'The league is expected to take on seven figures worth of red ink to stage the contest, but they're obviously looking at it as a loss leader. As well they should. Given what Crosby means to the game, the long-term value of that exposure makes the Winter Classic the most important game of the season, bar none.'
Archives for September 19, 2007
'When Golisano — the founder of Paychex, a payroll services company — took over, he emphasized three points: the franchise had to be a great place to work, it needed to be a great product for fans, and it had to make money.'
'"I don't think our style needs to change," said the former Michigan State star. "People are really just speculating on how we're going to react, but let's see how some guys who had great years last year and guys who are promoted fill in before we start jumping to conclusions. We played very well with the core group of guys that we have."'
‘“I think obviously there has been some good growth,” said Amerks head coach Randy Cunneyworth of Zagrapan’s rookie campaign. “I think his size and strength has certainly improved. He’s worked awfully hard over the course of the summer, not only in the weight room but also with regard to his hockey skills. I think it’s proving to be a recipe for success.”’
'"I don't know if anybody thought they would go that fast," Gilbert said, then addressing the tickets reserved for season ticket holders. "When Tom Golisano bought this team under Larry Quinn, our philosophy was to do whatever we can to take care of our season ticker holders. Yesterday was another indication of how we're taking care of our best customers."'
‘“This is a chance for many of our young players who have been on the fringe to step in and play key roles — and for those that have already gotten a taste at this level to take on greater responsibility,” Regier said.’
‘“Max, while warming up playing soccer in the playoffs, flipped over backwards and hit his head on the concrete before Game Three in Long Island,” Ruff said, “and I don’t think he was right for a little while after that.”’
‘“There’s pieces in all of those top three we can move around,” Ruff said. “We know that Roy, Vanek and Stafford played well together and Kotalik and Connolly and Afinogenov at one time played really well together. We have options we can try.”‘
‘Many fans lucky enough to get online, or in the front of a ticket line, at precisely 10 a.m. found no limit placed on the number of tickets they could buy. That presumably allowed some people to buy dozens of tickets, many of which appeared on eBay or StubHub for up to 10 times their face value later in the day.’
'But Blue Jays season-ticket holders, it appears, were indeed given preferential treatment. Patrick Elster, vice-president of ticket sales and services for the baseball team, says an offer was extended as a result of a long-running relationship the Blue Jays have with the Bills, the principal tenants of Ralph Wilson Stadium.'