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You Call These Cheap Seats?

from Graeme Wood of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver Canucks tickets went on sale today at 10 a.m. and fans can expect to reach deeper into their wallets to see their favourite hockey stars at Rogers Arena.

A family of four can now expect to pay at least $284 to attend a match - that is of course if they don’t mind watching the Columbus BlueJackets on a Tuesday night, walk to the arena, and don’t eat.

With the cheapest ticket now costing $65 — a $10 increase from last year — the club has the most expensive low-end ticket price in the National Hockey League. The next highest priced low-end ticket can be found in Edmonton for a relative bargain of $50.75.

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Cheechoo Gets Another Shot With Dallas

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The 30-year-old native of Moose Factory, Ontario, isn’t trying to make the team as a checker. The Stars will take a look at him on the wing with Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow. Talk about a carrot.

“For a goal scorer, you have to get an opportunity,” Stars coach Marc Crawford told ESPN.com. “We think we’ve got an opportunity here to give him a real good look in the preseason and see if he can find some chemistry between him and Ribeiro and Morrow. They need a shooter on that line and he is a shooter. He finds open spots and Ribeiro finds open people. Morrow goes hard to the net and is a hard, hard guy.

“It is a great opportunity, and who knows how it’s going to turn out. That’ll be determined by Jonathan. I’m hoping that we get a surprise and he’s able to make our club and be a contributing guy for us.”

It’s not a coincidence Crawford is giving Cheechoo the chance.

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Dany Heatley Can’t Throw

But he can score…

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Guerin Would Like To Play In Philadelphia

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Veteran right wing Bill Guerin makes no bones about it—he wants to be a Flyer.

It’s why he was scrimmaging with 30 other players at the SkateZone on Thursday and why he’ll be back on the ice today before the Flyers’ prospects take over the SkateZone for a weeklong camp beginning Sunday.

“Right now I’m just kind of skating and being around the guys,” Guerin told the Courier-Post after a 50-minute scrimmage Thursday. “This is a team I would definitely like to play for, but we’ll see.”

With the start of training camp one week away, the Flyers have 23 players under contract and are just $877,000 below the NHL’s $59.4 million salary cap. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren declined comment when asked if anticipates offering Guerin a tryout contract.

“He’s in a tough position right now, I understand that,” said Guerin, who has played 17 NHL seasons and will turn 40 in November.

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Halak Arrives In St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues players said Thursday that while it was difficult to see Mason move on, having Halak helped ease the disappointment.

“At first, you don’t think about the guy coming … you think about the guy you’re losing and you feel bad for that,” Blues forward David Perron said. “We’ve got memories with what happened with (Mason). He was such a good guy and such a good goalie. (But) after that, you turn the page and you realize how good of a goalie we’ve got as well.”

Halak, who was drafted by Montreal in the ninth round (No. 271 overall) in 2003, has a record of 56-34-7 in 101 NHL games, along with a career goals-against average of 2.62 and a save-percentage of .919.

Before last year, though, Halak had only played in 56 games in three seasons. Then in December, he took the starting job away from Price and was brilliant in the postseason, posting the league’s fourth-best save-percentage (.924).

“I watched every single (Montreal) game in the playoffs,” Perron said. “He was just unbelievable. He would carry the team and it was unreal … non-stop saves.”

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Is Seguin Ready For The NHL?

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Tyler Seguin is here, with a pristine Bruins sweater, No. 19, set aside for the taking. All he has to do is reach for it, eagerly wrap his strong but adolescent arms around the black-and-gold fibers and slip it over his muscular, well-sculpted torso. Simple. Ready to wear. Such an easy fit.

But the question remains, is he ready for the fit?

“Yeah,’’ said the much-ballyhooed 18-year-old forward, who arrived in town four days ago in anticipation of the club’s rookie camp next week. “I do believe I am ready.’’

For the record, the most talked-about Bruins rookie since Joe Thornton (last seen in the Hub in that No. 19 sweater) said those words evenly and confidently, yet with no amount of hubris nor hint of braggadocio. Seguin’s “ready’’ is a healthy one, a smart one — verbalized as respect for those already on the roster, and also in acknowledg ment that a mediocre showing in the next 2-3 weeks could return him to the Plymouth Whalers for another year of junior hockey.

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Twittering Leafs

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Mike Komisarek was dragged into Twitter kicking and screaming. Colby Armstrong had some time on his hands and thought he’d try it out.

Tyler Bozak, well, he got on to Twitter so he can hear from singer Taylor Swift.

“She’s my favourite singer,” said the Leafs 25-year-old centre, who got all sheepish when he brought up her name. “I’d like to meet her. You never know.”

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Watch Out For The Red Wings

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

When Vancouver Canuck fans scan their team’s opposition in the Western Conference this season they will likely be happy about the fact the Chicago Blackhawks lost much of their depth and will now rely on a lot of young, minimum wage types to fill in positions around their stars.

They will look at the San Jose Sharks and understand the changes they made were to try to get this team into the Cup final again but with the loss of Evgeni Nabokov and a couple of good parts in Rob Blake and Manny Malhotra the question has to be whether they have in fact improved.

But when their scanning eye hits upon Detroit, fear enters their mind knowing this just might be the best team in the west.

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Watch Out Sidney

Cal Clutterbuck answered some fan email at Wild.com,

Question: Who are you most looking forward to meeting as an opponent this year to lay a big hit on?

(laughs) Ahh, probably anyone from Vancouver. Maybe Sidney Crosby.

Editor’s Note: Many people asked about former Penguin and current Senator Sergei Gonchar, who took a run at Clutterbuck last year and delivered a heat shot. This was brought up to Clutterbuck.

(laughs) That was a long time ago, but if I have the opportunity to hit him cleanly, I’m going to take full advantage.

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The best of the rest - UFAs play the waiting game

In the summer of inaction we saw Kovalchuk sign, unsign, and then sign again. We saw players head to Russia. We saw Canadiens forward Glen Metropolit, and Islanders stalwart Richard Park head to Switzerland. But more than anything, we saw unrestricted free agent after unrestricted free agent after – wait for it – unrestricted free agent remain unsigned. And don’t even get me started on the RFA players still sitting at home without a contract. 

So who’s left?

Without further ado, The Upper Canadien presents the best of the rest – ten players left as unrestricted free agents who could step in and make a difference across the NHL.

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  Tags: guerin, nolan, theodore, tucker, ufa

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