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Wings Adjust Ticket Prices

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

If you’re a Red Wings season-ticket holder, you’ll likely be receiving renewal information today….

A total of 1,869 tickets for seats in the upper bowl, which were priced at $44, have dropped to $33, while some $54 seats have gone down to $44.

And the first three rows off the ice in the lower bowl, which were $85 last season, have gone up to $125 (although the Wings stress they’re still the second-least-expensive such ticket in the league).

Steve Violetta, the Red Wings’ senior vice president of business affairs, said the opportunity to lock in to last season’s prices has existed since February, when the team began selling playoff ticket packages.

Violetta said renewals had been running at about 60 percent through the playoffs.

read on

Season ticket renewals at 60%?  That has to be a red-flag for the Wings organization.  The Sabres announced yesterday their renewals are at 97%.

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Best Of…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The events of the past four weeks will best be gauged a few seasons down the road. For now, The Dispatch offers this analysis of the proceedings:...

Best bargains

1. Andrew Brunette, LW, Minnesota—A 70-point player with sniper skills, making $2.5 million the next two seasons and $2 million in 2010-11.

2. Niklas Hagman, LW, Dallas—An in-your-face player with lots of upside and a deceptive scoring touch, he’s coming off a 27-goal season. He’ll get $3 million annually the next four seasons.

3. Cory Stillman, LW, Florida—A 20-goal scorer with a great touch on the power play. He’ll make about $3.6 million per season.

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Feelings On Radulov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of Chilling Out at the Tennessean,

What does it say about a player’s character when he knowingly skips out on a contract that he signed?

But there are more factors to consider.

One, of course, is Radulov’s personality. He is at times full of energy and enthusiasm, but can also be impatient, immature and easily influenced. Sound a little bit like a child? Bingo. It’s easy to see him rushing into a decision he might later regret.

That’s not to say he gets a free pass for turning his back on a commitment to the Predators. He’s 22 years of age, more than old enough to know the responsibility that comes with a signed contract.

The other factor? It’s Radulov’s talent, which is considerable.

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Snow Has The ‘Hammer’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The Islanders’ so-called “Committee” is dead. When it became obvious in the middle of last season that the decision-making process was too cumbersome, owner Charles Wang stepped in and clarified the lines of authority, placing general manager Garth Snow in clear control atop the hockey operations pyramid.

There was no formal announcement, but the change obviously freed Snow to act more decisively, as he did on Monday when he told coach Ted Nolan his services no longer were required. It was obvious during the draft and free-agent signings this summer that Nolan already had been rendered powerless regarding personnel decisions, while Snow felt sufficiently empowered to execute his aggressive draft strategy, trading down twice in the first round and amassing 13 picks.

continued

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  Tags: garth+snow

Imagine How They Feel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

Imagine how the good people of Nashville must be feeling about hockey this morning.

The diehards heartbroken because they have once again been played for suckers.

The politicians relieved that, thanks to Del Biaggio’s financial implosion, they may have just dodged an extremely expensive bullet.

The local investors wondering where they can possibly find the money to operate without losing their shirts in a league in which — thanks to rising revenues elsewhere, especially in Canada, but certainly not in Nashville — spending even to the salary floor becomes ever harder to justify.

Everyone else, wildly cynical about the whole enterprise, and amazed that a “major league” sport could ever do business like this.

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Winter Classic Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune via the Santa Barbara Press,

It will become officially official Wednesday: The NHL will award the 2009 Winter Classic to the Blackhawks, who will play host to Detroit at Wrigley Field on Jan. 1, according to an industry source.

For weeks it has been believed Chicago would land the outdoor game. About the only mystery has been when the puck would drop. It will be at noon, and NBC will televise the game.

continued

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Canes Thinking Of Bringing Jeff O’Neill Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Monday’s re-signings of three players for Albany (AHL) more or less completed the restocking of the River Rats, but the Canes would still like to add one more center for organizational depth.

One name under consideration? Jeff O’Neill.

Yes, that Jeff O’Neill.

The Canes have talked to O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, Rutherford said, but both are holding out for one-way contracts.

continued

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  Tags: jeff+o'neill

XM Radio—Free Trial

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

XM Radio’s free 7-day online trial* now includes NHL Home Ice, which is a very nice upgrade.

imageThe puck drops every day on the world’s fastest sport. Listen to the action on NHL Home Ice - XM 204, the world’s first hockey channel. Delivering a high energy mix of information and entertainment, NHL Home Ice is the on-ice leader for fans across North America with analysis, excitement, up-to-the-second news…

Just go to XM Radio.com or XM Radio.ca (for Canadians) to sign up. Once you’ve registered and activated your account, go to the “Sports” tab on the player, and you’ll see NHL Home Ice (XM 204) available on the list below.

Note:  I’m not certain of the reason, but the trial that appeared for me on the Canada link was a 7 day trial; Paul’s—going through the .com address—was for 3 days.

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  Tags: media, xm+radio

Avs Sign Two

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Colorado Avalanche,

Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forwards Cody McCormick and Brian Willsie each to a one-year contract.

continued

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Hanzal Facing Back Surgery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Phoenix Coyotes,

Coyotes center Martin Hanzal is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday morning to repair a herniated disk in his back.

By having the procedure done now, back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins believes Hanzal, 21, will have enough time to rehabilitate and be ready for the start of training camp in mid-September.

continued

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  Tags: martin+hanzal

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