Plenty of Canucks fans buying tickets in Boston, Bruins fans not as willing to travel to Vancovuer


Yesterday we put up some rough statistics about aftermarket ticket prices following a cursory glance over at StubHub. Here’s the short story: tickets are expensive in Boston and crazy expensive in Vancouver. Since then, we’ve acquired a few more numbers directly from Stubhub to give a better picture of just how strong the demand has been for tickets this year.

Over 1,400 tickets combined for all four potential games in Vancouver. Fans are looking at prices in the $800 range just to get in the building. There are about 250 tickets for Game 1 on Wednesday and 500+ tickets for Game 2 on Saturday.

On the other hand,over 7,000 tickets combined for all three potential games in Boston. It’ll only cost fans in the $500 range to get into TD Banknorth Garden. According to the folks at StubHub, the prices have been holding steady since last week.

As far as actual tickets that have already been sold, fans are paying an average price of $900 for Games 1 and 2 in Vancouver. The least expensive ticket purchased has been $400 (Upper Bowl Goal 319, Game 1), while the most money shelled out for a ticket has been $3,500 (Club 106, Game 1). For a point of reference, fans were paying an average price of $720 for Games 1 and 2 in Chicago.

In Boston, things are a little cheaper; fans are paying an average price of $670 for Games 3 and 4 in Boston. The range of tickets purchased has been $375 (Balcony Side 330, Game 3) to $4,724 (Loge Glass 11, Game 3). At this time last year, fans were paying an average price of $575 for Games 3 and 4 in Philadelphia.

The most interesting figures have been where the ticket purchases have been coming from. Purchases for the games in Vancouver have been fairly predictiable: British Columbia 39% of purchases, Alberta 13%, Ontario and Washington each 8%, and California 7%. Who knew there were that many Bruins/Canucks fans in California? Surprisingly, buyers from New England states make up less than 2% of all purchases for games in Vancouver.

The story is a little different for the games being played in Boston. The top buyer states/provinces for the games in Boston are Massachusetts 36%, Ontario 11%, British Columbia 8%, New York 5%, New Hampshire and Alberta each 4%. New England states are accounting for 45% of the buyers for these games; but 25% of the buyers for these games are from Canada.

Do you think there will be a few Canuckleheads in Boston for Games 3 and 4?

DiMaio named Blues’ director of player personnel

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The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.

He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.

He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).

In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.

No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?

Hitchcock going to more aggressive attack for Blues

Ken Hitchcock

ST. LOUIS (AP) After three straight first-round playoff exits, the St. Louis Blues have learned to temper expectations.

They have been consistently among the NHL’s best in the regular season and realize it is past time to build something for the long haul. The sting still lingers from the latest failure, against the Minnesota Wild last spring.

“We’re all disappointed, everybody can agree on that,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “It’s never easy to kind of think about your failures, but we grow every time it happens.”

Management isn’t ready to tear it all down yet.

“We play, in my opinion, one of the toughest if not the toughest division in the NHL, and we’ve finished first or second in the last four years,” forward Alexander Steen said. “So we have an extremely powerful team.”

Maybe a change in strategy will be enough: Coach Ken Hitchcock is back with a mandate for a more aggressive, even reckless, style of play from a roster that hasn’t changed appreciably.

“We’re coming hard from the back and we’re coming hard to see how close we can get to the attack,” Hitchcock said. “I think it’s where the game’s at; I think it’s where the game’s going to go.”

The 63-year-old Hitchcock is pushing forward, too, unwilling to dwell on the flameouts. Coach and players agree that would be “wasted energy.”

“My opinion is when you sit and think about the past, you do yourself no good,” Hitchcock said. “If you learn from the past, that’s when you do yourself a whole bunch of good.”

There were only two major roster casualties. Forward Troy Brouwer came from Washington in a trade for fan favorite T.J. Oshie. Defenseman Barret Jackman, the franchise career leader in games, wasn’t re-signed.

“If you were expecting 23 new faces to be on the roster this year, I don’t think that was realistic,” captain David Backes said. “We’re going to miss those guys in the room and on the ice, but there has been some changeover and I think it’s pretty significant.”

Things to watch for with the Blues:

GOALIE SHUFFLE: Just like last year, there’s no true No. 1 with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen sharing duties. The 25-year-old Allen missed a chance to seize the job last spring when he failed to raise his level in the playoffs.

TOP THREAT: Vladimir Tarasenko had a breakout season with 37 goals and was rewarded with an eight-year, $60 million contract. The 23-year-old winger is by far the Blues’ most dangerous scoring option and said he won’t let the money affect his play. “I never worry about it,” Tarasenko said. “If you play good, you play good.”

NEW FACES: Brouwer and center Kyle Brodziak add a physical element that was perhaps lacking a bit last season. Brouwer has three 20-plus goal seasons and Brodziak, acquired from Minnesota, fills a checking role. Veteran forward Scottie Upshall got a one-year, two-way deal after being coming to camp as a tryout. Rookie forward Robby Fabbri, a first-round pick last year, will get an early look. Another promising youngster, forward Ty Rattie, begins the year at Chicago of the AHL.

RECOVERY WARD: Forward Jori Lehteri bounced back quickly from ankle surgery and opens the season without restrictions. Another forward, Patrik Berglund, could miss half of the season following shoulder surgery.

TRACK RECORD: The Blues won the Central Division last season and Hitchcock, fourth on the career list with 708 regular-season wins, has consistently had the team near the top of the standings. “He is our coach, tough cookies if you don’t like it,” Backes said. “From my experience, he puts together one heck of a game plan.”