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NHL Attendance For Each Team After 30 Home Games: 2013-14

Here is our third installment of tracking home attendance, the 30 game mark, with comparisons from after 20 games this year and last seasons final numbers.

The outdoor games have boosted the attendance for several teams. The Senators and Blues Jackets had their attendance increase without a ‘Stadium’ game.


RK Team
2013-14
30 GMS
% Capacity
2013-14
20 GMS
% Capacity
2012-13
Final
1 Chicago
22,950
120.4
21,459
108.8
21,775
2 Detroit
22,913
114.2
20,066
100
20,066
3 Montreal
21,273
100
21,273
100
21,273
4 Philadelphia
19,821
101.4
19,778
101.2
19,786
5 Toronto
19,369
102.9
19,353
102.8
19,426
6 Los Angeles
19,327
110.4
18,125
100
18,178
7 Calgary
19,289
100
19,289
100
19,289
8 Vancouver
18,919
100.1
18,910
100
18,947
9 Pittsburgh
18,606
101.2
18,591
101.1
18,648
10 Tampa Bay
18,567
96.7
18,367
95.6
19,055
11 Buffalo
18,468
96.8
18,392
96.4
18,970
12 Minnesota
18,362
102.3
18,190
101.3
18,794
13 NY Rangers
18,006
100
18,006
100
17,200
14 Ottawa
17,991
93.9
17,375
90.7
19,408
15 Washington
17,889
96.7
18,506
96.4
17,734
16 Boston
17,565
100
17,565
100
17,565
17 San Jose
17,562
100
17,562
100
17,561
18 Edmonton
16,824
99.9
16,816
99.9
16,839
19 St. Louis
16,625
86.8
16,695
87.2
17,263
20 Nashville
16,487
96.3
16,489
96.4
16,974
21 Anaheim
16,177
94.2
16,059
93.5
15,887
22 Colorado
15,923
88.4
16,236
90.2
15,444
23 New Jersey
15,605
91.6
14,544
82.5
17,114
24 Carolina
15,236
81.6
15,351
82.2
17,558
25 Winnipeg
15,004
100
15,004
100
15,004
26 NY Islanders
14,955
95.7
13,533
83.7
13,306
27 Dallas
14,926
80.5
14,259
76.9
17,063
28 Florida
14,889
87.3
14,586
85.6
16,991
29 Columbus
14,103
77.7
13,608
75
14,564
30 Phoenix
13,269
77.5
13,006
75.9
13,923

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Morning Hits: Comeau, GM Meetings, Chiasson, Canucks Collapse, Teravainen, Wellman and the Draft

  • NHL Player Safety: Blue Jackets Blake Comeau will have a phone hearing today for his hit on Red Wings Brendan Smith.
  • Darren Dreger: NHLPAs Mathieu Schneider said that the players are not interested in playing longer games. They would like to less games ending in a shootout. NHLPA would like more testing on the long change during OT or any other ways to encourage the game ending during regulation. NHLPA would also like to have more interference be allowed in attempt to slow the game down a bit. Also, removing the trapezoid to relieve pressure on the defenseman.
  • Renaud Lavoie: They still need to discuss goalie obstruction as they couldn’t decide on anything.
  • John Shannon: There will be no more talk on three-on-three in OT.
  • Elliotte Friedman: Flames GM Brian Burke said that Mathieu Schneider talked about allowing defenseman to set picks for their partners when there is a forecheck “and their is some merit to that.”
  • Mike Heika: Stars GM Jim Nill confirmed that Alex Chiasson will not travel with the team on their road trip. Chiasson was shaken up by Rich Peverley’s incident.
  • mc79hockey: Since Lockout II, teams that had a three goal leading heading into the third period were 979-6-32 in regulation.
  • Bruce Arthur: “So yeah, the only other team since 2005 to blow a three-goal lead entering the third and lose by three was also coached by John Tortorella.”
  • Sporting News NHL: Blackhawks Teuvo Teravainen could join the team before the playoffs.
  • Katie Carrera: The Capitals recall Casey Wellman and Patrick Wey from the AHL.
  • Ryan Kennedy: “The more I hear about the volatility in this year’s draft, the more I tip my hat to the NHL scouts/GMs who actually have to make the picks.”

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Morning Hits II: Garrioch Deadline Roundup, Brodeur, Klesla and Hotstove Video

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Teams are putting more value on draft picks than in the past.

    “Teams aren’t like they used to be. They want to get value for draft picks,” said a league executive after the deadline. “We found that teams put a much heavier emphasis on picks. They don’t want to just give them away anymore.

    “Teams have put a high value on them. That’s the case and that’s why teams want to pay for the first- round picks for them.”

    Both the Penguins and Blackhawks were working right to the deadline on a potential Ryan Kesler deal.

    The Senators and Maple Leafs were talking to the Islanders about Thomas Vanek.

    A couple of teams asked the Rangers about Derek Dorsett.

    The Flames would have traded Dennis Wideman, but no team wanted his contract.

    Teams were calling the Senators about Curtis Lazar.

    Talk is that Flames GM Brian Burke was demanding a first round pick for Mike Cammalleri right up to the deadline and wasn’t backing down from it.

    The Ducks were in on Thomas Vanek and moved Dustin Penner as they thought they had a good shot. They also may have thought the asking price for Cammalleri was too high.

    The Rangers and Ryan Callahan weren’t far apart when they made the Martin St. Louis trade. The Rangers wouldn’t include a no-trade clause and were in a foul mood. When talks started with Callahan, he reportedly asked for seven years and $56 million, $8 million a season.

    The Blues were willing to trade Derek Roy, but couldn’t find a fit.

  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Devils Martin Brodeur said he wants to play next year, and he doesn’t have to be a No. 1 goalie.

    “No, just to play more and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Be in the playoffs,” Brodeur said Friday. “Those were some of the requirements I had, not just being outside looking in. I didn’t want to come back to a situation like this.”

  • Darren Dreger: Sabres Rostislav Klesla: ”With all due respect to the Sabres organization, I decided this week not to continue playing hockey this season. It has been a tough year for injury and moving several times to new teams. I will now take some time off and get ready to continue my career in Europe. I would like to thank my fans and all the people that have helped me. I am grateful for the career I have had in the NHL and all the people that I have met along the way who have supported me and my family.”
  • Hockey Night in Canada Hotstove:

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Injury Notes: MacArthur, Lehtonen, Stralman, Richards, Hossa, Murray, Gustavsson, Stastny and Sbisa

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Senators Clarke MacArthur won’t need surgery to fix his injured tendon in his hand. He suffered the injury fighting Flames Chris Butler. He won’t play tomorrow, and could return next Saturday.

    “The only update I have is they don’t need to do surgery so that’s as positive as it could be,” said coach Paul MacLean before Saturday’s game.

    “It’s more to do with pain threshold and ability to hang onto the stick. Those will be the factors that go into it.”

  • Mike Heika: Stars Kari Lehtonen left after being hit by Erik Haula: “Obviously, it’s not good. He went in hard, hit the crossbar hard. The likelihood is it’s a concussion on just a dirt play. It should be suspended. A fourth liner takes out our goaltender.”

  • Pat Leonard: Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is not concerned about Anton Stralman’s ankle or Brad Richards’ wrist.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks Marian Hossa could return to the ice this week and possibly be back in the lineup next week.
  • Rob Mixer: Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray will be out four to six weeks after having knee surgery.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Jonas Gustavsson is out with a sore groin. Petr Mrazek has been recalled.
  • Adrian Dater: Avs Patrick Roy on Paul Stastny’s injury: ”We’ll know more next few days”

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Trade Deadline Fallout II: Ligntning, Flames, Sabres, Pens, Caps, Jets, Hawks, Leafs, Devils and Flyers

  • Steve Zipay: Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said that there were several discussions with Martin St. Louis about the decision to trade him. Tells media to ask St. Louis “why the Rangers.”
  • Wes Gilbertson: Flames GM Brian Burke said they agreed on terms of a deal that would have seen them take on a contract, but the other team couldn’t make it happen by the deadline.
  • Buffalo Sabres: Sabres GM Tim Murray: “I didn’t come into today expecting to trade draft picks.” Liked the forward prospects #Sabres got though. “Heavy, skilled forwards.”
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: Penguins GM Ray Shero said they asked about Ryan Kesler, but there was not a deal to be made. Shero added that their goal was to increase their forward depth and they think they’ve done that.
  • Sky Kerstein: Capitals GM George McPhee on them getting Rostislav Klesla in the Martin Erat trade: ”it’s the only way Phoenix could do the deal”
  • Paul Friesen: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff: ”I was close to paying some of those (high) prices (for a rental player).”
  • Ken Wiebe: Cheveldayoff said there was interest in some of their pending UFAs, but they weren’t in a sell-mode. Added that there were plenty of calls made on rental players, mostly forwards. He never talked about trading a first round pick.
  • Ed Tait: Cheveldayoff said there were no serious conversations about any of their core players.
  • Chris Kuc: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman: ”I always just kind of chuckle when I see all these reports. I guess that’s the world we live in today.”
  • Dave Feschuk: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said they are not ready for a rental player: ”When you can give up 1st-rd picks or top young players and not feel it, you’re ready.”
  • Dave Feschuk: Nonis said that he talked with other GMs whose ”teams with a chance to win the Cup” and they were complaining that the asking prices were too high.
  • Randy Miller:  Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Martin Brodeur: ”it’s a shame that with no substance at different times and no facts that people say things.”
  • Tim Panaccio: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said that there were “no real discussions” on Ryan Kesler other than finding out what the Canucks wanted. No real offer was made.

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Morning Rumors VII: Twitter Rumors Involving A Bunch Of Teams And Players I

  • David Pagnotta: “Since yesterday evening, seems things have picked up with Habs. Again, no guarantees, but they’re exploring multiple options on trade front”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “Teams continue to phone Vancouver on Alex Edler… Wasn’t a chip Canucks really looking to move that much but if price is right…”
  • Dave Isaac: “Keep in mind, teams can now go above 23 on their rosters, but have to be cap compliant until playoffs. #Flyers roughly $2.45 M under.”
  • John Vogl: “One thing to note about the Sabres and trades: @capgeek says they have reached their limit on retaining salaries, so any deal is straight-up”
  • John Vogl: “Sabres looking at ‘couple names’ on waiver wire, getting calls on 25 percent of roster, GM tells team site “
  • Josh Yohe: “We know Pens are willing to deal Despres. Have to wonder where his value is right now. Physically gifted. Hasn’t put it all together yet.”
  • Louis Jean: “As I reported yesterday, #Ducks very interested in Kesler. Will a deal get done by 3pm Eastern or will it happen at the draft?”
  • Craig Custance: “If Canucks get the return they’re looking for, they do have the green light from ownership to make a Kesler deal today.”
  • Spector’s Hockey: “I don’t expect #Leafs to trade James Reimer at deadline. They need him in case Bernier burns out or gets hurt down the stretch.”
  • Darren Dreger: “When looking at Brodeur trade possibilities, important to note Marty doesn’t have to be number one. Just the right opportunity/change.”
  • Michael Russo: “BLOG: #mnwild talking to the Buffalo Sabres about Drew Stafford “
  • Louis Jean: “Told it seems unlikely OLli Jokinen will be traded by #Jets. To be continued.”
  • Bob McKenzie: “Getting a sense remaining Kesler options for VAN are PIT or ANA or not trading him at the deadline. Fluid process, tho. Still time.”
  • Nick Kypreos: “Hearing the Canadiens shopping Lars Eller today. Worst kept secret is Bergevin wants more size.”
  • Mark Spector: “Out of CGY, Hudler not out of play. Could help a lot of teams, esp CHI with Hossa hurt. Would love to move Wideman contract. Unlikely.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “B’s still looking for a D-man, maybe get 1 or 2 depending on price… Options include likes of N. Schultz, Meszaros, Tallinder, among others”
  • David Pagnotta: “I expect Columbus to do more than simply trade Gaborik… They want a defenseman and could add a scorer. They’ve inquired about Cammalleri.”
  • Dale Lamontagne: “The New York Rangers have received several inquires regarding Brian Boyle, according to the New York Post.”
  • Rob Rossi: ” #Pens not sure if Kesler is still in play.”
  • Mark Spector: “Per @reporterchris, D Sami Vatanen being available should intrigue a lot of GMs. Also a sign ANA is clearing room for something big.”
  • Jim Diamond: “My guess is that Poile works out a deal to trade Legwand today. Whether or not he accepts it or not is a different story.”
  • David Pagnotta: “Colorado looking for veteran defenseman with term. Guys like McGinn, Parenteau among available players for a ‘hockey trade’”
  • Bruce Garrioch: “My friend Denis Potvin says Anaheim Ducks have made multiple phone calls on Jason Spezza. Still doubt he moves today.”
  • Nick Kypreos: “#Devils will try and move Brodeur. He told his GM last nite he wants out. Lou told him not great market but he’d try his best to do it.”
  • Chris Botta: “As of late last night, the Ducks, Kings and Sharks want you to believe they’re out on Vanek. That could change, of course.”
  • Pierre LeBrun: “As for any speculation about Kesler and Chicago, told by Hawks source that they are NOT in on that. Also not looking for a backup goalie”
  • Darren Dreger: “Nothing in the works, but if the Leafs do something today…it will be big or nothing. Let the Gardiner, Kadri rumours fly.”

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NHL Trade: Coyotes Trade David Rundblad To Blackhawks For Pick

Sarah McLellan: The Phoenix Coyotes trade defenseman David Rundblad to the Blackhawks for a 2014 2nd round pick.

Rich Hairn: The Blackhawks will also get defenseman Mathieu Brisebois.

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Afternoon Rumors I: Kesler, Edler, Luongo, Coyotes, Waivers, Callahan, McQuaid, Robidas and Gionta

  • Brian Lawton: Lawton says not to be surprised if Ryan Kesler ends up with the Blackhawks in a three way deal. There is a lot going on behind the scenes on this one.
  • David Pagnotta: The Canucks have been telling some teams that Alex Edler is no longer available to them. Teams are still poking around. It would take a big offer to get him. Edler has a no-trade clause. Pagnotta doesn’t know if a list has been submitted. Some of the teams there were told he is not available was due to the lack assets that, that organization has.
  • Jimmy Murphy: Told that trade talks involving Roberto Luongo and the Capitals are heating up. One NHL executive on the Capitals and Luongo, ”Caps are desperate. Wouldn’t surprise me.”
  • James Mirtle: Mirtle is hearing that the Coyotes are up to something. Coyotes wanting to make a playoff push.
  • Bob McKenzie: On waivers: Trevor Smith (TOR), Jake Dowell (MIN), Corey Potter (EDM), Joe Corvo and Cory Conacher (OTT), Derek Smith (CGY), Scott Gomez and Scott Clemmensen (FLA).
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”I wouldn’t be surprised if at 3 tomorrow we see deals completed and the NHL shuts them down because the money doesn’t work”
  • Steve Zipay: “Hearing it’s not only $$$ that’s separating NYR and Callahan, but no-trade/no-move issue. Of course, that’s bargaining chip for both sides”
  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins will know more about the extent of Adam McQuaid’s injury by the end of the week.
  • Jimmy Murphy: The Bruins are one of the teams interested in Stars Stephane Robidas. One NHL executive said it would ”cost definitely a 3rd rd pick maybe a 2nd”.
  • David Pagnotta: There is a report that Canadiens have offered Brian Gionta a contract extension. Not true, talks should start after the trade deadline.

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Evening Rumors: Penguins, Red Wings, Blackhawks, Leafs, Senators, Rangers, Jets and Flyers

  • Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Ryan Kesler remains the Penguins top target. The Penguins are feeling that the Flyers and Blackhawks are gaining interest in Kesler as well. If the Canucks don’t move Kesler at the deadline, the Penguins could still circle back in the offseason. GM Ray Shero wants to make a hockey deal to address their third line scoring and toughness. Shero has ownership’s backing to go all-in for Kesler because he has two remaining years on his contract. The Penguins want to keep Derrick Pouliot and Scott Harrington and give up draft picks instead. That could obviously change. A deal could also expand to include more players.

    The Penguins are also watching the Matt Moulson situation and could fall back to it if they feel they are going to lose out on Kesler, or if the Canucks plan to keep him. The Penguins won’t overpay for a rental.

    The Penguins are interested in Andrew MacDonald. Upgrading their blueline is their second priority after Kesler. The Pens maybe okay with adding a rental on the blueline.

    The Penguins have sent pro scout Don Waddell to watch the past couple NJ Devils games. The Devils have three pending free agents on the blueline: Marek Zidlicky, Mark Fayne and Eric Gelinas (RFA)

  • Mark Spector of SportNet: The Red Wings like Canucks Alex Edler and plenty of teams like Ryan Kesler. The Penguins are the front-runner for Kesler. The Blackhawks may have trouble fitting Kesler’s cap hit in. The Leafs giving up Nazam Kadri or a first to acquire Kesler in a Stanley Cup hope would be foolish.

    The Senators are still talking about adding Chris Stewart.The Rangers could be interested in Ales Hemsky for a third round pick. The Oilers don’t have a second or third round pick in this year’s draft. They will be looking for second round pick for Hemsky. Nick Schultz, Ryan Smyth and Ilya Bryzgalov could be dealt for picks.

    The Jets are looking for a winger, which could then allow them to move Dustin Byfuglien back to the blueline. It would have to be a money in, money out deal. The Jets could decide to shop Byfuglien. The Flyers would be one of many teams that would be interested.

    The Flyers are interested in Andrew MacDonald.

    The Flames will trade Mike Cammalleri.

    The LA Kings and Matt Moulson remain linked to each other.

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Afternoon Rumors I: Spezza, Stars, Hawks, Wings, Sens, Bruins, Wild, Goalies and Top 10 Rentals

  • TSN: Sources telling Darren Dreger that the Senators are ‘quietly gauging interest’ in Jason Spezza. Spezza has a no-trade clause. Spezza has one-year left on his deal and carries a $7 million salary cap hit. He has a salary of $4 million next season.
  • Pierre LeBrun: The Stars won’t be looking at rentals, looking for hockey deals.

    “Correct, we’re not going to be in the rental market,” Stars GM Jim Nill told ESPN.com Monday. “But if there’s a hockey deal that makes sense, we’ll look at it.”

    “We’re open for business, I’m always looking at things, but I’m not rushing to do something just to move a body to get a pick,” said Nill.

    LeBrun thinks the Blackhawks will stand pat. Can always change quickly though.

    The Red Wings are among the teams interested in Christian Ehrhoff. He’s a $4 million salary cap hit, but is only owed $17 million over the next seven seasons.

    Nothing new to report on Chris Phillips one-year offer from the Senators. He’s believed to be looking for a two-year extension. The Bruins could be interested, but it’s not known if the Senators would want to trade him to a division rival.

    The Bruins are among the teams interested in Andrew MacDonald.

  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: The Wild seem like a fit for Martin Brodeur. Darcy Kuemper has looked really good, but what if he falters or gets hurt? Niklas Backstrom has battled injuries all season and Josh Harding has his MS flare ups. They looked at Ryan Miller before he was dealt. Jaroslav Halak could be an option. Two questions are: Does Lamoriello want to trade Marty and will the Wild give the Devils what they would want for Marty? Viktor Fasth could be available. Same with Tim Thomas, Justin Peters and Ilya Bryzgalov.
  • Pat Pickens of SportsNet: Top 10 rental players: 1. Thomas Vanek 2. Jaromir Jagr 3. Ryan Callahan 4. Andrew MacDonald 5. Brad Boyes 6. David Legwand 7. Matt Moulson 8. Ales Hemsky 9. Chris Phillips 10. Mike Cammalleri

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Afternoon Rumors and Notes: Moulson, Kesler, Scrivens, Wings, Hawks, Waivers, Flyers, Brodeur, Bruins and Devils

  • Pierre LeBrun: Sabres Matt Moulson is not practicing today. GM Tim Murray said that Moulson hasn’t been traded.
  • Nick Kypreos: There are many people who believe that Ryan Kesler told the Canucks that he doesn’t want to play in Canada anymore if they are able to make a trade for him. He has a no-trade clause.
  • Josh Rimer: Ben Scrivens signs a two-year deal with the Oilers worth $4.6 million total according to his agent.
  • Detroit Red Wings: GM Ken Holland said that Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss won’t play tomorrow. Ansar Khan: Datsyuk is not skating today and hasn’t since leaving Thursday’s game.
  • Scott Powers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Marian Hossa will be out for two to three weeks.
  • Pierre LeBrun: On waivers today: Devan Dubnyk (NSH), Frazer McLaren (TOR), Chuck Kobasew (PIT) and Philip Larsen (EDM).
  • Hope Smoke: Leafs Claude Loiselle: ”We waived McLaren to give us some flexibility for the trade deadline”
  • Jim Matheson: The Flyers do have the assets to land Ryan Kesler. Would they do Sean Couturier or Brayden Schenn and Samuel Morin?
  • Rich Chere: Martin Brodeur: ”As of now there is nothing going on.”
  • Mark Spector: Spector keeps hearing Martin Brodeur and the Wild being linked.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: “Here is what you have to do with Vanek. You have to entice Snow to take prospects and not the big draft picks”
  • Joe Haggerty: The Bruins are looking for a top-four defenseman for the left side. They could use depth on the right side. Dustin Byfuglien is intriguing, but he’s a right shot.
  • Rich Chere: Devils coach Pete DeBoer said that both Damien Brunner and Bryce Salvador could play on Tuesday.

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Panthers Acquire Pirri From Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded center Brandon Pirri to the Florida Panthers for 2014 3rd round pick and a 2016 5th round pick.

The 22-year old Pirri was drafted 59th overall in the 2nd round of the 2009 draft by the Blackhawks. He carries a $618,333 salary cap hit this season.

Renaud Lavoie: Pirri had asked the Blackhawks for a trade a few weeks ago.

Florida Panthers: Pathers GM Dale Tallon.

“Brandon is a young and talented player who we are extremely pleased to have acquired,” said Tallon. “He has experienced tremendous success on the American Hockey League level, being named MVP of the All-Star game and winning the league’s scoring title. Pirri further adds to our depth at center along with Aleksander Barkov, Nick Bjugstad and Drew Shore. We look forward to his contributions to our team.”

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