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Shot Heard Across The Border

from The Maven at MSG Network,

Jim Balsillie’s name keeps popping up in Canadian papers as a possible-future NHL team-owner. That’s because there are scribes north of the border dying to see a big-league club move to either Hamilton or Winnipeg – or even Crows Nest Pass.

What the Canadian Fourth Estaters refuse to acknowledge is that Balsillie so alienated NHL owners, he has as much chance of securing a team as Anchorage has of winning a Stanley Cup!

more NHL bits from Stan…

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Lester Patrick Recipients Announced

from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Nine-time NHL All-Star Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, prolific writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler and longtime communications executive and historian John Halligan have been named recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

continued and congrats to all!

added 7:30pm, Stan Fischler’s response to the award…

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Sean Burke Retires

from TSN,

Veteran NHL goaltender Sean Burke has called it a career.

The 40-year-old Burke made the official announcement on Tuesday ending a distinguished NHL and international hockey career.

“I have been very fortunate to enjoy a long and eventful professional hockey career,” said Burke.

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The Winter Classic Sells Out in 40 Minutes

From WBEN in Buffalo,

The Buffalo Sabres outdoor game at Ralph Wilson Stadium—officially called AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic New Year’s Day- sold out 74,000 tickets in under 1 hour Tuesday morning.

The game, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, began offering tickets at 10:00 am at the Bills Ticket Office outside the stadium and online at Ticketmaster.com. None were available by 10:40 am

It is not known how many tickets went to individual buyers and how many went to brokers, but there are indications that the secondary market is already skyrocketing.  There were no limits on the number of tickets any individual could buy, and immediately after the sell out tickets were being offered on E-bay, at typical prices of $2,000 for six, or roughly $300 each.

continued… (*you can also read more details about the game here)

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NHL Calendar of Important Dates

imageSept. 29-30 - Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings season-opening series at London.

Oct. 3 - General regular-season opening night.

Nov. 10 - Hockey Hall of Fame Game - New York Rangers at Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nov. 12 - Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Toronto.

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Way Back When

from the Calgary Herald,

It’s not like the older defencemen ignored him completely.

It’s not like Adrian Aucoin, breaking in with the Vancouver Canucks in 1995, wasn’t involved.

“They’d tell me to get the beer and I’d get the beer,” says Aucoin, grinning. “I didn’t say a word. That’s the way it was. They were the best guys”—Dave Babych, Dana Murzyn, Jyrki Lumme, Jeff Brown, Bret Hedican—“and I had a great time, but it was different then.”

Craig Conroy, recalling his formative years with the Montreal Canadiens, can vouch for that.

Veterans ruled the roost—if not with an iron fist, then at least with a spiked tongue.

continued

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BOG Agenda

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Sportsnet,

The NHL’s unbalanced schedule will once again be front and centre at the board of governors meeting in Chicago on Tuesday while talk of possible expansion will also be on the agenda when owners gather for the first time this season.

Few issues have ignited as much passionate debate among owners in recent years as the schedule, which since the lockout has featured eight games versus each divisional opponent—too many according to some—and only 10 games (five on the road) against non-conference opponents.

“We cannot walk away from the debate, it’s critically important to our customers,” Oilers president and CEO Pat LaForge told The Canadian Press on Monday. “We think it’s the same for all Western teams. We think we’re at a huge disadvantage the way the schedule is right now.”

read on

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Rangers Ticket Sales Break Records

From the NY Rangers,

The New York Rangers announced today that individual game tickets for the 2007-08 season sold-out in less than one hour. It is believed to be the fastest season sell-out in team history. Tickets that went o-sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday completely sold out with the exception of an extremely limited number of single tickets.

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No More Outdoor Games

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Dear Gary Bettman,

Please accept this as a formal plea to cease and desist with these outdoor hockey games in football stadiums. The first one in Edmonton left me cold, to employ a pun as painful as your comparison between these games and the players playing on backyard rinks and ponds when they were children, and the rest even colder. Well, if I had lost my mind and actually attended the one in Hamilton last year, it would have left me wet, since it rained like crazy.

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NHL Officially Announces The Winter Classic

imageThe 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. 

Press conference is scheduled for 2pm ET today. This link will open up your WMP to watch a live feed of the conference. (Or go to the NHL.com home page to pick up the broadcast there).

Update 2:09pm ET:

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