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The worst-kept secret in hockey is finally coming out in the open as the NHL makes its announcement about the January 1st, 2008 outdoor game to be played between the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Update 2:09pm ET:
from the Buffalo News,
League executives will gather at Ralph Wilson Stadium this afternoon to trumpet the first NHL game to be played outdoors in the United States, one that should shatter the league’s attendance record. The Sabres will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. Jan. 1 in the home of the Bills.
NBC, one of the league’s television partners, has been pushing for a marquee New Year’s Day event, Collins said. The holiday is one of the busiest days of the year for television use. It traditionally has been an afternoon of college football bowl games for sports fans, but since the advent of the Bowl Championship Series to determine a national champion, most of the top games are on other days.
The league views that as an ideal time to attract fans.
“It will really build a national and North American platform for the league,” Collins (NHL Sr. VP) said. “There’s a lot of interest in the game.”
more including ticket information…
Larry Brooks on the Teppo Numminen suspension,
There were, as well, no considerations of human decency involved here either, and the whole world now knows that. It’s quite the partnership this owner has his with players, this owner who may or not believe that charity begins at home but most assuredly does not believe that charity begins with the home team.
WNYMedia has learned exclusively that ticket prices for the big event have been set from $10 for the first few rows of the 100 level seating bowl, which are labeled as obstructed view, to $203 for those heated club seats under the overhang.
We obtained a copy of the pricing chart through an unnamed contact, but were unable to reach Sabres PR spokesman Mike Gilbert this afternoon for verification or further comment.
from the Buffalo News,
On Friday, Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier defended the suspension, noting it was well within the rules set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.
“There’s a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play,” Regier said. “It’s the collective bargaining agreement, and in no way is it personal to Teppo.
“I had the conversation with Teppo. He understands it’s business. It has a lot of implications on the salary side, on the cap side.”
Numminen believed the surgery would occur years down the line but doctors at The Cleveland Clinic advised the 39-year old defensemen have it done now.
“It was shocking,” said Numminen. “It was something that I wasn’t expecting and it really was surprising.”
Numminen, who has had two heart surgeries, will have a valve in his heart repaired on Thursday at The Cleveland Clinic.
The Sabres have suspended Numminen without pay for reporting to training camp physically unable to perform, something he is not thinking about.
“That’s I guess how the teams do their business, it’s not really on my list of worries or things to think about. It’s really on the side and not a big deal for me.”
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
The Sabres didn’t advertise it, but The Buffalo News on Thursday night learned they suspended Teppo Numminen without pay for failing to report to training camp in proper physical condition. The 39-year-old defenseman must have his heart worked on a third time, although this procedure is for a different condition than the previous two….
What do you think the Canadiens would have done if a team physical showed Saku Koivu’s cancer had returned over the summer? Suspend him?
The Buffalo Sabres have announced that defenseman Teppo Numminen will have heart surgery.
Numminen learned of new complications Monday when undergoing a routine examination at the Cleveland Clinic prior to the start of training camp. The Sabres say it’s too early to tell if the surgery is career or season threatening.
General Manager Darcy Regier told reporters he’s still learning details of the situation, but did say the surgery Numminen needs is more extensive than two previous procedures he’s undergone to deal with an irregular heartbeat.
From Eric Duhatchek at the Globe & Mail,
This time around, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Buffalo Sabres and that too represents an intriguing match-up - although with a 1 p.m. Eastern starting time, it is hard to imagine them fitting in what could be a great legends game beforehand, what with Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey available on the Penguins’ side and a reunited French Connection leading the way for Buffalo. Nor can anyone underestimate the value of getting Sidney Crosby involved in the project, along with the rest of his exciting, emerging Penguins’ team. Even if the event doesn’t strike a chord, the presence of Sid The Kid will
more… (*the date of the game is Jan 1, 2008)
Lindy Ruff knows what’s on the tops of the minds of Sabre fans, and, yes, life without Chris Drury and Daniel Briere will be a change for him as well.
“We’re going to miss qualities that both those players brought to our team, but the past couple weeks of players being around, they’ve already gone past that,” Ruff said Wednesday morning on The Howard Simon Show. “The players realize the opportunity that lies there with added responsibility and added ice time.”
The first name Ruff mentioned was oft-injured forward Tim Connolly, who returned for the playoff run in the 2006-07 campaign.
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