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The price is right

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

The Buffalo Sabres have already announced ticket prices will drop between 12% and 28% when the NHL returns.

The St. Louis Blues have admitted they're dropping prices, too, though not as much.

Expect to hear similar word from the sunbelt teams in the Southern U.S. and others where the game isn't second nature.

Don't bank on the ticket blowouts to happen in Calgary, though.

Unlike what will undoubtedly happen in many NHL cities, the Flames aren't expecting to reduce ticket prices once the league and its players come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement, said team president Ken King.

"We have indicated we will certainly not be increasing prices on seats," King said. "The likely scenario, because our ticket prices are among the lowest in the league, is that they'll remain the same."

Calgary has traditionally had some of the most affordable average ticket prices in the NHL. In the 2003-04 season, they were more than $7 US below the league average of $43.57 US.

Coupled with the demand -- the equivalent of 14,600 season tickets were sold prior to the lockout starting -- the Flames won't likely need blowout prizes to lure back fans.

King did say a final decision will be made once a new CBA is in place but after meeting with about 600 season ticket holders in recent weeks, he believes prices will remain "static."


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