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Sports tickets seem comically overpriced, but when you consider the amount of money and energy fans put into their favorite teams, it’s probably justified.

Ticket IQ is a cool site that breaks down what folks are paying to see live playoff hockey this year. I thought it was interesting, and thought you might too. You can check out all that info here, if what I grabbed below isn’t quite enough.

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Andrew Shaw ($577,500) punches Brad Marchand ($2,500,000) repeatedly (priceless). - Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Andrew Shaw ($577,500) punches Brad Marchand ($2,500,000) repeatedly (priceless). – Jim Rogash/Getty Images

It seems like NHL fans, media, and even some General Managers were big fans of After School Specials. After all, it’s not enough that a Stanley Cup Final is thrilling, tense, and exciting — we have to learn a lesson as well. Every Stanley Cup Final seems to turn into a teachable moment: forget all the other Finals, this is how you win the Stanley Cup.

In 2010, the lesson apparently was to go with a cheap goaltender so you can use your cap space elsewhere. And yet, in 2011, the two teams that made it to the Final had two of the more expensive goalies in the league. That year, the lesson was that you won through toughness and intimidation (rather than Vezina-calibre goaltending, apparently).

The lesson some got out of Anaheim’s Cup win in 2007 was that fighting and goonery was once again a viable way to win. The next year, the Detroit Red Wings had the fewest fights in the league enroute to winning the Cup.

With all that said, we can clearly learn something from the two teams that made it to the Stanley Cup Final this year. I got to wondering how exactly these two teams spent their money to get to this point? How did they divvy up their salary cap and is there something that can be learned from that?

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(Stick-tap to @ScottJohnson48 for his great work on the infographic.)

As an active tweeter, I quite enjoyed the infographic below – it breaks down which teams and players had the most mentions (and when) on Twitter throughout playoffs.

I recommend a couple clicks and a zoom, unless you have amazing eyesight or a massive monitor.

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It was….a lot.

When one of the game’s best players is rumored to be moved, it’s fairly interesting. Columbus fans want every piece of information they can get, as do the fans of the teams he may be getting traded to, as do the rest of us who just want to watch how the NHL landscape is going to change.

And with that, you get conversation. …Well, rumours, hearsay and speculation, really.

It all adds up to a lot of chatter. Talk a look:

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The five big names on the day

We’ve gone team by team, we showed you the insanity of Leafs nation and we broke down the early goings on during the deadline. Here are the top tweeted players during this year’s trade deadline.

Obviously the two big ones to sneak in here are Cody Hodgson and Zack Kassian. Neither player was expected to move during the deadline, but they ended up being exchanged for one another after all. At 3:35 pm when their trades broke they became the most talked about traded players on the day. Kassian led all traded players in number of mentions despite, realistically, still being a prospect.

Rick Nash was obviously the big name to be thrown out there and has been for some time now. As people played the will he or won’t he game, he was mentioned over 17,000 times and reached a potential of 16 million impressions. These numbers will be interesting to revisit once the Blue Jackets are able to explore trades for him again.

Kostitsyn was the first player to be dealt on the deadline and was the closest player to Nash territory, impression wise. His 11,014 mentions garnered him the potential to reach 15 million impressions. Not too bad for a guy who nobody knew would be getting dealt on Monday.

All in all, trade deadline day is a fascinating way to see how we talk hockey online and all the ways it can possibly break down. Even if it was a bit of a dud by history’s standards, thanks for taking part folks. It was a ton of fun for me.

Data Source: Sysomos

A late blockbuster set the Canucks off

During every trade deadline some teams stand out among the rest, and this year’s edition was no different as the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins all figured to be big players along with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks.

All of those teams put up big numbers in the social media circles today after their trade deadline antics. The Red Wings, who figured to play a larger role than they did, were only mentioned 5,742 times. Sure it seems like a lot, but when you compare that to the Predators who were active, picking up Andrei Kostitsyn and Paul Gaustad, and mentioned 8,888 times, it’s not that much activity.  The Red Wings have a much bigger fanbase though, as they had 9 million impressions to the Predators 12 million, despite the big disparity in tweets. Simply put, the Preds fanbase just doesn’t have the social media presence other teams do. Detroit on the other hand was expected to be active on deadline day but simply didn’t pull the trigger on anything. Kyle Quincey was their big acquisition this past week.

The Stanley Cup combatants in Vancouver and Boston were also very active and close in terms of mentions. The Canucks were mentioned 12, 326 times to the Bruins 11,151, while the Canucks reached a much bigger audience with their 28 million impressions to the Bruins 15 million. Boston made several moves today, but they ultimately couldn’t keep up with the presence of the Canadian teams online who really dominated twitter.

The Canucks had the highest number of tweets at a given time because of the Hodgson-Kassian swap which broke at 3:35 pm.

As we explored in our last infographic, the Leafs rule the roost with over 30, 000 mentions and 40 million impressions.

The Tweet Tracker shows us a nice balance between which teams were busy on trade deadline day and which teams have the most active fanbases.

Data Source: Sysomos