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Friday, November 21, 2008

NHL News from Around the League - Nov. 21st

Things continue to go badly for the Ottawa Senators. Yesterday they lost 3-2 to the Montreal Canadiens in a shootout. It was Ottawa's sixth straight loss. The Senators can take comfort in the fact that they managed to salvage a point playing against the Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

The Habs are also reportedly still interested in Mats Sundin. Montreal general manager Bob Gainey met with Sundin in California earlier this week. There is no word on how quickly Habs fans would be able to generate a script to vote Sundin into the All-Star game should he sign with their team.

The struggling economy could mean that the NHL salary cap could fall. TSN reports that NHL players could be in danger of losing their escrow money and Montreal Canadiens president Pierre Boivin suggests that the slumping Canadian dollar could effect revenue in the Canadian franchises, and thus the NHL. The six Canadian teams account for around one third of the league's revenue.

Current economic conditions have also hit Hockeytown. The Detroit Red Wings have announced that tickets to select December and January games will be available for $9. While the Stanley Cup champions are offering seats for nine dollars, the Eastern Conference bottom-dwelling Florida Panthers list their cheapest tickets at almost double that price: $17. The St. Louis Blues, who occupy the basement of the Western Conference are asking for $18 for their cheapest ticket.

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