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A few pre-season thoughts

A few thoughts regarding the pre-season on a sunny Sunday afternoon. And these are general thoughts, not Habs-centric.

1) Head shots and suspensions: I see that Brad Boyes has been suspended for pre-season games. Folks, this is the equivalent of me not having to go to work this week and getting paid ridiculous money to do so. Here’s an idea: any intent to injury or headshot suspensions during the pre-season that results in a suspension must result in a regular season suspension, not a pre-season or combination pre-season/regular season suspension. Wouldn’t that deter much more than being told you get a few days off?

2) Ticket pricing: Am I the only person semi-ticked off by regular season pricing during the pre-season? The fact that half the players are non-NHLers, that’s one thing. But the games aren’t even operated according to regular-season specifications. For example, there’s no video review. None. Why are people being charged top dollar to watch a product that is admittedly not the real deal? Reeks of a money grab to me. Has for years, had to say it here.

3) It’s really, really good to see the Winnipeg Jets back in the NHL. I get chills watching the highlights. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s game from Newfoundland.

And that, folks, is it. Back to the sun, my book, and then some Habs-Bruins from Halifax. Can’t beat that on a Sunday in September.

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I totally disagree with your stance on pre-season ticket prices.

I can’t believe we are only charged regular season prices to watch glorified minor league games. This is unbelievable. The fact that some of these players will never be seen in these rinks again means that these games are exclusive engagements that we only have one chance to see. We should be charged double price for the privilege of this experience. Please take my money billionaire owners. I have so little and I can tell you are truly in need.

Posted by BlackXinu on 09/25/11 at 07:30 PM ET

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Totally agree with you here.  #1 is exactly how I feel.  Darn, he doesn’t get to play in pre-season games.  On that team, he’s pretty much guaranteed a spot this year so has little to prove to the coaching staff.  Pre-season suspensions are useless unless it comes with some regular season removal as well.

#2, although it’s sometimes annoying, if people are going to go to games at regular season prices and sellout, why wouldn’t the team do it?  It is a business after all.  Demand’s there, do it.  Although if it’s not there, cheaper tickets would probably work better for the team.

#3- I’m also excited!  Getting tickets for preseason and regular season games are extremely hard to come by.  If I get into two games this year, I’ll be pleasantly surprised

Posted by Matt Fry from Winnipeg on 09/26/11 at 12:53 PM ET


Because of this suspension, Boyes will have “repeat offender” status if he ever does something like that. First-time offenders get some leniency. And status as previous offender is worse than one or two regular season games off (yes, if he was suspended for regular season games, he would still have the same status, but here change of status is greater penalty than suspension itself).

Posted by Davor on 09/27/11 at 06:28 PM ET

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

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