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Paying For Tickets In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jesse Lawrence at Forbes,

According to TiqIQ, the season average for Blackhawks tickets at the United Center is currently $262.32 on the secondary market. This marks an 12% increase from last year’s season average of $234.43. The significant increase in ticket price on the secondary market comes on the heels of the team’s Western Conference Final appearance last season, though the Blackhawks ultimately fell to the Los Angeles Kings in seven games. The Blackhawks won 46 games last season, the most wins in a single season since 2009-10, despite a franchise-record 15 overtime losses. In the lockout-shortened season of 2012-13, the average secondary market price for Blackhawks tickets was $237.38 in 24 home games, marking a 10.5% jump in price for the upcoming season in comparison to 36-7-5 season the Blackhawks had two years ago. The Blackhawks also have the highest average price for any American NHL franchise this season on the secondary market.

The Blackhawks will host their most expensive home game of the season against the Detroit Red Wings on February 18. The current average price of Blackhawks vs Red Wings tickets is $333.60 on the secondary market, 27% above the season average.

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Red Wings afternoon news: Wings-Pens talk, on Backman, Smith & looking back at the prospect tourney

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated 2x at 3:58 PM: If it's okay with you, I'm going to searate the "Morning Skate in the Afternoon" post (Wings vs. Pens, tonight at 7 PM EDT on WPCW or mysterious quasi-legal streams) on its own and start a what-will-be-updated afternoon news post.

1. I guess first and foremost, I'm surprised that nobody jumped all over the dang fact that the Red Wings' player releases and prospect returns to Major Junior Teams didn't include one Joe Hicketts. The 5'8" Victoria Royals defenseman wasn't at practice today and he wasn't visible off the ice, so who knows what exactly is going on, but the Wings would have to sign him to an amateur try-out for him to take part in games and an NHL contract to ensure that he doesn't end up in the 2015 draft, so...Cross your fingers for Joe and the Wings.

2. The Wings are indeed taking a solid lineup to Pittsburgh tonight, but as the Free Press's Helene St. James notes, Wings coach Mike Babcock wasn't exactly backing off his, "We'll wait and see" stance regarding younger players stepping up:

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Red Wings-Penguins morning skate in the afternoon practice notes and interviews

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated with Pens stuff at 2:31 PM: he Red Wings' players engaged in a morning skate ahead of tonight's game against Pittsburgh (7 PM on WPCW in Pittsburgh) and a practice for the non-game-day players (and FYI if you're here on Tuesday: the morning skate is from 10:30-11:15, there's a practice from 12:15-12:45, and Babcock changes rinks at the last second, so the game-day skate might take place in the West Rink as it did today).

The morning skate was partiuclarly interesting as the team didn't just ice tonight's already-listed lineup (that and Tony Granato used a laser pointer during the 15-minute pre-skate video session):

That's a little different than tonight's announced lineup, per MLive's Ansar Khan:

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Video- Gary Bettman On Expansion

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Gary Bettman and George Strompolos were at the Canadian Club of Toronto today and discussed numerous topics including expansion.

You can watch more videos on different topics today at Sportsnet's YouTube page.

 

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Still A Standstill Between Ryan Johansen And The Blue Jackets

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Where it stood as of Monday morning: The Jackets still want their leading scorer back at around $3 million a season over two years. It’s been their stance for a long time when it comes to a two-year deal, and it’s believed Overhardt came down last Thursday from the $6 million plus a year he originally asked for to less than $5 million per year. Overhardt would not comment on that information but a source confirmed it to ESPN.com.

But it’s still a standstill. Neither side appears to be wilting one bit.

The Jackets believe they can overcome the loss of Johansen. After all, they got almost nothing from either Nathan Horton or Marian Gaborik (before he was traded) last season and still made the playoffs. So there’s a strong, team-first belief in Columbus that no matter which player is missing, they can overcome it.

Perhaps. 

more plus the Ottawa Senators' goaltending battle...

added 1:20pm,

 

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NHL Live Back For Another Season

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via NHL.com,

Hockey is back and so is NHL Live, which kicks off another season Monday at 5 p.m. ET from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in New York City.

NHL training camps are under way, and Steve Mears and EJ Hradek will commence their daily season previews with a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks. NHL Network insider Darren Dreger also joins the show with the latest news from around the League, including the status of unsigned restricted free agents.

The Anaheim Ducks are among the projected top contenders for the Stanley Cup. NHL Live welcomes coach Bruce Boudreau to discuss what's ahead for a recalibrated Ducks team that bulked up at center with the addition of Ryan Kesler.

Remember to submit your #AskEJ questions all season long to @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, and join the conversation on Twitter as we ask your opinion on some hot topics around the NHL.

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Canada Is Glad Hockey Is Back

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from Michael Babad of the Globe and Mail,

“The opening of National Hockey League training camps … will be welcomed by a range of Canadian businesses including stadiums, bars and clothing retailers,” associate economist Alexander Lowy said in a weekly report on Canada by Moody’s Analytics, a sister company to the well-known ratings agency.

“Canada’s favourite professional sport often has a measurable impact on economic activity,” he said, noting part-time employment as arenas hire, and the boost for food and shelter as “fans gather in bars and restaurants” to take in the games.

In Canada, the total output in sports and performing arts is “particularly tied” to hockey, Mr. Lowy said.

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Peter Karmanos Looking For An Investor With $420M For The Hurricanes

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from Rick Westhead of TSN,

Peter Karmanos, one of the most venerable team owners in the NHL, is looking for someone to succeed him as owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Karmanos has hired New York investment bank Allen & Co. to help him find an investor who would be willing to commit "hundreds of millions of dollars into the team but let me control it," he told TSN.

Karmanos said he wants to partner with an investor who would buy out his interest in the team over time. Karmanos said he is seeking an investor who would value his team at $420 million or more.

"What I am trying to do is set up a reasonable succession plan because I'm not one of those guys who thinks I am going to go on forever," Karmanos said in an interview. "I'd like to have a partner again...but someone will have to pay dearly for it. (The Hurricanes are) a valuable franchise despite what some of your folk in Canada say about them. I don't see a basketball or baseball or football team coming here. We're going to be the lone ranger here (in Raleigh) for quite some time."

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Wings Send 5 Players To Juniors

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today returned forwards Tyler Bertuzzi, Zach Nastasiuk, Dominic Turgeon, and defensemen Marc McNulty and Mitchell Wheaton to their respective junior teams. Additionally, the team released forwards Blake Clarke, Hayden Hodgson, Darby Llewellyn, Brandon Robinson and Jerome Verrier; defenseman Ty Stanton; and goaltender Lucas Peressini.

The Red Wings’ roster now sits at 55 players, as the team heads into its first of eight preseason games tonight (Monday) in Pittsburgh at 7:00 p.m.  

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Young Avalanche Players Learning From Patrick Roy

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

“Yeah, it was different (than he’d expected),” rookie of the year Nathan MacKinnon acknowledged.

“I didn’t realize how smart he’d be. I know he was passionate, very competitive, but he understands the game so well. Everything he does there’s a reason behind it,” MacKinnon told ESPN.com.

“He doesn’t just bark at guys. He’s always thinking. It’s only my second season but I’m sure he’s one of the most progressive coaches in the league,” MacKinnon said.

Young Avs captain Gabe Landeskog admitted he, too, wasn’t sure what to expect from the legendary goaltender turned coach.

“I think it surprised me, you always get the questions is he yelling at you, is he all fired up every game and all this stuff. I think to a lot of people (with the team) he’s surprisingly calm. He’s very smart in the way he interacts with his players whether it’s between periods or after games or before games he’s very calm and he’s able to look at the big picture. He’s emotional yes, but he’s smart about it,” Landeskog said in an interview. 

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