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from the News Journal,
Frank Costa’s life seems pretty normal on the surface. He owns a small business, has a couple of kids, loves his new girlfriend.
But a closer look shows that he’s got a $70-a-week habit.
Frank Costa is a hockey junkie.
Costa can’t not play, not even for a day. Today will mark 730 consecutive days he has skated, stickhandled and shot a vulcanized rubber puck.
That’s two years without a single day off. Rink owners throughout the region open on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day, so Costa can keep his streak alive.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
News: NHL Board of Governors chairman Jeremy Jacobs says the Sabres need to raise ticket prices.
View: Yeah, that should be an easy sell, eh? The Clouseau-esque management in Buffalo bumbled away the team’s two top forwards to free agency shortly after failing to live up to high expectations in the playoffs. That’s the perfect time to ask the fans to dig a little deeper.
Thing is Jacobs, who doubles as the owner of Buffalo’s divisional rivals in Boston, is right. There’s still a waiting list for season tickets in Buffalo, and the team has built considerable goodwill over the past couple seasons. A minor price bump on top of what currently rank as the lowest prices in the league would be unlikely to eat away at that, and four bucks a ticket would generate an extra $3 million that could be used toward player procurement in the future.
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added 12:06pm, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News on the comments from Jacobs,
This man deserves a spot on Last Comic Standing. He’s been jacking up the cost of Bruins tickets for decades, and look what’s happened to them. If I were Sabres owner Thomas Golisano, I’d be doing the opposite of whatever Jacobs says.
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from the Calgary Sun,
“We’re trying to be more cutting edge than any other team in the National Hockey League to be successful.”
That Flames philosophy suits new head coach Mike Keenan just fine.
He’s been preaching the importance of physical fitness for years.
“It’s something that I’ve always stressed because it is measurable,” Keenan said. “It’s not the mental side of the game, where there’s a lot of variables we’re not certain about. This is an absolute.
“You have to come into camp and prepare yourself as a professional to really be able to utilize your skill set.”
With the summer campers ranging in age from 18-24, there are a few different ongoing levels of development.
from the Tennessean,
The next step in the sale of the Predators could come as early as today.
Sources familiar with the situation confirmed late Tuesday that current owner Craig Leipold and members of a Nashville group which has bid for the team will travel to New York this morning to meet with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
It is believed Leipold plans to sign a letter of intent to sell the Predators to either the local group or to California-based businessman William “Boots” Del Biaggio III.
fromAlan Adams of Sportsnet,
Why do NHLers keep trucking when either their time is up or the next hit they take might cause permanent damage?
This question is being posed here in light of the fact that Jeremy Roenick is waffling about whether to retire and Eric Lindros is looking for a team to play for in September.
We’re not dumping on either Lindros or Roenick here.
When they were in their prime, Lindros and Roenick were worth the price of admission. They could carry a team on their back - they each have at one time or another - and no one could question their leadership.
But that was then and this is now.
from the New York Observer,
But every time a hockey player moves away, the neighborhood’s overall burliness suffers an immense blow. Alas, recent retiree Brian Leetch, a high-scoring New York Rangers defenseman for more than 16 seasons, has sold his apartment at the Bromley on West 83rd Street for $3.718 million.
“We had a painter that came in,” Mr. Kirman said. “The first thing he said is, ‘It looks like an athlete lives here.’” The apartment’s 47-foot-wide living and dining room has a floor-to-ceiling waterfall, which the Leetch family “turned off because their kids figured out that it was fun to play with the water.”
from the NashvillePost.com,
Thursday’s rally to drive ticket sales for the Nashville Predators seems certain to draw legions of fans, but it may not have the desired effect in a critical area for the team – companies buying tickets.
Sources say that the all-day effort, which will be broadcast live on sports talk radio 104.5 The Zone, may be getting off the message that Nashville’s corporate community needs to step up more and buy the pricier tickets in the lower bowl….
As of today, season ticket sales were about 7,452. Last year, the final season ticket number was 8,758. Of current sales, 1,201 are new, according to figures obtained by NashvillePost.com. Of those, 467 are to businesses. That’s 38.9%, a little higher than the 35 percent of ticket sales last year to businesses, a good indicator that sales are moving in the direction the team has wanted for years.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Not only does the transaction clear cap space this year, but going forward as well. Cullen was slated to make $2.8 million a year through the 2009-2010 season, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
The space cleared will help the Rangers sign Sean Avery and Marcel Hossa, both of whom are headed to arbitration.
The extra elbow room may also allow Sather to possibly sign a veteran center like Michael Peca to slide into the third line center position.
Niedermayer’s agent, Kevin Epp told CKNW in Vancouver Tuesday that his All-Star client is still mulling things over.
“I think a decision will be made more near the end of the summer, before training camp begins in Anaheim,” he told the radio station. “I think he still has a lot of things to do here and a lot of things to think about. I think he’s going to wait until then, and he’ll make a decision before the NHL season begins.”
from the Hockey Hall of Fame,
The Stanley Cup arrived and was taken first to the Miller family home, where family and a few close friends ran their fingers over the engraved surface, pointing out friends, former teammates and heroes.
Drew took the Stanley Cup over to Sparrow Hospital and shared his victory with the children in the pediatrics ward. It wasn’t his first visit there by any means, as he regularly visited the youngsters while attending college as part of the Spartan Buddies program.
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