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from CTV News,
Fans hoping to watch the Vancouver Canucks take on the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 Heritage Classic are facing heftier-than-expected ticket prices.
Tickets for the annual outdoor game, which will take place at the 55,000-seat BC Place, range from almost $100 to more than $300.
The average ticket price for a regular Canucks game at Rogers Arena, which seats almost 19,000, is $80, according to Forbes.
NEW YORK (July 10, 2013) – The Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic™ will return to the regular-season schedule next season when the Vancouver Canucks face off against the Ottawa Senators at BC Place in Vancouver on Sunday, March 2, the National Hockey League announced today. The Canucks become the first NHL® team to host a game in a retractable-roof facility and just the third Canadian NHL team to host a regular-season game outdoors, following the Edmonton Oilers in 2003 and Calgary Flames in 2011.
from David Reevely of the Ottawa Citizen,
Slapped by an overwhelming city hall vote against his plans to build a casino at his Kanata hockey arena, Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said he won’t be able to invest any more deeply in the team or in the city.
He’s already been stymied in his effort to turn the newly rechristened Canadian Tire Centre into a hub for major-league soccer as well as hockey. With a 10-1 vote by city council’s finance committee to end his casino dream by telling the provincial government that Ottawa only wants a new casino at the Rideau Carleton Raceway on Albion Road, Melnyk’s been thwarted a second time.
“There is no Plan C,” Melnyk said just before the vote. He flew to Ottawa Tuesday morning and pulled up to City Hall in a black Cadillac Escalade, Senators president Cyril Leeder and right-hand man Ken Villazor at his side, to make his unsuccessful pitch.
The Senators lose money as a hockey operation, Melnyk said (“If you heard a number, it would be staggering,” he said); although his Ottawa entertainment empire makes some money off concerts as well, that’s not the business it used to be. He’s set a $50-million cap on player salaries and can’t afford to spend more, retooling the team into a young, inexpensive one that’ll need some luck to win consistently.
via Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators have answered their desire for a veteran defenceman with a blast from the past.
The team has come to terms with Joe Corvo, an unrestricted free agent who played for Ottawa from 2006-2008. Corvo, who scored six goals and 11 assists in 40 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, was signed to a one-year deal.
He is being pencilled in as a No. 6 or No. 7 defenceman with the Senators.
The 36-year old Corvo has defensive shortcomings. He was nicknamed "Uh Oh Corvo" last time he was in Ottawa. But he also is a good skater with a hard shot.
The Senators didn’t lack appreciation for Alfredsson. Go to ottawasenators.com and the first thing you see is a “Thank you” page, very classy considering the circumstances. But, it shows how careful you have to be. For just one moment, they slipped. It will never be the same.
After the Bobby Ryan trade, you can debate if the Senators or the Red Wings are the truer contender. But there is one thing you can’t debate: this should never have happened.
-Elliotte Friedman of CBC where you can read more on the Senators/Alfredsson debate...
A Stanley Cup ring is a shiny, mesmerizing thing. Alfredsson decided that with his time winding he had to make a drastic, bold move to take one last swipe at it.
Good luck to him. No matter what happens from here, his career will never be the same.
-Michael Grange of Sportsnet on Daniel Alfredsson leaving Ottawa to sign with Detroit. More from Grange on Alfredsson.
from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,
Bryan Murray doesn’t understand all the commotion surrounding Daniel Alfredsson.
From the general manager’s perspective, he doesn’t buy into the speculation that the captain of the Ottawa Senators will be moving on to another team via free agency this week.
“I guess it’s the big issue in town. I didn’t realize it was that big an issue because we’re going to get it done, I assume,” Murray said on Thursday.
In the past 48 hours, stories have circulated that other teams are targeting Alfredsson as a potential free agent.
Several teams — including the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks — have reportedly held discussions with Alfredsson since teams are now allowed to negotiate with unrestricted free agents.
added 3:43pm, via the AftonBladet (rough translation),
Daniel Alfredsson stated some time ago that there will be a 18th and final season in the NHL for him and he still hunting a Stanley Cup ring in his collection.
Most (or?) suggests that Alfredsson will sign a new contract with Ottawa shortly but in an interview with GT hour before the window tells him that he has an open mind and are ready to listen to all the commandments.
- Now I have not talked to my agent today, but we assume that more clubs will hear of it, says Alfredsson to GT.
Alfredsson confirms that there are ongoing discussions with Ottawa about an extension.
- First State is negotiating with Ottawa then we will see what becomes of it.
via Chris Lund of OttawaSenators.com,
The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Paul MacLean to a three-year contract extension. The 2013 Jack Adams winner signed a three-year deal when he was hired as head coach of the Sens on June 14, 2011. The new deal will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 NHL season.
In his two season with the Senators, MacLean has coached the team to a 66-48-16 record (a .592 win percentage) and has been a finalist for the Jack Adams award as NHL Coach of the Year twice, winning his first this past June. The Sens have made the playoffs both seasons, winning their 2013 first round matchup as a seven seed over the No. 2 Montreal Canadiens in five games.
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