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Wooing the Fans

from the Mercury News,

A free autographed puck to one fan every time Dallas scores at home. A Luc Robitaille-signed jersey to season-ticket holders in Los Angeles. Dollar hot dogs in Nashville. A barbecue with the Bruins in Boston. Five-hundred free tickets to each of 15 Tuesday night games in Montreal. Sacre bleu! NHL teams are romancing their fans. Hey, Tampa Bay's season-ticket holders even get a re-engagement ring -- a replica of the one Lightning players earned for winning the 2004 Stanley Cup. It's all part of each team's marketing effort after the first work stoppage in history to wipe out an entire pro sports season. Each franchise devised its own strategy, and most started with a rollback in ticket prices. The Sharks are among the teams that lowered prices, an average of 10 percent for season tickets and 6.5 percent for single games. But beyond that, they've been relatively quiet while other teams have announced a host of giveaways, gimmicks and special events. ``Some teams may make more of a quick splash,'' said Malcolm Bordelon, the Sharks' executive vice president of business operations. ``Our preference is to spread it throughout the year.'' Still, it won't be business as usual on opening night.

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Hockey Hall of Fame a Dream

from Town Online,

With hockey being a huge part of my family, I was invited on a trip to Toronto two weeks ago to see the Hockey Hall of Fame. Soon enough, my bags were packed and I was on my way up north. Having never been to a Hall of Fame before, I had no idea of what to expect. With all the traveling done, I was finally in Toronto. We had gotten to our campsite outside the city around 9 p.m. and had to wait another day to go to the Hall of Fame. The night passed and we headed to the city the next day at around 3:45. Using public transportation and our "great navigational skills" we had arrived at the Hall of Fame at 5.

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Sens Running Out of Cap Room

from the Ottawa Citizen,

With Marian Hossa's potentially expensive arbitration hearing less than a week away, the Ottawa Senators have good reason to be nervous. They're running out of room under the $39-million U.S. salary cap. For the 17 players who will definitely be in NHL uniforms this fall, they already have $31,054,400 committed.

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Bertuzzi Feared For His Family

from the National Post,

Todd Bertuzzi says he has never wanted out of Vancouver, because he has built some things in this city -- his relationship with the fans, his relationship with Markus Naslund and his reputation as one of the NHL's best players -- that he could never replace. But during the worst of it, when the world was closing in around him after March 8, 2004, -- after the punch from behind on Steve Moore had led to what would be a 17-month, 20-game suspension -- Bertuzzi wondered if he could ever come back to Vancouver or if things would ever be the same.

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Carolina Wants to Sell Seats

from the News & Observer,

With its entire building almost sold out on season tickets alone, the Tampa Bay Lightning will hold a lottery for the final 1,000 tickets for its Oct. 5 opening game against the Carolina Hurricanes -- just to make sure a few tickets are available to the general public to see the Lightning raise its Stanley Cup banner. For the Hurricanes' home opener two days later against the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Canes are offering a two-for-one deal on blocks of 20 tickets or more to sponsors and community groups. It's one of a number of promotions by the hockey team, which is trying to rebuild its fan base and generate ticket sales after the NHL lockout wiped out the 2004-05 season. "We'd love to have more activity, but the activity is very strong," Hurricanes vice president Matt West said. Jim Rutherford, the team's president and general manager, would say only that ticket sales have been "very consistent for the last six weeks."

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Too Much for Mogilny

from the Toronto Star,

The numbers are eye-popping. A whopping $7 million (all figures U.S.) for Alexander Mogilny. That's $3.5 million for each year of a new contract with the Devils or $3.5 million for each recent hip surgery. But New Jersey general manager Lou Lamoriello, never known for his largesse, is so confident he paid the the former Leafs' sniper properly, he even went over the NHL's $39 million salary cap to do it. "For what I feel we're going to get in return, yes (we're comfortable with Mogilny's contract terms)," he said yesterday from New Jersey. "We'll know better a year from now." "We're very comfortable that he's 100 per cent healthy and we felt that when Alex is 100 per cent healthy, there's things that he can do that other people can't."

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Redden Wants to Stay in Ottawa

from the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators aren't trying to trade Wade Redden -- they're trying to keep him. Internet and published reports that said the defenceman was on the trading block were described as ''stupid'' by an NHL source yesterday. And Redden confirmed last night that the Senators have approached his agent, Don Meehan, about a contract extension.

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Will Messier Play

via the Toronto Sun,

Will Mark Messier's No. 11 be retired by the Edmonton Oilers -- or will he wear it for an NHL record-tying 26th season? There are plenty of sentimentalists in Alberta who want to see Messier end his National Hockey League career where it began in 1979. The Oilers are not pushing or really pursuing the idea, having made big off-season moves in an effort to get back in the playoffs, but it's believed general manager Kevin Lowe will not turn down the 44-year-old Messier's request to tie Gordie Howe's longevity mark. He would have to accept a low-profile role. The problem is that Messier hasn't publically committed to either the Oilers or the New York Rangers after dropping hints he was retiring after 2003-04.

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Thibault Facing Pressure

from the Tribune-Review,

The Penguins will score their share of goals this season. However, if they hope to prevent enough goals to make the playoffs, Thibault will have to go to work. Of course, if Thibault works in Pittsburgh the way he did the past five seasons in Chicago -- specifically, start 50 or so games in goal and stop the majority of pucks sent his way -- then Pittsburgh might play host to its first Stanley Cup playoff game since 2001. No pressure, though. "Kind of, but it's a kind of pressure I'm looking forward to, for sure," Thibault said Wednesday, the second of two successful house-hunting days he spent in Pittsburgh. "It seems like the Penguins are really trying to win this year, and it's been a while since I've been in an exciting environment like I am now.

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Goodbye ESPN

from Media Week,

ESPN has declined to match a bid by Comcast's Outdoor Life Network for the cable TV rights to air National Hockey League games under a new contract, meaning OLN, whose offer had already received approval by the NHL board of governors, will win the agreement. ESPN announced its intention not to exercise its right to match the deal just hours before the midnight deadline. OLN bid a guaranteed $135 million for the first two years, and another $72.5 million for a third option year, according to sources. ESPN in late May had opted out of the final year of its TV rights deal ithat would have required it to pay the NHL $60 million for the right to air games the upcoming season, but retained its right to match any offer from another network.

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