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The owner of an upscale Calgary restaurant is furious, claiming that Edmonton Oilers players refused to cover the full cost of a nearly $18,000 tab during a recent night out for team members.
Players were dining at Osteria De Medici, an upscale restaurant in northwest Calgary after their game against the Calgary Flames Thursday night.
Maurizio Terrigno, owner of the eatery, says the team was partying with a group of 45 people and ran up a huge bill, which included a bar tab worth close to $8,000.
added 6:55pm, from 630CHED,
After last night’s game in Calgary, the entire Oilers team went out for a pre-planned meal with their wives and girlfriends at the upscale, downtown eatery Osteria De Medici.
At the end of the night the players were presented with a bill for close to $19,000, a figure that struck them as being grossly inflated for what they consumed over their roughly 90 minute stay. The players, while still waiting at the restaurant, asked for the bill to be re-calculated at which point they were presented with a revised cheque for $12,381. The team paid for the bill with a credit card, and left.
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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
“We could do lots of these,” Bettman said. “But nobody is suggesting that is the right answer at this point.”
The NHL is planning to continue the tradition for now, and will begin next week to reviewing bids for next year’s game. The league is also looking at the possibility of a second game between two Canadian teams.
“But that’s not even a done deal yet,” Bettman said.
Here is a list of some of the American venues that USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen would like to see given the opportunity to host Winter Classics.
Yankee Stadium: Baseball stadiums seem to provide a more picturesque setting and there are multiple matchup possibilities. With John Tavares now on Long Island, a New York Rangers vs. Islanders matchup has appeal, as does Rangers vs. any Original Six team or Rangers vs. Flyers.
Michigan Stadium: Whenever the NHL wants to pack more than 100,000 into an arena for an outdoor game, they just have to announce the Toronto Maple Leafs will play the Red Wings in the Big House. There will be as many Maple Leafs fans as Red Wings fans. They will sell 110,000-plus tickets.
All the hype is over, now the puck drops between the Flyers and Bruins.
Enjoy the game!
Many of the NHL.com staffers are contributating to the Boston Baked Blog.
Keep up to date with everything going on at Fenway Park.
Also, the NHL Network is now live from Fenway until 12:30pm ET, then of course NBC, CBC & RDS take over at 1:00pm ET.
from Dirk Hoag of OnTheForecheck,
As the hockey world turns over the calendar to 2010, in anticipation of what should be a great Winter Classic game between Philadelphia and Boston today at Fenway Park, let’s take one last look back at 2009, shall we?
I’ve got combined NHL regular season standings for the calendar year, covering roughly the last half of last season and the first half of the current one. How did your favorite team fare?
from Ryan Lambert of PuckDaddy,
Shawn Thornton knew the question was coming.
“Oh God,” he sighed, obviously exasperated, “here we go.”
No, there has never been a fight in a Winter Classic, or the Heritage Classic for that matter. No, there’s never even been anything approaching a dustup. The closest anyone has gotten is a pair of matching roughing penalties in the Heritage Classic between Francis Boullion and Jason Chimera. It was real exciting stuff.
So hockey fans are waiting for that historic first fight. And the media talks about it. Dan Carcillo said his team wasn’t ignorant to the talk. But that doesn’t mean players are making plans to fight like it’s seventh grade meeting by the flagpole at recess.
“I don’t know,” said Thornton. “I honestly have never gone into a hockey game thinking about fighting. This is no different. I mean, you guys can ask because it’s kind of one of my roles, but other than you guys bringing it up, I don’t think about it.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
The Alex Ovechkin-led Capitals were a finalist for this year’s game, but concerns from NBC about Washington’s television ratings and countless other scheduling complications derailed those plans.
Boudreau and the Capitals might not have to wait much longer, though. A league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed Thursday that Washington is the NHL’s strongest candidate to participate in the fourth annual game next New Year’s Day.
“The league will be looking to work around the Capitals to get them into this game,” said the source, who requested anonymity because league executives have not yet begun formal discussions for the 2011 Winter Classic.
Those talks will begin in earnest after the Olympic break in February, but the Capitals have plenty of reason to feel confident about their chances.
from Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province,
Rick Rypien may have won the fight, but his team came out on the losing end of his scuffle with Blues Cam Janssen midway through the first period.
Rypien was given a five minute match penalty in addition to the coincidental fighting majors assessed to both players for the tape he had around his right wrist and thumb….
“We got put in a very tough position by that major penalty. In my opinion it was not the right call,” said Vigneault.
“The call clearly states that there has to be a cut. There was no cut. There’s a broken nose. The tape was on Ripper’s right hand, he threw punches with his left, got him good a couple of times, broke his nose, that’s not a cut. I thought the interpretation of that was wrong and it put us behind the eight-ball there.”
First the goal…
Anderrson talks about the goal…
“We were playing three-quarter-ice hockey. Bring it out, bring it up, give it to them, come back in our zone, play like hell for a while, and if we get it out, make a quick change and put another set out that takes it up, turns it over and goes back to its end.
-Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn after losing to the Flames. More from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.
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