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PHT Morning Skate: Heritage Classic’s reportedly been a tough sell

Jan 31, 2014, 8:01 AM EDT

Vancouver - False Creek and BC Place Stadium, British Columbia, Canada

Credit: Josef Hanus Vancouver - False Creek and BC Place Stadium, British Columbia, Canada Credit: Josef Hanus

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The outdoor games in the United States have sold incredibly well this year, but it looks like there’s been some difficulty when it comes to selling tickets for the upcoming Heritage Classic at B.C. Place Stadium. (Vancouver Sun)

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Dainius Zubrus sustained a possible knee injury while blocking a shot during the Devils’ 3-2 overtime victory over Dallas. (Bergen Record)

Tomas Fleischmann was a healthy scratch on Thursday because coach Peter Horachek doesn’t think he has the “drive right now.” (Miami Herald)

Tim Erixon has been sent back to the minors by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 22-year-old forward was taken with the 23rd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault credits his team’s balanced lines as the reason they’ve gone 13-5-1 since Dec. 22. (Newsday)

Is it time for the Vancouver Canucks to conclude that their current core isn’t going to lead them to a Stanley Cup championship and consequently shift the focus towards getting younger without enduring a full rebuild? (Toronto Star)

  1. sens101 - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Maybe because they place it on the other side of the country where only one teams fans can attend….

    • lonespeed - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Please submit your resume to NFL Commissioners Office Attn: Village Idiot

      • lonespeed - Jan 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

        NHL Commissioners Office rather. They both could use a little help though.

      • charlieconway96 - Jan 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        No no, you had it right the first time.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Or perhaps it’s because there’s at least a 50-50 chance it will actually end up being an INDOOR game with over-priced seats with poor views of the rink.

  2. enollatsknarf - Jan 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    The Editor’s note is totally NOT an advertisement guys…. No really, that site looks shadier than Vladimir Putin’s KGB past.

  3. bcisleman - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Ryan, isn’t Tim Erixon a defenseman?

  4. canada2014gold - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    I think that time is now for the Canucks. They have some good assets that can accelerate the process. I don’t know if aqualini or gillis are that smart though. It was great while it lasted but it’s time to move forward

  5. patthehockeyfan - Jan 31, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Jeez, where’s that pom-pom shaking cheerleader, joey? Outdoor games? I thought he’d be all over this one. Oh, that’s right. The NHL is having trouble selling it.

    (It just occurred to me. Does anyone think joey might be Bettman’s grandson? Or maybe Blomfeld’s?)

    I liked this quote from the link to the story on the Vancouver Sun’s website: “This is definitely a dud and I know the NHL is not going to make it look like that,” he said. “They’ll paper the building.”

  6. shortsxit34 - Feb 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    This is a mirror image of what happened at Dodger Stadium. They dropped prices several times, created group rates, put tickets on Living Social, and there were still almost 4,000 tickets left on StubHub. And there were still tickets left directly from Ticket Master.

    The NHL defines attendance by tickets distributed, not tickets sold. They could give away 5,000 tickets for free, and they would be part of the attendance even if nobody showed up.

    There were still tickets available, so even by the NHL definition of sellout, the game wasn’t. But the NHL will never admit that things were anything other than flawless. The Vancouver game will be the same exact thing.

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