Seattle Seahawks Tickets – Seahawks Look To Nhl For New Exec

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Most of the time, when a coach or exec leaves a team in the National Football League, the team looks to someone inside of the NFL for a replacement. The Seattle Seahawks, though, decided to look at another professional sports team for their latest exec replacement. News sites are reporting that the team is adding Peter McLoughlin as their new CEO, replacing departing CEO Tod Leiweke. McLoughlin is currently the CEO of the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League.

McLoughlin has been the CEO of the St. Louis Blues Enterprises since 2006. He was brought on to manage the Blues’ business operations like sales, marketing and finance. In his years since joining the Blues, his strategies have helped the team sell out many home games. Prior to his time in the NHL, McLoughlin spent more than two decades with Anheuser-Busch, which led to experience working in sports marketing campaigns. One of his roles at Anheuser-Busch was as their Vice President of Corporate Media.

His experience in sports extends before his time with Anheuser-Busch, because he also worked as senior unit manager at NBC Sports earlier in his career. In addition to his role as the Blues’ CEO, the Harvard graduate is also on the board of directors for the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association, Regional Business council, United Way of St. Louis, Boy Scouts of the Greater St. Louis Area and St. Louis Sports Commission. According to NFL.com, McLoughlin will also fill in for Leiweke to help with Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer, where Leiweke was the CEO.

While the business side of the Seahawks may be focused on a new CEO, those with Seattle Seahawks tickets are more concerned with what is happening on the field. For the Seahawks, they have already had to deal with two injuries within the first two weeks of the season. The first came with right guard Max Unger injured his toe in the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. The injury landed him on injured reserve and ended his season. Unger was the team’s second-round draft pick from 2009, and he started every game in 2009. Evan Dietrich-Smith was behind Unger in the depth chart, and the Seahawks also resigned guard Mansfield Wrotto to fill his spot on the roster.

The team will also be without linebacker Leroy Hill, but perhaps not for the entire season. Following the Week Two loss to the Denver Broncos, the Seahawks announced that Hills suffered an Achilles’ tendon injury. The Seahawks are staying mum on his possible return, but did say it wouldn’t be anytime soon. Hill was out of the first game of the season against the San Francisco 49ers because of a suspension from the league. Hill has been with the Seahawks since he entered the league in 2005 and has been a starter ever since. In his career, he has tallied 375 tackles, 14.5 sacks, 11 passes defended and six forced fumbles. The team has David Hawthorn and Will Herring to fill in at outside linebacker.

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Philadelphia Flyers 2010-11 NHL Predictions

The Flyers 2009-10 regular season came down to a shootout in the final game of the season. The Flyers won that shootout, earned a No. 7 seed and proceeded to shock the world and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

After that improbable run Philadelphia will certainly not be sneaking up on anybody this season. The Flyers remain one of the more physical teams in the league, but in last year’s postseason their skill players showed that this team has that added offensive dimension to make an extended postseason run.

Mike Richards and Jeff Carter both surpassed 30 goals and 60 points last season. There is a ton of depth behind them with Daniel Briere (26 goals and 27 assists last season) and youngsters Claude Giroux and James van Riemsdyk. Chris Pronger has meshed right in with the Philadelphia defensive rotation.

Anybody who just watched Philadelphia in the playoffs might think that the goaltending situation is a strength of the team, but entering the season it appears to be the biggest question mark. Waiver-wire acquisition and former third-fiddle goaltender Michael Leighton emerged as one of the more valuable commodities in the playoffs. After Ray Emery and Brian Boucher were sidelined with injuries, Leighton took the reins. He certainly had his moments, but he was far from consistent. Despite catching lighting in a bottle and carrying Philadelphia to the Stanley Cup Finals, his career record in the NHL remains 34-40-10. The defense will need to do its best to cover up for Leighton’s shortcomings.

The Flyers hit the road to open the season as they have the unenviable task of helping the Penguins christen their new arena on Thursday, Oct. 7. The Flyers and Penguins will actually meet three times in October. After a road trip to St. Louis for Game 2, the Philadelphia Flyers schedule eases up with a five-game homestand.

Offseason Moves
Arron Asham is suiting up for division rival Pittsburgh while former Penguin, veteran winger Bill Guerin has a decent shot of earning a roster spot in Flyers’ training camp. Simon Gagne is off to Tampa Bay and goon Riley Cote is retired and replaced by enforcer Jody Shelley. The Flyers are the latest team to take a chance on journeyman forward Nikolai Zherdev, it is a low-risk gamble on the fourth-overall draft pick in the 2003 draft, but there is a high reward to be had.

Philadelphia Flyers Predictions: Outlook
They were two games away from the Stanley Cup, but they were also one shootout loss away from missing the postseason. That needs to be remembered when setting honest expectations from this group. Philadelphia has weapons and the bodies to play the physical brand of hockey Philadelphia fans have become accustomed to. There is plenty of potential amongst the second and third liners, but for the most part it is unproven.

Philadelphia Flyers Futures Odds
A year after winning the Eastern Conference, the Flyers’ hockey odds of repeating are +700. Their odds to win the Stanley Cup are +1200. Within the division they have the third best odds (+350) to win the Atlantic. Their season win total ‘over/under’ is 42.5. Odds are courtesy of BetUS.

NHL Predictions for Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers have the talent and experience to separate themselves from the Rangers and Islanders in the Atlantic Division, but likely will not be able to hang with the Penguins and Devils for an 82-game season. Do not be surprised if Philadelphia’s playoff future is still in jeopardy as the season winds down. Philadelphia ‘under’ 42.5 wins looks to be one of the strongest NHL future plays right now.

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