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Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien found dead, The Hockey News season preview doesn’t rank the Senators and Oilers highly, Flames GM Jay Feaster believes his team will make the playoffs, and the high cost of attending a Montreal Canadiens this coming season.


WINNIPEG SUN: reports Jets forward Rick Rypien was found dead last night in his Alberta home. He was 27. Rypien signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer, and it has been revealed he’d been battling depression the past two years. His death was not ruled suspicious.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depression is a crippling illness, and it appears that it may have finally taken its toll on Rypien.  It’s sad, because Rypien was a well-respected scrapper, who had to battle his way into an NHL career. My condolences to his family and friends.


OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports The Hockey News season preview isn’t showing much love for the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers, predicting the two clubs will finish the 2011-12 season at the bottom of their respective conferences.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of course it remains to be seen where these two teams end up, but I believe the two teams won’t make the playoffs this season. The Oilers are still a young, rebuilding team, which have considerable questions about their goaltending, and I still believe their blueline needs improvement, while the Senators lack scoring punch beyond their first line, which features an aging Daniel Alfredsson, and the injury prone Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.


CALGARY HERALD: Vicky Hall reports Flames GM Jay Feaster believes his roster for the upcoming season is a playoff contender. Feaster re-signed Alex Tanguay, Curtis Glencross, Brendan Morrison and Anton Babchuk, dealt away defenseman Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik to Buffalo for younger players (Chris Butler and Paul Byron), and replaced Regehr by signing veteran blueliner Scott Hannan to a one-year deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Question marks still dog the Flames, and they’re an aging roster, but if they can get off to a better start, they should be able to contend for one of the lower post-season berths in the conference. Once again, they’ll go as far as goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and captain Jarome Iginla can carry them.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: Mike Boone reported on the blog “Hockey Inside/Out” the cost of purchasing a “platinum” ticket for one of the “optimum” games on the Canadiens roster this season is a whopping $405.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I love the Habs, and if I could afford that price, I’d pay it…but I can’t afford that, and I daresay most of my readers can’t. That’s a helluva lotta money to plunk down for one game in the “platinum level”.


  1. The ticket prices are going crazy in Montreal. I usually go once a year to Montreal for a Habs leafs game in the club desjardins level and 2 yrs ago those tix cost me $180 each, this year they are $260. What the F? I’m still going but it sucks because this is the first year I can bring my mother and my inlaws and I felt bad telling then that this will be the cost. Ugh. The Habs better win! Lol

  2. You guys should realize that it also depends on who’s coming to town! Not all tickets will reach that price for let’s say an islanders game. But I’d they play Boston or Toronto, then chances are you will pay that price

  3. Two terrible teams not worth watching for that much money, let alone half that!

  4. I talked to a family from Toronto in Tampa a few years ago and the man said that it was more cost efficient to buy airfare to Florida, take the kids to disney and watch the leafs play here and make a vacation out of the trip than buy tickets for his family to see the leafs in toronto. I can’t imagine how they fill that arena with prices like that.

  5. Chris, we’re talking about Montreal’s insane prices…stay on topic lol!

    I feel terrible for the Rypien family. I have a few family members who battle depression (to varying degrees) and can sympathize about the affliction. A tradgic loss for sure.

    If asked to put down money on who would finish higher in the standings this year between Edmonton and Calgary, the less risky bet would have to be Calgary. So why does my gut tell me Edmonton will do better? I don’t like their goaltending and the D still needs to improve, but there young and speedy. Calgary reminds me of my Leafs coming out of the lockout.

  6. Oilers will not finish last. We may end up 2nd to last, but we wont be getting the three peat!

  7. The best place to watch any game from is, hands down, front row of the upper level. To hell with Platinum level.

  8. Lol easy wings fan. The Bell Centre is a excellent arena to see a hockey game. A little newer and nicer than the Joe ;). I live in Windsor and have been to the Joe many times and the cost of their tickets is better, but the club level tix at the Bell Centre include food and drinks so u just don’t eat until you get to the game then it’s chow time lol. It will be nice when the wings are in the east next year as I will be able to see the Canadiens a couple extra times a year.

  9. If you wanna spend your money wisely, go watch a Wings game. It doesn’t matter where, becasue they will show you how the game is supposed to be played. Skill, precision and excitement. Forget about eating becasue you won’t have time. LOL. JK…..have fun and keep your stick on the ice!

  10. in phoenix or on the island….4 tickets for the price of 1…..good seats too!

  11. @Chris… Many Canuck fans attend the away games in California and Phoenix. While I was in Anaheim/Disney in April with the family we attended the Ducks/Sharks game where Perry scored his 50th. Great evening. Seats were lower bowl corner two rows above the Zamboni bay and were around $85 per (included pops and hot dogs). Can’t or hard to get lower bowl tickets (and many games, good luck getting 3 seats together) in Vancouver and you can easily add $100 to the price per if you can get them.

    It has also been said that for the price of a Canucks game in Vancouver, you could fly to Phoenix, stay at a hotel and see the Canucks play the Coyotes for the same amount. I am guessing these are cheap seat sale flights or driving across the border and flying within the USA. (I might give it a try this year).

    and tragic news about RR. a real fan favourite and good team mate..

  12. Yes my Oilers wil probably be terrible next year but ott and florida will be worse…too much improving talent for edm to finish last again…..even with has-been-bulin in net…( i hope they play dubnyk)….d will be reasonably better…