. It seems like that’s when everything started. Not to say anything bad about Quebec, because it was great there, too. But it’ll always be special for me with Colorado.”

read on and no tear shedding please…

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Datsyuk: Too Much, Too Soon?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Update 1310 EST:  Wow.  TSN, Khan(!) and Detroit radio all reporting the deal is worth between 6 and 7 mil for 6 or 7 years.  An astronomical, risky investment.


It was important for the organization to get this taken care before the playoffs and avoid a potential distraction. And it was vital to get this talented player locked up to a long-term deal before he hit the free-agent market on July 1.

Now, Datsyuk will be under heavy pressure to deliver in the playoffs, which have been a struggle for him. He has gone 26 games without a goal in the playoffs, dating back to Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference finals.

Update 1203 EST: Ted Kulfan reports the deal is for five years. 

I’m real curious as to your opinions of today’s Datsyuk signing.  No figures have been released yet, obviously.  I’m guessing at 6mil/per.

And now we can start with the second-guessing.


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Cliche Time

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from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,

Do or die. Must-win. Now or never. Biggest game of the season.
Name the cliché and you are bound to hear it heading into the final weekend of the NHL’s 2006-07 regular season.
There are races galore as the curtain closes on the current campaign.


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Datsyuk To Remain In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Both Detroit sports talk stations are reporting Pavel Datsyuk has re-signed with the Wings. 1pm press conference has been scheduled. Poor Brett. Nice try. On a lighter note….Bubba's sad. No, not because they have to postpone the Central banner raising hoedown....again. They knew that was coming. Something more earth shattering to the 18,000 cousins who frequent the Gay on a kind-of-regular basis. That's right. The baby-poop colored sweaters will soon be as rare as a Tennessee public school diploma.

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Report- Datsyuk Signs With Wings

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Radio station WDFN in Detroit is reporting Pavel Datsyuk has signed an extension with the Wings.
Art Regner, who is now a part-timer with DFN, called in the news.

update 11:27am, Wings holding a 1:00pm press conference.

update 12:44pm, via TSN,

The contract is believed to be a six or seven year agreement that will pay Datsyuk between $6 and 7 million per season.

update 1:31pm, via the AP,

“Everyone in the organization wanted him to stay with us,” said team owner Mike Ilitch.
Ilitch singled out longtime captain and current team executive Steve Yzerman for his insistence that the Red Wings’ management retain Datsyuk.
“We felt it was extremely important to lock this player up for as long as we can,” Yzerman said at an afternoon news conference at Joe Louis Arena.
“This contract was extremely important to me,” Datsyuk said. “Especially since I have been a Red Wing since 2001.”

update 3:38pm, per TSN, $46.9-million, seven-year deal

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Huet Expected To Start

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Look for Cristobal Huet to start in goal tomorrow night when the Canadiens’ playoff hopes depend on at least taking the Toronto Maple Leafs to overtime.
The only good thing to come out of the Canadiens’ 3-1 loss to the New York Rangers was the fact that Huet made his first appearance since Feb. 14 and showed that he’s fit enough to play in Toronto.
He replaced Jaroslav Halak in the third period and stopped the eight shots he faced.

more on the Canadiens…

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Why You Should Watch The Playoffs

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from the Bleacher Report,

If you’re thinking I’m one of those north-of-the-border types who have no idea how irrelevant hockey can seem in the United States, think again:
I was born and raised in Northern California.
Hockey has jumped atop my list of favorite sports in recent years—and no, it’s not because the media’s convinced me, or because my company has a cushy skybox to throw around.
The NHL is my favorite new league because it earned the top spot—one goal, forecheck, and fight at a time. And for those of you in the U.S.A. who aren’t jazzed about the Stanley Cup Playoffs, here are four simple reasons to start paying attention.

read on

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Rating Slump On NBC

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Two weeks ago, NBC’s Sunday afternoon hockey telecast outdrew ABC’s NBA coverage. Both had 1.0 ratings (number of households tuned in), but NBC produced a larger audience share.
Last week, ABC rebounded to earn a 1.9 rating (Miami-Detroit), while NBC, with two weak regional matchups (Detroit-Columbus and Los Angeles-San Jose) slumped to a .71. That’s the lowest rating for an NHL broadcast in years.

more on HNIC using the web during the playoffs…

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Pavel The Pessimist?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

On the heels of Khan(!)‘s report this morning that Pavel Datsyuk is close to re-signing with the Wings comes this little ditty from the Russian online Gazeta.ru.

Team Russia GM Alexei Nemchinov told that Datsyuk and Markov called him and asked him to reserve for them a couple of empty spots in the roster for the World Championship in Moscow.

“If Detroit will lose in the first round, we would like to participate in WC.”

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