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from the Canadian Press:
Fans have come back to the NHL. And now they're paying for it. Led by the Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes, more than half the league's teams have raised ticket prices, including 10 of them by more than five per cent.
Carolina tickets now average $38, an increase of 45 per cent over last season, the first since the NHL returned from a lockout that cost the league the 2004-05 season. The Florida Panthers bumped up prices 29 per cent after they were only one of six teams to raise prices last season. Stanley Cup runner-up Edmonton, Calgary, Nashville, Boston, Dallas, Montreal, Philadelphia and Ottawa also raised their prices by more than five per cent.Remember, folks: It's about supply and demand, not player salaries. continued
via the AP,
NHL referee Rob Martell will miss at least one week of action after getting hit in the left eye with an errant puck during the San Jose Sharks' game against St. Louis. Stephen Walkom, the NHL's director of officiating, said Friday that Martell has swelling and blood in his eye, but probably incurred no long-term damage. He was cleared to fly out of San Jose, but won't return to the ice for at least another week.
from the Spoof,
RALEIGH, North Carolina. As the Carolina Hurricanes begin the defense of the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history, National Hockey League officials say they will increase security against a risk the silver bowl has never faced before: smokeless tobacco, which is considered one of the four basic food groups by many NASCAR fans. "Lord Stanley didn't donate his challenge cup to be used as a spitoon," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, "and our fear is that every Joe Don and Gene Ray in NASCAR country will goober it up with their spit."continued
I was just invited to join the "Suite" life tongiht for game 3 of the ALDS between the Yankees and Tigers. First playoff game in Detroit in 19 years, how could I pass this opportunity up? I will update if anything major breaks and keep an eye on the KK Forums where members may post updates too.
from the Boston Herald,
Whatever happens in the Bruins’ season opener tonight at the BankAtlantic Center - good or bad - will be etched indelibly into Kessel’s brain as only a first game can be. And that might be true for many Bruins fans watching back home, for Kessel is the most intriguing rookie the Black ’n’ Gold have had since the Joe Thornton and Sergei Samsonov stepped onto the then-FleetCenter ice nine years ago. Once considered to be the top pick in last year’s draft, the Wisconsin native came to the Bruins with the No. 5 overall choice, thanks in large part to some questions regarding his maturity that made other teams skittish.read on
from Jay Russo at ESPN,
We're just a few days into the NHL season. We're still shaking off the rust. But with most of the 30 NHL teams having already taken the ice over the past few days, we're struck by a few performances. Again, it's only Week 1, but … • The Chicago Blackhawks are undefeated! • Senators' Jekyll and Hyde in net • What 15 years and $67.5 million gets youmore
One of my favorite things about the online hockey community is everyone's interest in sharing their personal photographs. There are thousands and thousands of hockey photos taken by fans around the league, posted on sites like Flickr. Here is a list (below) of team groups I'm familiar with, but just head to Flickr (or anywhere on the net) and just start searching -- you'll find many more. Maybe join a group or start your own. Atlanta Thrashers, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks Another option if you wish to browse older amateur hockey photos is the Hockey Photo Project. I'm not sure the site is updated anymore, but it can still be entertaining to hunt through the archives. If anyone has any other groups they'd like to suggest, either on Flickr or elsewhere on the internet, feel free to add them to this post. One thing I should add -- if you ever want to use or post another person's hockey photo, be sure to ask permission or give them credit wherever you can. Most people are happy to see their work posted on hockey forums and blogs, but they deserve to be credited for their great work! Note: The photo above is from one of the Canucks hockey groups, and shows Marc Chouinard and my friend (and podcast-mate!) Rebecca from The Crazy Canucks.com.
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
For all the attention-grabbing, cost-handling, fan-pandering changes that came with the underwear model and her Warrior Hockey marketing campaign last season, the game made only incremental steps in regards to entertainment value and considering how long it had languished in its no-offense mode, the changes did little more than bring the game back into a focus it had well over a decade ago. As a rule, the NHL still isn't a scoring league in line with say the National Football League, the National Basketball Association or even the seemingly still-juiced Major League Baseball product. On any given night last season it was long periods of up and down action with no real increase in scoring until one of the countless power plays came into being. If that didn't resolve anything, at least a four-on-four overtime and then a shootout sent the fans home happy.more
via the Globe and Mail,
For its NHL opener (Buffalo Sabres-Carolina Hurricanes), the U.S. cable channel Versus, formerly called OLN, had a rating of 0.32 (percentage of U.S. cable households watching the game). That's an increase of 14 per cent over last year's Philadelphia Flyers-New York Rangers opener.
from the Buffalo News,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is sympathetic to the Sabres' situation, but warns arbitration could become more of an inconvenience to the players. As long as the salary cap is tied to a percentage of league revenues, teams can't be hurt financially - although they might be forced to say goodbye to valued players. "Not a big fan of arbitration. Never have been," Bettman said Wednesday night during the Sabres' season-opening victory over the Carolina Hurricanes in the RBC Center. "Because we have the hard cap it wasn't something that we felt we had to go to the mat over, but I think over time . . . if the awards are excessive in a hard-cap system, you've got to take a good, hard look as to whether or not the monies are being fairly allocated in a sensible way."read on...and Bettman sees the cap increasing for next season...
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