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• A fairly hectic day of trades and other transactions in the NHL world Tuesday; the Senators cleared out a little salary cap room for (a) Ray Emery and (b) their high-profile, soon-to-be free agents (Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza) by shipping Peter Schaefer to the Bruins for Shean Donovan, and the Rangers cleared out a little cap room for Henrik Lundqvist's 2008-09 contract by dealing Matt Cullen to Carolina for Andrew Hutchison and a prospect.

However, I think the news that will have the biggest impact came in Pittsburgh, where the Penguins added former NHLers Tom Fitzgerald and Jason Botterill to their management staff.

Fitzgerald, a former Nashville Predators captain and all-around standup guy, will serve as the team's director of player development, while Botterill, whose career was shortened by multiple concussions, takes on the role of director of hockey administration. If the Pens are trying to surround Sidney Crosby and the NHL's best Kiddie Corps with good people, they're doing a great job.

• Lock the doors, hide the children and board up the windows – Jeremy Jacobs is handing out hockey advice again.

The ever-benevolent, players-and-fans-first Bruins owner recently stopped counting his money long enough to drop some precious pearls of wisdom on Buffalo Sabres ownership.

Evidently, the team's biggest problem wasn't that GM Darcy Regier could've signed Chris Drury last summer for a hell of a lot less than he got from the Rangers; rather, it's the fact that their fans aren't paying enough to watch them play.

“Buffalo has had a very low ticket price for a number of years,” Jacobs told the Buffalo News. “As long as the interest is strong as it is, it may be painful, but people may have to pay more for tickets.”

It may be painful, he says. This man deserves a spot on Last Comic Standing. He's been jacking up the cost of Bruins tickets for decades, and look what's happened to them. If I were Sabres owner Thomas Golisano, I'd be doing the opposite of whatever Jacobs says.


Adam Re your article about Jeremy Jacobs, I think you have "HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD". The only person who the Buffalo Sabres should listen to are the "WIRTZ'S" of Chicago. It is my belief that Jacobs and the Wirtz's are definately "IDENTICAL TWINS" that were separated at birth. Fred B. N.Y.

- Fred B.

Regarding Jacobs When I was in my twenties I had a mentor who was in his thirties. I began to realize that all the advise he gave me, was exactly the things he had done in his life which had left him broke, in a failing marraige and addicted to painkillers and credit cards. I broke off the mentor relationship and went about screwing up my own life the way "I" wanted to. Up here in New England the Bruins are off the radar. Heck, even when the Celtics were a dynasty and the never ending love affair with the Bosox was chugging along the Bruins were loved. They were talked about. The Orr-Espo teams right thru to the Bourque-O'reilly teams. Now? nobody talks Bruins. They are a sad laughingstock. The team you want to emulate the least. Can you have ever imagined, during the 70;s and 80's, thousands of empty seats for a Bruin game? Advising Buffalo to raise ticket prices, even as "Hockeytown" cannot sellout anymore in the post season "Due to" very high ticket prices, is just plain silly. I used to laugh at the people who claimed Gary Bettman and his gang were sent here by the NBA to ruin the NHL. the appointment of Jacobs and the farce going on down in Nashville ( with Vegas and Kcity in the works) has made me reconsider that accusation. So has the disappearing television coverage (where the hell is versus?) so has Sydney Crosby visiting detroit once every three years. The NHL needs a shot of new blood in the upper echelons of power. The Players association too could use some new thinking. I don't know the person for the job, it's definetley not my old mentor and it's definetley not Jacobs.

- Bob Lombardi

Adam, Jeremy Jacobs advice to the Sabres would be laugh out loud funny if it were not so insane. The fact that this man who has ruined his franchise is handing out advice to other teams is pathetic. What is even more pathetic is the fact that Jacobs has been rewarded for his incompetence by a position of power on the NHL Board of Governors.

- Brian Flynn


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