NHL notes: Ticket prices rising for final

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

If you don't have tickets to the Stanley Cup final but want to watch the game live at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, be prepared to fork out some big bucks.

Tickets through online brokers are selling for upwards of $2,000, although there are some, uh, bargains available for seats a little further away from the action. Think hundreds instead of thousands for those tickets.

StubHub, though, says tickets to games in Vancouver being re-sold on its website are going for an average of just under $1,000, roughly $300 more than games in Boston. Other sites are reporting much higher average prices.

But there is an alternative.

The Canucks announced Monday that a limited number of tickets in "single seat locations" will go on sale by phone and internet at 10 a.m. (Pacific time) Tuesday. Others will be available Wednesday at the Rogers Arena box office and Ticketmaster centres. Prices start at $197.25.

Big raise coming

Young Tampa Bay Lightning sniper Steven Stamkos can certainly score goals but needs to learn a few things about negotiating.

Stamkos, who is set to become a restricted free agent when his entry-level contract expires this summer, has already gone on record as saying he wants to stay in Tampa. In fact, he says he can't see any reason why he wouldn't re-sign with the Lightning, according to a report on the St. Petersburg Times website.

"No. ... we're only going to get better as a team," he said in the report. "I would love to be part of it. I wanted to wait till the end and not focus on that. My focus was on this team and to do whatever I could to help this team win. We have a lot of time to get things done."

The 21-year old, who has scored 96 goals in the last two seasons, is expected to sign for around $7 million per season. His entry-level deal paid him a base salary of $875,000.

Cup, then contract

Winger Steven Anthony of the Memorial Cup-champion Saint John Sea Dogs has signed with the Vancouver Canucks.

The 20-year-old from Halifax signed an entry-level contract Monday, less than 24 hours after the Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup with a 3-1 decision over the St. Michael's Majors.

Anthony, a seventh-round draft pick of the Canucks in 2009, had 23 goals and 37 assists in 61 games with the Sea Dogs. He played four full seasons in Saint John.


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