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The Impact Of Patrick Roy

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Oh, it’s a great experience to play for him,” (Kelsey) Tessier, 18, the Avalanche’s fourth-round draft choice this year, said after Colorado’s rookie-camp workout Sunday at Family Sports Center.

“His passion for the game and the will to win are there because he coaches the same way he plays,” Tessier said. “He has the attitude that he hates losing, and that’s the passion he gives our team. It’s just such a great experience to play for him. He gives you every tool to win, and you have no excuse not to. When he was a goalie, he saw the whole ice in front of him and saw everything. And he knows exactly where we should be.”...

You can say a lot of things about Patrick Roy, but if you could hear the awe and appreciation in the voice of one of his current charges, Tessier, you wouldn’t even try to diminish his impact as a coach and motivator.

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Wait And See Attitude In Nashville

from Richard Lawson of the Nashville City Paper,

The Preds this morning launched a major marketing campaign to ramp up ticket sales. The campaign covers the radio, TV and billboard aspects and also reaches into the world of Facebook and MySpace. Our Team Nashville, which organized a successful one-day season-ticket push last year, also will be back in action with another rally Sept. 23.

Predators officials aren’t being as open with ticket sales figures as they were last year. They don’t want to get into another running tally. But they will say the team maintained a solid season-ticket base this summer, one that was more normal, more like the summer of two years ago without all the save-the-team hoopla.

Still, officials note that it is critical to build on that base.

The grumpy economy, however, will be a challenge. Potential buyers worried about job security are more likely to delay their decisions.

more and read about the Preds new marketing campaign...

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Media News

via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Reporter Christine Simpson, who had been with Rogers Sportsnet since its start in 1998, rejected the network’s contract offer and is close to signing with the NHL Network.

Sportsnet has signed Mark Spector, formerly with the National Post, to write for its website.

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  Tags: christine+simpson, mark+spector

What Might Have Been

via Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Nonis told Canucks’ ownership he would add three forwards and let Markus Naslund go through free agency. Swedish free agent Fabian Brunnstrom was committed to signing with the Canucks. Nonis was also going to trade the Canucks’ first-round draft pick this summer, which probably would have landed the Kings’ Mike Cammalleri. And he was going to move a defenceman, likely Kevin Bieksa, and/or prospects for another proven scorer. Hello, Olli Jokinen.

Gillis, for his part, has improved the Canucks’ fourth line and added Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier while losing Naslund and Brendan Morrison.

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Orr Just Wants To Play

from Scott Taylor of the National Post,

The Coyotes called (Jamison) Orr in the summer and invited him to rookie camp, but then, when they signed all their free-agents and draft picks, called back and told him to wait until the big camp opens. Orr really had no other choice but to wait.

“I’m going to play someplace,” said Orr, the younger brother of New York Rangers tough guy Colton Orr.

“I might just play in the CIS. But I’m going to play. I’ll go anywhere anybody wants me to go.”

Fact is, there is no one who would travel farther—or more often—than this 6-foot-3, 220-pound scrapper. Since his first year of junior in 2002, he’s been with 17 different organizations. He hasn’t played for all of them, but he’s been there.

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The Structured Senators

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“(The players are) kind of on pins and needles themselves wondering what it’s going to be about, but to me we want to make sure people understand that there’s going to be an identity and type of game that we want to play,” said Hartsburg.

“Everybody is going to be asked to play within that structure. A guy like Jason Spezza, who is a gifted offensive puck handler, there’s room for that. Cody Bass and (Shean) Donovan, there’s room for them in our structure and a need for both type of players. There’s going to be good structure and the team is going to take a lot of pride in the work part of the game. We want a mentality that we can defend and we can attack.”

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A Premium On Premium Pricing

from SnapShots of Mlive,

Well, surprise, surprise, in addition to boosting the prices of single-game tickets in a state that continues to lose jobs at an astonishing race based upon a Stanley Cup win, they’ve also introduced “premium” game pricing. If you want to go see the Wings raise their Stanley Cup banner against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 9th, you pay from $45-125 in the upper bowl, and from $125-235 in the lower bowl.

Want to see the Wings play an Original Six rival in the Rangers on Saturday, October 18th? It’ll cost you from $35.00-$95.00 in the upper bowl, and from $95-195 to sit in the lower bowl.

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Kelly Leading The Pension Plan Fight

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The latest pension court battle between the NHL and its players may look minor compared with the previous one, when the owners were caught with their hands in the till, but it will be a watershed moment for union boss Paul Kelly.

It is not important that he wins the fight, only that he is willing to wage it. By doing so, he should satisfy a small but influential group of his members who remain suspicious of anything that smacks of a cozy relationship with the NHL.

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  Tags: paul+kelly

Stamkos Should Be In Traverse City

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

I’m not sure that I like the arguments why Steve Stamkos isn’t playing at the prospects tournament for Tampa Bay. I’ve heard things ranging from it’s the Lightning trying to protect Stamkos from a tournament where prospects try to prove themselves, including fighting. I’ve also heard that the Lightning didn’t want Stamkos to miss any of their main camp which begins a day after this tournament ends.

First off, don’t worry about Stamkos protecting himself.

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Season Of ‘Baby’ Steps For The Kings

from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

Everyone knew what was coming when general manager Dean Lombardi jumped aboard with marching orders to get the ship righted, much like he did in San Jose. That meant rebuilding, and rebuilding means stripping away what’s not working by selling off assets for picks, drafting well, development, patience with your blue-chip prospects, trying to keep key young players together as they climb the ladder and hope they’re ready when they get their crack.

But two seasons have passed and the Kings are still facing an uphill battle not only to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in six seasons but also toward respectability. Two years is probably not nearly enough time to accurately assess whether rebuilding is a success, but this is business and the L.A. market – surprisingly loyal throughout so many frustrating years – is losing interest and crowds are waning.

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