Hello Hockey Pucks!

I’m a big Don Rickles fan (and not just because of this fan site, but perhaps because we’re both Queens, NY products). One of the thing about Rickles is that if he zings/berates you, it’s a badge of honor. I kind of feel the same way about media columnist Phil Mushnick. Getting whacked by him is almost like winning a prize (obviously, I won’t count his hot-botton issues of players not running to first, the WWE, and graphics that interfere with gameplay). Sunday, he went after the NHL:

The Buffalo Sabres this season will switch to variable ticket pricing based on the date and opponent, similar to what the Mets do with their gold, silver and bronze designations.

Thus, the same cheapest Sabres seat that costs $20 for some games will cost $68 for others; the better seats that cost $90 for certain games will cost $203 for others. Because it’s impossible to predetermine the value of games, the plan is a cosmetically beautified exercise in price gouging.

Whatever became of the NHL’s on-ice “Thank You, Fans” campaign? Must’ve melted away.

The NHL should really be honored.
Also, what’s with Michael Peca? He’s reportedly willing to take very little to play for the Rangers, presumably to win a Cup. But, if that doesn’t come through, he’d actually play in Columbus? That place is the black hole of hockey. If you look closely at the uniform, it’s got the Dharma Initiative crest on it.