“It’s summertime and the living is easy…” Well for hockey blog writers, it’s summertime and the news is slow. Here are some news, notes and thoughts.
According to July 19th issue of the NY Daily News’ Blueshirts Blog with Brandon Dubinsky set for his arbitration hearing, Thursday, July 21st, the Rangers and Dubinsky are not close to a deal with the sticky point not money but length of his contract.
“I’d like to get it done as quickly as possible. I think the Rangers want me, and I want the Rangers. So at the end of the day, we may as well not waste each other’s time.”
These were Dubinsky’s sentiments following the end of this past season and with Dubinsky one of the keys to the Ranger’s future, I’m sure Sather and company will figure out the numbers to keep everyone happy.
After Dubinsky’s hearing, Ryan Callahan is next on the calendar with his hearing set for Thursday, July, 28. Callahan is the Rangers other restricted free agent.
Of course there is always the possibility that both these players reach agreements before their respective hearings.
The 2011-2012 hockey season will bring the BlueShirts back to Vancouver, British Columbia to play at Rogers Arena, Tuesday, October 18th. I did some checking of the ticket prices and was dismayed to see that for certain teams, like New York, the tickets are higher than for a home game against the Minnesota Wild.
Join me after the jump to see how much money it’s going to cost us local fans to see the game.
The least expensive single game ticket for the Rangers vs. Canucks is $115.00 and the most expensive ticket is $771.00. Two days later, Nashville visits Vancouver where a single game ticket can be purchased for $73.00.
So Vancouver is putting a premium on quality when teams like the New York Rangers visit, but are they eliminating the average fan from being able to enjoy the excitement of professional hockey?
Normally, July is the time when the National Football League opens training camps but with their lockout still in effect, those camps are empty. The National Baskeball Association is also in lock out mode which begs the question, if the NFL and the NBA don’t reach a CBA, how will this impact hockey?
I actually relish the idea of no football or basketball to thus spotlight my two favourite sports: baseball and hockey. Hockey franchises in cities where they have football and/or basketball teams can benefit greatly.
TSN (Canada’s ESPN) will be able to show three to five more minutes of highlights per game; hockey franchises becoming the only game in town might enable owners to lower ticket prices so the average working stiff can catch a game or two; those who have not been able to pay too much attention to hockey because of football and basketball might resume their love affair with the fastest game on ice.
But most importantly it’s important for the NHL to take notice of what the NFL and NBA are dealing with and make sure that when their latest CBA expires after next season, there are no lockouts, work stoppages or cancelled games.
Fans are only so forgiving.
I wanted to chime in on my choice for Captain of the NY Rangers. I believe there are several players who certainly will be considered but the guy I think should be their next captain is Ryan Callahan.
Feel free to voice your opinion in our comments section.