Paying for Stanley Cup finals tickets is always going to be particularly expensive. Let’s face it, it’s the final series of the year and every game carries the weight of the world on it for the fans of the teams involved. Now take that feeling and ball it up and apply it to both teams for a winner-take-all Game 7. Sounds like the formula for the price of tickets to skyrocket doesn’t it?
In Vancouver, tickets are already hard to come by and are already really expensive. As CNBC’s Darren Rovell scoped out on Tuesday, it’s a special brand of situation for those looking to re-sell tickets on the secondary market as fans don’t want to give up their shot to see the Canucks potentially win their first Stanley Cup. Those tickets that are on websites to be bought are going for quite the hefty price.
Scoping out StubHub right now, if you’re looking for just one ticket to get inside Rogers Arena and you’re not picky about where exactly the ticket puts you in the building, it’ll cost you quite a bit.
As of this writing, buying one ticket will cost you $2,495, a price that will at least put you in the lower bowl behind the goal that will allow you to see how strong Roberto Luongo is or isn’t tonight for two periods.
If you’re looking to get any number of seats, the prices per seat go down a bit, but the total price you’ll pay still hurts. The cheapest pair of tickets you’ll get will put you in the upper level of Rogers Arena and run you $1,700 per ticket. A coll $3,400 gets you and a friend in to watch someone lift the Stanley Cup in Vancouver. That’s a lot of dough to drop especially when you’re not sure if you’ll be celebrating at the end of the night or end up being heartbroken depending on your allegiances.
One way or another, being able to be in attendance for a Stanley Cup finals game is incredible but if it means selling off personal possessions or family members it’s probably not the best move for your personal finances. That said, Vancouver’s been waiting for 40 years to see the Canucks lift the Stanley Cup and tonight they’ve got the chance to do that on home ice. For the city that saw Canada win the Olympic gold medal in 2010, this possibility is bit more personal no matter what the cost might be.
The hype surrounding Connor McDavid couldn’t be much greater, but finally expectations will start to give way to results.
The NHL career that’s been talked about for years will begin tonight when his Edmonton Oilers face St. Louis.
“It’s something that you dream of for so long,” McDavid told NHL.com. “The draft is one thing, but to finally be in this situation is another, so I’m really excited. It’s been a long road; it’s been a lot of hard work. I think a lot of guys’ stories are different in how they get here, but the one common theme is hard work and my story is not any different that way.”
McDavid has transformed the Oilers with his mere presence. Its breathed fresh optimism into a city that have watched this team struggle in its efforts to dig out of the NHL basement. One also has to wonder if Peter Chiarelli would be the team’s new general manager and Todd McLellan its new head coach if Edmonton hadn’t won the draft lottery.
But where will he lead Edmonton? Will he be just the sixth 70-point rookie of the salary cap era? Will he struggle out of the gate, putting the hype into question? Perhaps he’ll draw comparisons to Steven Stamkos, who had a modest rookie campaign by the standards of a highly regarded top pick, but has nevertheless gone on to become a superstar.
That would surprise Stamkos as the Lightning captain feels McDavid is better than he is currently. Just further proof that those lofty expectations are coming from all sides.
“You don’t want to put too much weight on his shoulders; he’s an 18-year-old kid,” Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. “I don’t care how good he is or how good he’ll be, it’s a lot to shoulder if you’re supposed to be the guy and you’re the only guy. Fortunately we have a lot of high-pedigree players that are high picks who have gone through similar situations that he’s going through.”
Edmonton certainly has no shortage of first overall picks, but none as highly regarded as McDavid. But then, few ever are.
Related: There’s ‘a real positive vibe’ in Buffalo, where Eichel will make NHL debut tonight
Jack Eichel didn’t disappoint in the preseason, finishing with six points in four games, including two shorthanded goals.
Tonight in Buffalo, his NHL career will start for real when the Sabres host the Ottawa Senators in regular-season action.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed of my whole life, stepping foot on that ice and making the NHL,” Eichel said, per NHL.com. “It’s kind of been a whirlwind, but you’re finally playing hockey for a living and everything you’ve done your whole life is to get to this point. It’s pretty special.”
The 18-year-old’s debut was front-page news this morning in Buffalo, where the Sabres have been among the NHL’s worst teams since last making the playoffs in 2010-11.
Granted, even with the additions of Eichel, Ryan O'Reilly, Evander Kane, Robin Lehner and Cody Franson, expectations for 2015-16 remain modest for the new-look Sabres. Certainly, a spot in the playoffs would count as a surprise.
But for the fans of a team that’s barely possessed the puck the past couple of years, it’s night and day.
“People are excited,” GM Tim Murray said earlier this week. “It’s great. They think we’ve improved, and there’s a real positive vibe, I believe.
“That’s what I said to our coaches, ‘I want everybody to be positive. I’m the only guy in the organization allowed to be negative.’ That’s the way I wanted it. If I’m the most negative guy in the city about the team, that’s pretty good.”