Bruins cut fans a break

MIKE ZEISBERGER, TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:55 PM ET

Ten bucks will barely get you a hot dog and drink at the pricey Air Canada Centre, where a game ticket leaves a significant dent in your bank account.

But in Boston, $10 US will get you a seat for a Bruins game this upcoming season.

"We are going to set aside eight different sections in our building with at least two rows of $10 tickets," Bruins executive vice-president Charlie Jacobs told Boston reporters. "In addition, at the beginning of the season starting in October, we're going to offer free admission to any child under the age of 12 and we'd like to run that through Thanksgiving."

Jacobs added that almost every category of ducat would have a price rollback of some sort."

DONE DEAL?

A new Player Transfer Agreement has been reached between the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation according to a report on TSN.ca.

According to the story, the tentative IIHF agreement includes provisions for the orderly and prescribed transfer of all European players, including Russians. The Russians had been insisting they negotiate their own separate deal.

The new deal is said to contain a provision that effectively makes this summer open season on any NHL prospects in Europe, even if they are under contract to European clubs. NHL teams apparently have a deadline of Aug. 15 to sign any of their European prospects, even if they're under contract.

Under terms of the deal, the Pittsburgh Penguins can sign Evgeni Malkin, the second overall pick in the 2004 entry draft, even though Malkin is under contract to a Russian club team for this season.

DECISION TIME FOR STEVIE Y

The future of Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman will be decided this week.

It's expected the 40-year-old will play one final season with the Wings -- although it has yet to be announced -- and will sit down with general manager Ken Holland some time next week to discuss his future. Keep in mind that he also received an invite from GM Wayne Gretzky to attend Team Canada's Olympic training camp in Kelowna, B.C.

RED LINE BLUES?

Veteran Gary Roberts has concerns about the removal of the centre-ice red line.

"The only worry I would have .... is it would slow the game down even more by teams that are having a tough time scoring," he said. "They would back up further in their own zone and there would be no forechecking. Then I would definitely be done if there was no forechecking."


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