Carolina reveals ticket prices for 2011 NHL All-Star Game

Thumbnail image for allstargamelogo.JPGWhile teams and players aren’t always thrilled with a two-week interruption to their season (not to mention the compressed schedule that comes with it), one of the Olympic Games bummers is missing out on an All-Star Game. To me, it’s not really about the game itself, either. The downers come with missing the ridiculous but sometimes fantastic skills competition and the fruitless yet fun debates about who was snubbed from the teams.

(Not to mention other side debates, such as my notion that there would be far more interest in an All-Star Game if it took place during the preseason, when people are anxious to see the league’s stars again.)

Well, the good news is that there will be a 2011 NHL All-Star Game and the event will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes released the first bit of news about tickets to the event, even if their season ticket holders will get first dibs. Here is the news from The News & Observer.

Lower-level and club-level seats are $260 and upper-level seats $200 each for the All-Star Game and All-Star Skills Competition. For the All-Star Game alone, the prices at $180 and $135, respectively.

“The pricing is in line with prior games,” general manager Jim Rutherford said today. “We’re getting the information out to ticket-holders. Once we see how many our season-ticket holders use and the league uses, we will know at that point how many will go on sale to the public.”

If Carolina/hockey fans can stomach the higher prices, I’d go for the combination of the game itself and the skills competition. The latter typically provides the most memorable situations of the weekend, particularly when Alex Ovechkin gets the chance to express himself.

The game takes place on January 30, 2011. It should be a fun time for all … and dare I wonder if there will be some tailgating before the event(s)?

Scroll Down For:

    After 20-game absence, Elias to make season debut for Devils

    Patrik Elias
    Leave a comment

    It took a while, but Patrik Elias‘ campaign is ready to get underway.

    Elias, who’s yet to play this year because of a knee injury, says he’ll be in the New Jersey lineup tonight when the Devils host the Blue Jackets at Prudential (per The Record).

    The 39-year-old’s presence should provide an emotional lift in front of the home crowd.

    A lifelong Devil — only Ken Daneyko and Martin Brodeur have appeared in more games — fans may be witnessing Elias’ last year in uniform. It’s fair to suggest he could be on the verge of retirement, given he’s in the last of a three-year, $16.5 million deal and will turn 40 in April.

    As for tonight, it’s not yet official who Elias will play with — or how much he’ll play. He did take line rushes with Jacob Josefson and Stefan Matteau at Tuesday’s practice.

    After three-game absence, Johnson back for Bolts this week

    Carl Gunnarsson, Tyler Johnson
    Leave a comment

    The Lightning have a busy stretch of the schedule coming up, with three games in the next four nights.

    And it sounds like they’ll get a big lineup reinforcement to help them through it.

    Per LA Kings Insider — the Kings are in Tampa tonight — Bolts head coach Jon Cooper confirmed that Tyler Johnson will be back in the lineup “at some point” this week, after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury.

    Johnson has been out of the lineup since taking a Dave Bolland hit on Nov. 14. The timing of the injury was lousy, especially since Johnson looked to be rounding into form — after a rough October in which he failed to score a goal and had just five points in 12 games, Johnson was playing well in November, with three goals and five points in his first six games.

    There’s no denying the Bolts could use Johnson back in the mix.

    The club has been ravaged by injury lately and is currently without the services of Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin and Cedric Paquette at forward.

    The injuries are a big reason why Tampa is off to a mediocre 10-9-3 start. That said, the team has looked good in each of its last two games — a 2-1 win over the Rangers in a rematch of last year’s Eastern Conference Final, followed by a 5-0 blowout of the Ducks on Saturday.

    As for when Johnson might get back in? The Bolts play tonight at home against L.A., on Friday in Washington, then back at home on Saturday against the Islanders.

    Will the Bruins re-sign Loui Eriksson?

    1 Comment

    Loui Eriksson, one of the key pieces Boston acquired in the Tyler Seguin trade, is in the last of his six-year, $25.5 million deal and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    And, at least for now, there doesn’t appear to be much certainty about his future as a Bruin.

    “I’ll never, ever comment publicly in regard to individual players and negotiations and such,” B’s GM Don Sweeney told the Boston Herald this week. “Whether (comments) come out from the other side or wherever, they’re not going to come from me.

    “He’s a big part of our team and he’s off to a really good start.”

    Eriksson is certainly off to a good start — nine goals and 18 points in 20 games, his highest points-per-game average (.90) since coming to Boston, and the second-highest of his career.

    He’s also playing nearly 20 minutes per night, enjoying great chemistry playing alongside David Krejci and, after an injury-riddled first year as a Bruin followed by last year’s playoff miss, seems to have really found his groove.

    So why the silence on the extension front?

    Two weeks ago, Eriksson told the Globe his agent, J.P. Barry, hasn’t had any discussions with Sweeney about re-signing in Boston.

    “There’s not much you can really do about it now,” the 30-year-old Swede explained. “I’m trying to focus on playing good and trying to help this team as much as possible. Then we’ll see what happens after this year.”

    Obviously, money is a factor.

    Looking ahead, Boston’s current cap crunch doesn’t project to get much lighter. The club already has $61 million in salary committed for next season (per War On Ice), and Sweeney has to be mindful of other important contracts on the horizon.

    Torey Krug is a restricted free agent at year’s end, and in line for a raise on the $3.4 million he made this season. Brad Marchand will be a UFA following the ’16-17 campaign.

    And you’d think Sweeney would want to keep money free to eventually sort out Boston’s defense. The blueline has been an issue this season; it’s also getting old and will likely need an injection of new blood in the near future.

    There’s also the question if, should he head to free agency, Eriksson couldn’t be replaced internally. The B’s are flush with young wingers — Jimmy Hayes, Brett Connolly, Seth Griffith, David Pastrnak, Frank Vatrano and Alexander Khokhlachev are all 26 or under — which could make Eriksson expendable.

    PHT Morning Skate: There’s a third Strome brother on the horizon

    Ryan Strome, Johnny Boychuk
    Leave a comment

    PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

    Matthew Strome — the younger brother of the Isles’ Ryan and the Coyotes’ Dylan — is making waves as a 16-year-old rookie with OHL Hamilton. (

    Vern Fiddler caught country legend George Straight’s hat at a concert this summer. He’s apparently received big money offers for the lid, but isn’t willing to sell. (Ottawa Sun)

    Is Anders Nilsson the Oilers’ No. 1 goalie? (Edmonton Journal)

    Good piece here on Max Pacioretty‘s captaincy in Montreal. (New York Times)

    Some appreciation for gritty Leafs forward Leo Komarov. (Toronto Sun)

    According to this piece, GM Marc Bergevin has been the Habs’ MVP this season. (Montreal Gazette)