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Are Discounted Ticket Prices Good In The Long Run?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

“I’m terrified of giving away product,” said Mike Veeck, who owns and promotes six minor-league baseball franchises and is the son of the first promotional genius in that sport, the late Bill Veeck.

“If people are cutting prices, then maybe something is wrong with their original pricing structure,” Veeck said. “Fans get used to paying your discount in about 12 seconds. Then that becomes the norm and you have to pay tremendously to get them back.”

Hockey clubs need to emphasize service rather than slash prices, says David Carter, the executive director of the University of Southern California’s Sports Business Institute.

“It’s like the debate of whether people should pay for content on the Internet,” Carter said. “Once you release it for free, you can’t persuade anyone to pay.


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Afinogenov Still Struggling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Yes, Afinogenov can still take fans’ breath away. It’s just good they aren’t holding it in until he scores.

Afinogenov’s struggles continue, as the winger enters tonight’s game against Los Angeles in HSBC Arena in a slump that’s lasted for more than half a season. Since returning from a groin injury Feb. 29, Afinogenov has played in 43 games. His goal total in that span? Two. He has just one goal in 28 games this year.

“Every hockey player probably goes through some bad stuff,” Afinogenov said Thursday. “Right now it’s my turn, and I need to just get out from that and be strong. Do my job on the ice, and that’s it.”

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Buffalo Sabres, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: maxim+afinogenov

That’s What You Get When You Drive A Foreign Zamboni

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Zamboni’s arrived at the Winter Classic, at least one survived.

No truth the UAW sabotaged the ramp!

Thanks to readers who sent me the link and looking around the web, looks like the video originated at Going Five Hole.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: winter+classic

Islanders Defensive Style Is Risky

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

(Scott) Gordon’s system is based on an aggressive forecheck that encourages the defense to pinch in an effort to keep the puck in the offensive zone. But sometimes, as happened Saturday in Columbus, the opposing team gains control of the puck and throws it up the ice, sending their forwards off to the races while the Isles scramble to backcheck.

“Personally, I think it’s more of a risky type of game,” (Brendan) Witt said. “There’s a lot of odd-man rushes. But that’s the way he wants us to play, and until he decides he wants to change that, we’re going to play that way.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Islanders, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brendan+witt

Blue Jackets Feel They Won The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

When the puck bounced off Turco, then caromed off Malhotra’s skate and went into the net, the Blue Jackets came charging off the bench to celebrate. Both NHL officials—Stephane Auger and Kerry Fraser—had it as a goal on the ice.

And then the light went on in the official scorer’s booth between the penalty boxes.

read on and you decide, was the puck kicked-in…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: manny+malhotra

It’s All About The Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin followed his wallet instead of his heart. Good for him. Just one more mercenary the way pretty much professional athletes essentially are. They get it while they can, like most of us would….

The Rangers are going to lose any chance of competing for players who become available the rest of the year unless the general manager gets down to work and begins to create cap space for the rest of the season beyond the $1 million the Blueshirts now own.

Sundin went for the money. The Rangers didn’t have enough of it. Sather had better create cap space - and now - so that his team has enough of it when the next guy becomes available.


Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin

What A Save - Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

The only rule applicable to what occurred in Thursday night’s game is 26-4, which states that a goal will be awarded when, during a penalty shot, a shot is disrupted by a deliberately thrown stick. That is what the officials had to determine. They obviously determined Lightning goaltender Mike Smith threw his stick on Milan Hejduk’s shootout attempt. That gave the Avalanche a 1-0 win in the shootout and a 2-1 win in the game.

continued and you decide by watching the video.  This call is not reviewable, so instant reply was not used in the decision process.

from Adrian Dater of All Thing Avs,

I think it was a bad call, that Smith just dropped his stick after making a kinda-sorta save on Hedgie’s initial attempt.

read on

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  Tags: mike+smith

Finally It Is Over

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What a sham this has been, this three-penny opera….

For months, the hockey world has been consumed with speculation and conjecture about where Mats Sundin would land as though he was some god descending upon Mount Olympus with a lighting bolt in his hand instead of a hockey stick and a résumé chock full of holes.

The great Swede has been mythologized and courted and coveted; and now, mercifully, he is back, if for no other reason, so we can stop wondering which team will be blessed with his presence.

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t think I’d be comfortable calling any team a contender other than maybe San Jose and Detroit, because they won last year. What we want to do is get into the playoffs and win round by round. For me, it’s more the process of how the team plays and the integrity it plays with. I know we’ll get results if we play that way.

“I think Mats is a great player that joins a good group of players committed to winning. I think we’re a better team for sure but I’m not going to place that label (Stanley Cup contender) on any team.”

-Canucks GM Mike Gillis at the press conference announcing the Sundin signing.  More from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mats+sundin, mike+gillis

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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Have at it.

This is a biggie.  As big as they come in December.

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