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Old 06-28-17, 03:14 PM   #126
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Spades, you get to see Crosby, McDavid, Kane, and Ovechkin
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Old 06-28-17, 03:31 PM   #127
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Spades, you get to see Crosby, McDavid, Kane, and Ovechkin
Good point. Plus Kings in the first game the team plays in the Arena and the Ducks. Maybe I will go for that and sell the St Louis tickets or give them to my in-laws.
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Old 06-28-17, 04:33 PM   #128
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Talk of an extension for McDavid for 8 years at an AAV of over $13 million. Draisaitl could get similar years at $9 million a season.
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Old 06-28-17, 04:43 PM   #129
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Old 06-29-17, 11:10 AM   #130
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Old 06-30-17, 07:17 AM   #131
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Old 07-01-17, 11:08 AM   #132
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Looks like Sharp back to the Hawks ... not nearly as excited about this as Saad ... maybe as a 3rd or 4th line winger, he will be okay .. but I just do not see this working out all that well
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Old 07-02-17, 05:50 PM   #133
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Seeing Marleau in a Leafs jersey will be weird.

Probably even weirder for shizawn
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Old 07-02-17, 06:44 PM   #134
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Well, on the one hand, I wanted Marleau to spend his whole career with the Sharks. On the other, he is 38 years old and if the team wants to build another cup caliber team, signing old guys isn't really the way to do it. And seeing what the Leafs had to pay, it lessens the sting a little bit. No way is he worth $6.25 million, especially for 3 years.
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Old 07-02-17, 07:06 PM   #135
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Old 07-02-17, 07:29 PM   #136
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No way is he worth $6.25 million, especially for 3 years.
Certainly isn't.

Don't really understand this move from the Leafs point of view.

Hope he does well though.
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Old 07-05-17, 03:16 PM   #137
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$12.5 AAV for 8 years for McDavid.

That's an awful lot of money.
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Old 07-11-17, 09:41 PM   #138
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Today was the day for me to select my ticket package. Spades was all sold out unsurprisingly so I went with Hearts. First ever official home game, Tampa Bay, Nashville and Edmonton. Plus no missed game during Winter or Spring break. Not terrible. No Kings, no Blackhawks is a bummer but there's always next year.
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Old 07-11-17, 10:48 PM   #139
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Today was the day for me to select my ticket package. Spades was all sold out unsurprisingly so I went with Hearts. First ever official home game, Tampa Bay, Nashville and Edmonton. Plus no missed game during Winter or Spring break. Not terrible. No Kings, no Blackhawks is a bummer but there's always next year.
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Old 07-18-17, 08:33 AM   #140
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Since Les Alexander is putting the NBA Houston Rockets up for sale there seems too be a lot of buzz about Houston finally getting an NHL franchise(expansion or relocation).

The biggest mistake of the NHL accepting WHA teams back in 1979 was not including Houston. Next to the Whalers,they were the strongest franchise the WHA had too offer plus the Bruins weren't too happy about New England(Hartford) Whalers coming in too their territory.
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Old 07-18-17, 03:18 PM   #141
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Today was the day for me to select my ticket package. Spades was all sold out unsurprisingly so I went with Hearts. First ever official home game, Tampa Bay, Nashville and Edmonton. Plus no missed game during Winter or Spring break. Not terrible. No Kings, no Blackhawks is a bummer but there's always next year.
I would have gone for the spades package as well. Oh well, I'm sure you'll have a blast at the games anyway. I wonder if there is anyway to get a hold of the people that bought your seats and got the spades package. Maybe there is a game that they would want from your package and you could work out a swap or something if you really want to see the Kings or Blackhawks?
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Old 07-26-17, 03:17 PM   #142
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Today was the day for me to select my ticket package. Spades was all sold out unsurprisingly so I went with Hearts. First ever official home game, Tampa Bay, Nashville and Edmonton. Plus no missed game during Winter or Spring break. Not terrible. No Kings, no Blackhawks is a bummer but there's always next year.
Well, look at it this way. Since neither of the home games against the Blues are in your package you don't have any guaranteed losses.
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Old 08-03-17, 11:13 PM   #143
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Old 08-13-17, 09:42 AM   #144
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Attention any potential road-tripping hockey fans : Single game tickets for the Vegas Golden Knights go on sale tomorrow afternoon. I'll probably try to pick up a four pack for the Blackhawks, Pens or Kings (there is a two hour exclusive window for Season Ticket holders).

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Old 08-16-17, 06:02 PM   #145
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Oilers sign Draisaitl to an 8 years at $8.5 million AAV extension.

That's $21 million for two players, just like the Blackhawks. At least Toews and Kane had won a couple cups before getting those extensions.

Going to be interesting when the Leafs have to pay Matthews, Marner, and Nylander.
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Old 08-16-17, 06:08 PM   #146
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I ended up not getting any other, more-desirable game tickets. Was tempted but figured 11 games is a lot and I didn't want to piss off the Mrs with many years of quarter-seasons still upcoming. Plus I have spent a lot so far.

One interesting thing : They priced the games based on their desirability. A nice ticket for a less-popular opponent could be a $100 seat, but that same seat might be $155 for the Blackhawks. I've before never heard of an organization doing that for single-game tickets, but I suppose it makes some sense financially. The more desirable tickets would fetch a higher price on the secondary market.
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Old 08-25-17, 11:02 PM   #147
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Potential TV disaster before the Golden Knights even play their first game :


Will Golden Knights fans face television blackout to start the season?

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Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 | 2 a.m.


The Vegas Golden Knights are 24 days away from the first game in franchise history, and there’s a chance many in Southern Nevada won’t get to view the area’s first major sports franchise on television.

In the three months since the Golden Knights agreed to a multiyear deal making AT&T SportsNet their television home, it appears little progress has been made to get the channel on Cox Communications or CenturyLink’s Prism TV.

The regional sports network, owned by AT&T U-verse and DirecTV, is only available in Southern Nevada through Dish Network (channel 414) and DirecTV (channel 683) with sports packages. The package on DirecTV costs subscribers an extra $14 per month ($168 per year).

But for the thousands with Cox there will be no way to see the games until an agreement is reached, which owner Bill Foley has long maintained will happen in time for the season.

“We have begun discussions with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain about the possibility of adding the network in our Las Vegas market,” said Cox spokesman Juergen Barbusca. “We hope that we can come to an agreement that allows our customers to watch the Golden Knights, but at a reasonable cost.”

Those last two words conjure up thoughts of the conflict between the Los Angeles Dodgers and cable providers in Southern California.

In January 2013, Time Warner Cable Inc. agreed to a 25-year, $8.35 billion deal for the exclusive rights to broadcast Dodgers games on their new channel SportsNet LA beginning in the 2014 season.

Similar to today’s situation in Las Vegas, the channel wasn’t available on other major television providers (DirecTV and Verizon). Because Time Warner Cable paid such an extravagant price for the rights to the games, they asked more than cable companies were willing to pay to recoup the money — $5 per subscriber.

Four years later the stalemate continues, and millions of Dodgers fans in Southern California are missing their team’s historically great season — they have the best record in baseball heading into the final month of the season.

“We know that many Las Vegas viewers are enthusiastic about the Golden Knights debut, but sports programming comes at an extremely high price,” Barbusca said. “As we continually adjust our channel lineup, we must consider the needs of all our customers, not just sports/Golden Knights fans, and protect the value of the products and services we provide.”

Cox is the third largest multiple services operator in the cable industry behind Comcast and Time Warner, currently serving approximately 6 million residences and businesses nationally. Because the company is privately held, it doesn’t publish local subscriber information.

“We are in discussions with distributors in the marketplace, and look forward to bringing Golden Knights hockey to fans in Las Vegas and throughout the Rockies,” AT&T SportsNet said in a statement to the Las Vegas Sun.

Another layer to the dynamic is AT&T SportsNet is owned by DirecTV, and if Cox Cable and CenturyLink are unable to acquire the channel that could directly lead to customers dropping them in favor of DirecTV.

If Golden Knights fans with Cox order the NHL’s Center Ice package for around $150, they’d still be shut out because the package doesn’t show games of the team in subscribers' home city.

That means Center Ice subscribers will get nearly every NHL game across North America except Golden Knights games, whether the team is at home or on the road.

If a deal doesn’t get done, local sports fans won’t only be missing out on the Golden Knights. Four UNLV football games are slated to air on AT&T SportsNet this year as well, including the Rebels’ Nov. 25 season finale against UNR.
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Old 08-31-17, 04:53 PM   #148
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Shane Doan retired yesterday. He should keep himself in shape, maybe he can play for team Canada in the Olympics.
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Old 09-06-17, 08:36 PM   #149
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Couple new rule changes this year:

1. A minor penalty will be assessed to the team that makes a failed offsides challenge
2. Teams can no longer call timeout after icing the puck

Guess the first one will result in fewer challenges since there's now a risk involved. I think it'd be better if they just got rid of the challenges altogether.

The second rule change is just silly. It'll probably just end up slowing the game down even more because you'll have more players stalling. Guess it could potentially increase scoring.
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Old 09-06-17, 10:42 PM   #150
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In a major victory for the gaming industry, the NHL is allowing Golden Knights betting in all sports books. In Vegas we consider that a big deal because it shows that the NHL believes having legal sports betting doesn't compromise the integrity of the local team. When the NBA had their All-Star game here in 2007, David Stern insisted that the game be taken off the books.
It sets a good precedent for the NFL to follow in a few years from now.
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