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Nashville Still Needs The Corporate Buyer

from the NashvillePost.com,

Thursday’s rally to drive ticket sales for the Nashville Predators seems certain to draw legions of fans, but it may not have the desired effect in a critical area for the team – companies buying tickets.
Sources say that the all-day effort, which will be broadcast live on sports talk radio 104.5 The Zone, may be getting off the message that Nashville’s corporate community needs to step up more and buy the pricier tickets in the lower bowl….
As of today, season ticket sales were about 7,452. Last year, the final season ticket number was 8,758. Of current sales, 1,201 are new, according to figures obtained by NashvillePost.com. Of those, 467 are to businesses. That’s 38.9%, a little higher than the 35 percent of ticket sales last year to businesses, a good indicator that sales are moving in the direction the team has wanted for years.

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Trade Of Cullen May Open Spot For Another Center

from David Kolb at MSG Network,

Not only does the transaction clear cap space this year, but going forward as well. Cullen was slated to make $2.8 million a year through the 2009-2010 season, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The space cleared will help the Rangers sign Sean Avery and Marcel Hossa, both of whom are headed to arbitration.
The extra elbow room may also allow Sather to possibly sign a veteran center like Michael Peca to slide into the third line center position.

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Niedermayer Decision Still On Hold

from TSN,

Niedermayer’s agent, Kevin Epp told CKNW in Vancouver Tuesday that his All-Star client is still mulling things over.
“I think a decision will be made more near the end of the summer, before training camp begins in Anaheim,” he told the radio station. “I think he still has a lot of things to do here and a lot of things to think about. I think he’s going to wait until then, and he’ll make a decision before the NHL season begins.”

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Drew Miller Takes The Cup On A Tour Of The Lansing Area

from the Hockey Hall of Fame,

The Stanley Cup arrived and was taken first to the Miller family home, where family and a few close friends ran their fingers over the engraved surface, pointing out friends, former teammates and heroes.
Drew took the Stanley Cup over to Sparrow Hospital and shared his victory with the children in the pediatrics ward. It wasn’t his first visit there by any means, as he regularly visited the youngsters while attending college as part of the Spartan Buddies program.

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Caps Sign Pair

from the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Steve Eminger and center Brian Sutherby, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Cullen To Carolina

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired center Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
“Matt was an important member of our championship team in 2006 and we obviously know he is an excellent fit for our style of play,” said Rutherford. “He is extremely popular in our dressing room and his speed and skill will be important assets going forward.”

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Relax, Take A Walk

Why don’t you take a walk with me today at my NHL.com blog?

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Possible Trade

via Spector’s,

NHL.COM: lists forward Peter Schafer as part of the Boston Bruins roster and right wing Shean Donovan as a member of the Ottawa Senators.

I am waiting for more verification, will update when it comes in.

added 10:01am, TSN confirms,

The Ottawa Senators have dealt Peter Schaefer to the Boston Bruins for Shean Donovan.

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No Shopping For Therien

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

It would have been understandable if Therrien had decided to serve out the final year of his contract then, with a couple of exceptional seasons on his resume, auction himself to the highest bidder next summer.
Some people—especially his accountant—would have viewed that as a shrewd decision.
Therrien, though, saw it as more of a non-issue and didn’t balk at signing a contract extension that ties him to the Penguins through the 2008-09 season.
“It never even crossed my mind,” Therrien said. “I’m not a guy who likes to shop around.”

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Numerous Teams Interested In Forsberg

from the Denver Post,

Former Avalanche center Peter Forsberg is encouraged about the condition of his surgically repaired right ankle, and he has acknowledged to a Swedish newspaper that many teams remain interested in seeing if he would be available to play in the NHL next season.
Forsberg on Monday told the newspaper Expressen that his agent, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Don Baizley, keeps him “informed of everything.”

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