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The scalpers must be starving in Dallas


In these tough economic times, it’s good to know there’s a place you can go 41 nights a year for quality, affordable entertainment.

And that place is the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Team Marketing Report has released its latest survey of NHL fan costs and it shows the Dallas Stars have the lowest average ticket price in the NHL at just $29.95.

Judging by Stars attendance this season, ticket prices might still be too pricey. Hopefully a new owner can get in there ASAP and start marketing the team like its 7-2-0 record suggests it deserves to be marketed.

After Dallas, the cheapest tickets are in Phoenix ($36.15), Tampa Bay ($37.73), Anaheim ($36.94) and Buffalo ($38.23). Must be nice for Sabres fans to have an owner that spends to the cap and doesn’t soak them at the turnstiles. Beer is only $5 too. I think it’s like $93 at Canucks game.

Meanwhile, the most expensive ticket is in Toronto, where it costs an average of $123.77 to watch the Leafs. No shock there.

But you might be surprised at which team boasts the second-highest ticket price. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Winnipeg Jets ($98.27) to the NHL.

The Jets haven’t had any problem filling the rink so far – in fact, they’re essentially sold out for the next five years. But hefty ticket prices are going to be the reality at the MTS Centre, which seats just 15,004 for hockey, making it the smallest building in the league in terms of capacity.

On the other hand, there were seven NHL teams that drew fewer than 15,000 fans per game in 2010-11, and I’m pretty sure the average ticket price wasn’t $100. The Jets also struck a TV deal with TSN to broadcast more than 60 of their games, so that’s another major revenue stream right there.

Rounding out the top five ticket prices are Montreal ($88.67), Edmonton ($70.13) and Vancouver ($68.3), with an honorable mention to Calgary ($68.18).

Canadians. Just rolling in it apparently.

The most expensive ticket for an American team is Philadelphia ($66.89), followed closely by the New York Rangers ($66.20).

The average NHL ticket price is $57.10.

Kings GM says Mike Richards went into ‘a destructive spiral’

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The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.

Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.

Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.

“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”

Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:

  • He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
  • Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
  • The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.

… Yeah.

Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.

Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?

Coyotes exploit another lousy outing from Quick

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Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.

Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.

Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.

Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).


A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:

Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.

It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.


After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.

Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.