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Hot Tickets In Winnipeg

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Brodbeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

So, how hot are Winnipeg Jets tickets for the team’s inaugural season in the reseller’s market? Sizzling hot.

Try $3,280 for a lower-deck seat for the home opener against the Montreal Canadiens on the popular ticket reseller site Stubhub.com. And yes, that’s for one seat in the 100-level.

A pair of these puppies for the opening game will run you $6,560. Ouch. The cheapest ticket on StubHub for that game is $844 in the upper decks. Yes, one ticket.

Ticket prices for Jets home games drop off markedly after that.

But even the priciest ticket for the second home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 17 is fetching $1,095. The lowest-priced ticket for that match-up — which could feature superstar Sidney Crosby if he’s recovered from concussion symptoms by then — is $282.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

As for bringing James Wisnewski back, it’s a luxury the Canadiens can’t afford. He’s one of the prizes in this year’s free-agent sweepstakes and the bar has been set high after Carolina gave Joni Pitkanen a three-year deal worth $13.5 million. The Wiz is a gritty player, he’s great in the room and he performs on the power play. But his defence is spotty and, while his offensive numbers may convince someone that he’s a thoroughbred, he’s more of a one-trick pony.

-Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette.

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Report- How Does This Sound?  4 Years, $12 Million For Kopecky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Another #NHL jackpot winner in the state Florida. #Panthers who acquired Tomas Kopecky for a draft pick agrees to a 4 year/ 12M deal.

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Report- Now Drury Will Be Bought Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The buyout ending Chris Drury’s career as a Ranger will become official today, The Post has learned.

The 34-year-old who played four seasons on Broadway, the last three of them as team captain, will become an unrestricted free agent after deciding against applying for a medical exception due to a left knee condition.

It is believed Drury, who would have received the full $5 million due for the final season of his five-year, $35.25 million contract had he been declared medically unable to perform as opposed to the $3.333 million he will collect on the buyout, will seek to continue his career, perhaps in Buffalo, from whence he came on July 1, 2007.

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Red Wings overnight report: On civility and Mark Howe’s overdue Hockey Hall of Fame induction

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Red Wings fans don’t do uncertainty well. Between the thinning free agent market, Jaromir Jagr’s increasingly likely status as a marquee player who’s saying, “No, thanks” to an offer from Detroit (which almost never happens), the uncertainty as to whether Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves or Drew Miller will return and the fact that, put bluntly, there are two days until free agency and we’re all antsier than kids on the last day of school, the Malik Report’s comment section has turned into something of a war zone.

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Next CBA negotiations might pit big-market owner versus small-market owner

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So we understand that it’s the salary cap’s “floor,” not its ceiling, that’s pushing smaller-market teams into the red—and the $15 million gap between the “floor” and “upper limit” was Gary Bettman’s idea to foist parity upon the NHL, as a sort of bonus in the NHL’s dream CBA that was supposed to fix every team’s financial problems—and after a weekend’s worth of discussion as to whether the NHLPA will bear the burden of smaller-market teams’ desire to witness the a significant market “correction” in terms of the players’ share of wages and actual player salaries, the Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts offers the other side of the coin: if there is to be another lockout, Bettman will have a hard time selling it to the Board of Governors as owners are now splintered.

Via a salary cap determined by league-wide revenues, big-market teams are both making more money than they did prior to the lockout and are being demanded to toss large revenue-sharing checks and up to half of their playoff ticket sales to float the smaller-market teams—and the checks are blank ones—and the bigger-market teams feel that there’s no need to stage a lockout to screw themselves out of good business for their weaker sisters’ sakes:

Those familiar with the league’s finances say a lockout is possible since new NHLPA leader Donald Fehr is not likely to preside over a huge decrease in the players’ share of the revenue. But a more important negotiation may lie ahead. That would be a discussion between the big-market teams and the small-market teams about a more equitable way to cut up the revenue pie. That is not likely to be a pleasant discussion.

A big-market governor scoffed at the idea. He said a lot of the poorer teams don’t run their businesses well, and besides, it’s the big boys who pull in the money. NBC laid out only $2-billion over 10 years for a U.S. television contract because it wants lots of the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings on the schedule, not the Predators and Blue Jackets. But, the governor said, the little guys still get an equal share of the $200-million a year NBC is paying.

He had some other examples, too, but the point was clear – if labour peace depends on large-market largesse, forget it.

Continued with “other examples” as to why the cap floor has pushed many small-market teams into operating loss territory…

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Red Wings trying to retain their own free agents-to-be as UFA day approaches, market thins

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

So Brooks Laich is off the market after signing for crazy money with Washington, the rising cap means that the Hurricanes could afford to re-sign Joni Pitkanen, as Yahoo Sports’ Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski suggests, the Islanders have two days to try to convince Christian Ehrhoff that a gigantic payday makes playing for Garth Snow and Charles Wang worthwhile—as opposed to, say, taking $4.5 million to play for the Red Wings, which James Wisniewski might find appealing—and barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jaromir Jagr’s going to choose to play for Pittsburgh, not Detroit.

The strangest unrestricted free agent market’s thinner than the wisps of hair on my head when I was 19 (good riddance), the Red Wings will have serious-arse competition for the two or three top-flight defensemen available on Friday and, for the first time in a long time, a marquee player in his late 30’s is telling Detroit, “Thanks, but there’s somewhere else I’d rather play.”

So what are the Red Wings doing while they wait for Friday? First and foremost, according to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Wings are trying to keep Jonathan Ericsson, Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller in the fold...

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The Red Wings and Penguins hope ‘Jagr Watch’ will end on Wednesday

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Well that’s that. The Red Wings have offered Jaromir Jagr a contract, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Dave Molinari reports that the Penguins have done the same:

General manager Ray Shero offered Jagr a one-year deal Tuesday and said he believes he will find out today whether Jagr agrees to it.

“[Today] is decision day,” Shero said. “We’ll see what he does. ... He’s got all the information he needs from us [to make up his mind].”

Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, could not be reached for comment last evening, but suggested earlier in the day that he also believed Jagr’s status for the 2011-12 season could be resolved today. Svoboda was expected to consult with Jagr Tuesday night, laying out the options that have emerged since Jagr went public with his desire to return to the NHL. It is not known whether any other team has made a proposal, although the Detroit Red Wings publicly have expressed interest in Jagr and at least one other team, believed to be Montreal, is purported to have contemplated pursuing him.

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Cole Wants To See His Value On The UFA Market

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now,

Canes forward Erik Cole does appear headed to free agency on Friday.

Cole’s agent, Steve Bartlett, confirmed today that Cole would like to test his market value at age 32 and explore what teams might be interested in signing him.

“Erik wants to see what the options are on July 1st,” Bartlett said via email. “That is in no way a slam on the Hurricanes or his appreciation of the role they have played in his career. He has never really explored free agency in his career and feels that he is at the age when it makes sense to see all offers before deciding on what he wants to do.”

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Vancouver Trades Ehrhoff’s Rights To The Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

VAN trades Christian Ehrhoff’s negotiating rights to NYI for a 4th round pick.

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