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Published April 15, 2008
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FLAMES: Flames officials have "started punishing scalpers in-house," meaning they are banning people who sell their seats for a profit. Flames VP/Ticket Sales Rollie Cyr: "This past season, we canceled 32 season tickets after we found out they were scalping tickets at a significant premium." In Calgary, Michael Platt reports last week "another handful of playoff tickets were declared null and void, as Flames' management investigated the sale of seats at prices way above face value." Cyr said that the '07-08 season "found the Flames dealing with a new form of ducat devilry: Forgery." Because tickets purchased online are "of the self-print variety, there's nothing to stop a con artist from making multiple copies." Once a bar code on a ticket is scanned at the Saddledome, "further copies will be rejected" (CALGARY SUN, 4/15).
Islanders Finish Last In Attendance
For Second Time In Last Three Years
CAPITALS: Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis, in a Q&A with the WALL STREET JOURNAL's Justin Scheck, said of Forbes magazine reporting the team is worth $145M, or 28th out of 30 NHL teams: "The Forbes numbers are the biggest (expletive) joke I've ever seen. But we bring it upon ourselves because we don't publish our numbers. A banker who did our numbers, based on comparables, said our value would be [$225-250M]." When asked what the league can do to get a better TV deal, Leonsis replied, "My belief, and what I've been advocating, is we've lost the TV war. ... We wanna be, and we're becoming, the leader in growing digital media" (WSJ.com, 4/10).
CANUCKS: In Vancouver, Iain MacIntrye reports the Canucks fired GM Dave Nonis yesterday, and the dismissal “changes everything and will almost certainly lead to other major changes.” Nonis’ “chief failing this season was that his defence couldn’t stay healthy.” Meanwhile, Canucks coach Alain Vigneault’s job also is likely in “jeopardy as Nonis’s successor will presumably want to hire his own coach” (VANCOUVER SUN, 4/15).