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from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
When the Hurricanes take on the Red Wings in the second home game of the season, there’s a good chance only one team will be in red.
The Canes hope to unveil their new, NHL-approved alternate jerseys — expected to be black with the team’s secondary, waving-flag logo on the chest — at the Caniac Carnival in September and could wear them on the ice as early as Oct. 13 against Detroit.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Here’s a look at some of the more interesting numbers for the upcoming season:
0 — Games scheduled on Oct. 26, the only non-holiday or All Star-related date in the season on which there are no games scheduled.
1 — Games on Feb. 23 (San Jose at Dallas) and March 2 (Colorado at New York Islanders) — the only dates on which only one game is scheduled.
2 — Games on Nov. 28, when the United States celebrates Thanksgiving — and neither involves a U.S.-based team.
from Rocky Bonnano of NHL.com,
In 2007-08, the Western Conference featured only three of the top 10 goal-scoring teams in the League (Detroit, Dallas and Chicago). To close the gap, the West pried away some big names from the East via free agency and trade, beginning with the Olli Jokinen deal by Phoenix last month, the top goal scorer to change hands.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Alexander Radulov while they investigate the details of his transfer to the newly formed Russian KHL.
As well, the transfer of five other players - Nikita Filatov, Thomas Mojzis, Jason Krog, Fedor Fedorov and Viktor Tikhonov - is also being investigated by the governing body.
“Until this investigation has come to its final conclusion and the IIHF has rendered its decisions, all concerned players will be suspended from international transfers and competitions,” read a statement from the IIHF on Friday.
I have received numerous emails asking how to get tickets for the Winter Classic in Chicago.
The Blackhawks have set up a faq section on their website…
Will single-game tickets be offered to the general public?
No information has been released by the NHL with regard to single-game tickets at this time. The only way to currently guarantee a spot at the Winter Classic is to become a Blackhawks full season ticketholder (while supplies last). Stay tuned to chicagoblackhawks.com or sign up for email alerts…
from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,
When Rocky Wirtz officially welcomes fans to the Blackhawks Convention this evening, his greeting might be drowned out by chants of ‘‘Rock-y, Rock-y.’’ When he mingles with fans, he likely will be asked to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Truth be told, Wirtz will feel a little uncomfortable if these things happen because being front and center really isn’t his style. But he’s not about to complain. The way the Hawks’ chairman sees it, the convention is another opportunity for the organization to reach out to fans, and a happy fan base is good for business.
The Toronto Maple Leafs lead the National Hockey League with the highest ticket prices, they top the NHL with the highest revenues, yet they are the only Canadian team not to make the playoffs since the lockout. So, as an olive branch to their fans, they’re putting on a free pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.
If they really wanted to give their fans a treat, they would stage the game but bring in two other NHL teams, not just one.
-Mark Spector of the National Post
from Empty Netters,
In this release by the Penguins which brags about how they had a renewal rate of 99 percent from their season ticket holders for next season, there’s one little item that’s somewhat buried.
“The club also plans to select four games for special “Student Rush” promotions. For those games, college and high school students will be able to purchase discounted tickets for $20. A total of 400 tickets will be available for each of the four games.”
We wanted to contact a team official to find out if that absolutely means there will only be four games where student discounted tickets but we spent the better part of our day yesterday in a pool. Sorry, we’re lazy. We’ll try to get word by Monday.
read on for a breakdown of the Penguins October schedule…
from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,
Every now and then, however, the NHL finds ways to show how it’s a little bit different.
The most recent example of that is the schedule, which actually shows an increase in travel for the teams, as opposed to the last couple of seasons.
But it does makes you wonder if the NHL realizes that jet fuel costs for its league teams totals something akin to the national budget of a Third World country, or California (same thing).
Apparently, some teams do realize it.
“Since 2006, fuel costs have doubled on our charter jets,” Comcast-Spectacor chief operating officer Peter Luukko said Wednesday, referring to the price of carrying the Flyers from Florida to Vancouver and all points in between.
“That’s a big jump in costs. That has a big effect on the budget, and this year we had to increase our scouting budget 25 percent. That’s directly attributable to fuel costs, because our scouts fly and drive all over the world.”
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Now, coming off a trip to the Stanley Cup final and with the roster apparently set, it’s time to take care of the coach in a fair and reasonable manner.
Therrien has one year remaining on his deal. The sides are negotiating an extension. He made $675,000 last season, well below the highest-paid NHL coaches, and is slated to make $750,000 this coming season. That still isn’t close to the best-paid men in his profession. Many are way past the $1 million mark….
So, what’s fair for Therrien, who still has worked only three NHL seasons start to finish but has enjoyed tremendous success over his two full years here?
A two-year extension worth around $1 million per season sounds right.
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