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Freeze Ticket Prices

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman and the NHL should announce an immediate, across-the-board, 30-team price freeze on tickets for this year’s playoffs and for 2009-10 season-subscription packages and single-game purchases.

By doing so, the NHL not only would reap incalculable positive publicity as the first pro sports league to ever initiate such a program, it would create enormous and real good will among its consumers who are the lifeblood of the sport.

Beyond that, announcing a price freeze will be good for a business that relies disproportionately on ticket revenue. A price freeze will stimulate ticket sales. Ticket sales stimulate additional ancillary game-day revenue. It always is better to maximize actual attendance than average ticket price.

read on

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Afternoon Line

“The easy way out is to bench a player, that’s the easy thing to do. Maybe it’s a fault. Maybe I should. But that’s not working with people, that’s pushing them aside. I’d rather challenge people to be better.”

-Senators coach Craig Hartsburg.  More from Chris Stevenson at Off The Posts.

 

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Searching For The Wings

from Jeff Z. Klein & Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NYT,

According to Google, the Detroit Red Wings were the most searched team, followed by the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Buffalo Sabres, the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins.

The list closely mirrors the countdown of teams that draw the most television viewers in the United States.

more plus a look at the ASG ballot-stuffing issue.

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Brian McGrattan Enters Rehab Program

NEW YORK/TORONTO (December 13, 2008)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that Brian McGrattan of the Phoenix Coyotes has voluntarily entered Stage #1 of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHL and the NHLPA.

Under terms of the program, McGrattan will continue to receive his full salary and benefits and will have no penalty imposed as long as he complies with the prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.

The program’s doctors, Dr. Dave Lewis on behalf of the NHL and Dr. Brian Shaw on behalf of the NHLPA, are administering McGrattan’s care.

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The Aggressive Way Of Play

from Russia Today,

Canadian Darcy Verot is spending 2007-2008 season with Vityaz Chekhov. His arrival was some kind of a sensation, since Russian hockey had never seen this aggressive way of playing the game, which the Chekhov crowd really enjoys. The town’s stadium rarely has empty seats even though the club is currently the worst in the KHL.

read on and watch a related video...

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Injuries Hitting Canadiens

via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens got some news on Saturday about their injured players, but the news wasn’t good.

Following Saturday’s morning skate, head coach Guy Carbonneau revealed that Carey Price is suffering from a lower body injury on top of a cold that he’s been fighting for a few days now.

Carbonneau said that Price sustained the injury during Wednesday’s practice and that the starting goaltender will remain off the ice for at least four more days.

Also on Saturday, Carbonneau made public the result of Saku Koivu’s MRI, stating that the captain will be out of the lineup for two weeks.

Carbonneau also confirmed on Saturday that Christopher Higgins will be out at least five more weeks, saying it’s the same injury that has kept defenceman Mike Komisarek out since mid-November.

 

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Dmen Experience A Great Asset For Sharks

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com .

Never overlook the value of experience when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup.

History has proven that point time and again, so it’s an important element in the construction of the San Jose Sharks, who have been nearly unbeatable this season.

General Manager Doug Wilson acquired three players who have won the Stanley Cup, adding that tried-and-tested experience to a talent-laden roster.

And the fact all three are defensemen doesn’t hurt either. Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich were members of the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning, and Rob Blake won the 2001 Cup in Colorado. That’s an awful lot of experience on the Sharks’ blue line.

continued plus more hockey topics…

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll

They’ll be joined by guests including me, Alanah McGinley (Kukla’s Korner/ Canucks & Beyond), Dave Pagnotta (The Fourth Period),  Tim Rosenthal (Inside Hockey.com), Bob Snow (NHL.com), Jack Capuano (Bridgeport Sound Tigers Head Coach) and Conor McKenna (TEAM 990).

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Brett Leonhardt (the Caps surprise backup goalie last night), Doug Wilson, John Shannon and Phil Esposito.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Games Start At 1:00pm Today

Get the fireplace lit early today, sparks should be flying when Pittsburgh takes on Philadelphia at 1pm today.

More great games on today’s schedule, check below for your favorite matchup.

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Malkin At The Top When Down

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

But, when it comes to stellar performances in the face of a daunting deficit, the real comeback kid is Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.

In this, the year of the comeback in the NHL, no one has been better at chipping away at a lead when the chips are down.

Three times the Penguins have bounced back to win games in which they trailed by at least two goals and Malkin had seven points in those three games. While such prowess might seem run-of-the mill for the league’s leading scorer, Malkin’s production is higher in those games when all seems lost (2.33 points per game) than in the rest of his outings (1.58 points per game).

“He’s one of those guys who, when you’re down by a goal, two goals or even four goals, they’re not cashing it in. He has a great will to win,” said Pittsburgh general manager Ray Shero.

more

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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