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Get Your Florida Panthers Tickets Early & Ask For A Window Seat

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not only are the Panthers expected to announce that they are reducing the capacity for most home games at BankAtlantic Center on Thursday, but the team is also going to unveil a new pricing structure for individual game tickets.

Team president Michael Yormark says the new setup is based on the way airlines sell seats – prices will be determined as it gets closer to game time.

“It will pay to buy earlier,’’ Yormark said. “As inventory sells and gets tighter, the pricing will jump from tier to tier. It’s all about supply and demand. Fans won’t get the best price if they wait. When single game tickets go on sale in September, you will want to buy because the price will increase.’‘


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Markov Had ACL Surgery Today

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued today a Wednesday update on the status of defenseman Andrei Markov.

Markov underwent successful surgery today to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. His recovery is estimated to be six months.

Markov, 31, suffered this injury to his right knee during the first period of the opening game of the playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, at Mellon Arena, on April 30.

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Afternoon Line

“They know that no matter where I’m at or what’s going on, I’m going to be competing, for sure.  If you look over the course of my career, every time I’ve had some sort of setback, I came back even stronger. I think that’s what people should plan on. Because that’s what I plan on.’‘

-Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  Chris Nichols of Sportsnet looks at Thomas for next year from a fantasy point of view.

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A Few Flyers Will Be At Home

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

This edition of the Canadiens has five French speakers in the dressing room, but none are otherwise essential: Bergeron, Maxim Lapierre, Mathieu Darche, Benoit Pouliot - and bilingual anglophone Dominic Moore, who grew up in Thornhill, Ont.

“As you look around the NHL, there’s less and less [francophone players],” Bergeron said. “Players are coming from all over the world, and we are a small part of the world. Before, you had a better chance to get a better player [from Quebec] ... There’s a lot of good French players in the league; just not as much in Montreal.”

No, in this series, Quebec’s stars play for the Flyers. The oft-injured Gagné, a one-time 47-goal scorer, rode a five-game scoring streak into Tuesday night; Brière, from Gatineau, had 17 points in his previous 10 games before Game 2; and Giroux, a Franco-Ontarian from Hearst, Ont., who played his junior in Gatineau, had 13 points in Philadelphia’s first 13 playoff games. And Thursday night, they get to do it closer to home.

“The guys are going to get a warm welcome, I’m sure, in Montreal,” Bergeron said, with a wry grin.


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Tampa Needs To Start The Hiring Process

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It probably is too harsh to say the Lightning has steered without a rudder since the April 12 firing of general manager Brian Lawton. But it is not too harsh to say the recent storm over whether to pay for Stephane Veilleux’s surgery is a good example of why new owner Jeff Vinik needs to finally hire a new GM and chief executive officer.

If nothing else, the hires would lay out a vision for the organization, and would put people in place to make buck-stops-here decisions. Whether you agree or disagree with the Lightning’s position on Veilleux – it balked at paying to repair injuries to his right shoulder the team believed were not hockey related – the public-relations nightmare might have been avoided and the disruption mitigated had those positions been settled.


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What Has Surprised You?

The Conference Finals are two games in and Chicago and Philadelphia hold a strong 2-0 lead.

What has surprised you the most during this round?

They play of Ville Leino, maybe the goaltending of Antti Niemi or Michael Leighton?

Maybe the road play of the Blackhawks or the Flyers actually playing disciplined hockey?

Let me know below….

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Why The Flyers?

from Mark Gaughan at Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

This is a very rare post from the football writer invading the Sabres Edge to express his chagrin over the fact the Flyers are leading the Habs, 2-0. I can handle just about any team in the Stanley Cup Finals but the Flyers, who have to be high on the list of all-time Buffalo sports enemies. Naturally, this stems way back to the Cup finals in ‘75 when the Flyers and Bernie Parent foiled the Sabres. The Flyers always have been a hard team to like.


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Memories With Bernie Parent

Elliotte Friedman talks with Hall of Fame goaltender Bernie Parent.  Great piece by Elliotte which starts at the 1:51 mark in the video below.

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Mind Games

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

“It’s a very big project,” said Tambellini. “We are working on all components of our player development system. One of those components is the psychological aspect.

“Call it whatever you want, a consultant or a sport psychologist, but I want that position to be part of our player development model. I think it’s very important. Some (players) already have their own. We need to do that as an organization.”

He was talking about one-on-one, face-to-face, player-to-psychologist sessions, not team psychology. The Oilers did not employ either last season.

The need is obvious and not just because they finished dead last in the National Hockey League. Tambellini said at the end of the season he was determined to find players who wanted to be Oilers, who were proud to put on the jersey; the assumption being that some of the current crop weren’t all that thrilled to be here.


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Chicago’s Dominating First Line

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The best line in hockey is unstoppable right now.

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien are befuddling a very good San Jose Sharks team through two games of the Western Conference finals, just like a very good Vancouver Canucks team had no answer for the line in the previous round.

“Big Poppa” Byfuglien and “Captain Serious” Toews each scored Tuesday night, while “Doctor” Kane added a pair of assists as the Chicago Blackhawks disposed of the Sharks 4-2 to sweep the opening two-game set at HP Pavilion.

Anyone think the United Center might be a little loud Friday night? Oh my.

Imagine how dangerous this Hawks team might be if Marian Hossa and his $7.9 million salary decided to resume his playing career anytime soon?


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