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Whilst serving notice all season long they are in amongst the cluster of top teams in MLS this season, the Montreal Impact are also making the right noises off the pitch, too. Thinking it would be beneficial to launch their season ticket renewals earlier than they did last season, the club recently announced two out of three current season ticket holders had exercised their option to renew. Having challenged his team to always give and be their very best, Impact president Joey Saputo doesnt lessen that demand for those working in the front office. "Im not taking anything away from what our guys have done and the fact we have a great season ticket base but theres still a third that havent renewed and we have to find out why they havent renewed and what we can do to make sure they will be renewing," Saputo told TSN Radio 690. He wasnt finished. "Not only that, we need to increase the season ticket base a little more. At the end of the day, we need to fill the stadium and thats what we are doing." "So its nice to know two-thirds of our season ticket base like what we are doing and want to part of what we are doing." Not only are the fans supporting the club at the box office, but now finally they are also buying into club merchandise in significant numbers. Crucially, down Stade Saputo way these days, no longer is it the case a Juventus or a Real Madrid jersey appears most prominent amongst those in attendance. Everywhere you look, a sea of blue confronts you and the punters are not merely restricting it to the token jersey. Branded apparel in all forms has suddenly become the norm. This pleases Saputo. "Merchandise sales have been doing relatively well," added Saputo. "Were very excited, were very happy with the way it is going." However, just like season ticket renewals, Saputo is more focused on strengthening where there is weakness. "One of the things we need to do is to be out there a little bit more. Right now, we are very strong inside the stadium but not as strong outside the stadium. We need to work on the team store concept outside of the stadium. Thats something we are looking at in the future." Jersey sales of certain players may well be flying off the shelves but Saputo is of a strong conviction the upsurge in sales is down to the club and the jersey itself. "Without a doubt you have the Marco Di Vaio and Bernier jerseys but I think its the jersey itself and what the jersey represents. "When we talked about the jersey and when we designed the jersey with the aspect of the fleur de lys and the cross, it represents the city of Montreal. I think we have a nice product and the jersey sells itself." Di Vaio has been much in the news himself of late. Seemingly scoring goals for fun, matters of a very personal nature may well necessitate he return home to his family come seasons end. Having grown a strong bond and deep relationship with his DP, Saputo feels Di Vaios anguish personally. "Im so disappointed that he is going through some personal issues right now back home which is weighing on whether he is going to stay or not." Not wanting to provide any false hopes to the supporters but the Impact president did confirm that under better circumstances, Di Vaio would sign his 2014 option. "This is a person who wants to stay. This is a person who wants to be here but at the end of the day, he is going to make a very, very tough decision," said Saputo. "He doesnt want to finish playing, he still feels he has a year or two left in him. Its going to be tough for him to hang up his boots at the end of this year if he decides to go back to Italy. We hope that he will stay. He is a definite asset to this organization, not only on the field but off it, too. Saputo also addressed reports from the Italian media where some suggested Di Vaios return would be in a playing capacity. "In our discussions with Marco if he goes back it is not to play," Saputo stated. "If he goes back, it is to be closer to his family and if a position was to open at a club as a Sporting Director or a General Manager of some sorts, he would definitely take a look at it. From my understanding, from what he told me, he is not looking to play. Thats what makes it difficult. He doesnt want to go back to Italy to play. He wants to stay here but hes torn between the situation with his family and staying here in Montreal." Of course, Di Vaio isnt the only Italian player who might not be trotting out at Stade Saputo in 2014. During an interview Alessandro Nesta conducted with the BBC earlier in the summer, the central defender strongly indicated he was hanging up his boots at seasons end. Saputo puts that down to Nestas jovial side as he anointed him the clubs prankster "Sandros a little bit different and obviously he has joked around a lot," offered Saputo. "He is the biggest joker in the club so sometimes you wonder what he says whether he is joking or whether he is serious. You know at times when things dont go well, he is ready to pack up and leave. At other times, he is already planning for next year. "I can tell you one thing, from a heart standpoint, he would play another 10 years but I dont know whether his legs will last that long." With a mouth-watering encounter against the Whitecaps at home Saturday afternoon, the Impact know they have to step it up dramatically if they want to have any chance of avoiding a third straight defeat. Saputo knows exactly why Columbus pulled off the shock road win but doesnt expect his players wont be up to the task come 2pm et Saturday. "We need to play it more desperately. I think its something we lacked on Saturday. We werent hungry and Columbus were. We cant give away three points at home, its not like us and the players have to understand that and I think they do." Just like Columbus, the Whitecaps are desperate for points as their playoff hopes have dwindled away. Two old foes both in need of the three points. "Theres been some great games with Vancouver in the past and this should not be any different. Its going to be a good game and our players should be ready for it," said Saputo. If the Impact win, the playoff horizon will come into full view. For Saputo though, making the playoffs wont be reason enough to celebrate. "Its been a great season and people are extremely excited with the fact its been a great season and with what weve done. Theres still a lot of work to be done for us to not only make the playoffs, but not to bow out early in the playoffs." 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He has five goals and 10 assists in 47 games with the Kings this year and still has five years remaining on his contract at an annual cap hit of $5.75 million. He is making $7 million this season, but his deal back-dives over the next five seasons, finishing with two seasons at $3 million. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie added the Calgary Flames to the list of teams that have recently talked to the Kings about acquiring Richards in exchange for a bad contract of their own. Call Me With reports surfacing over the weekend that the Dallas Stars might have interest in some blue line help from the Toronto Maple Leafs, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger told TSN Radio 1050 Torontos Mike Richards Monday morning that action on the Leafs is picking up. Dreger said trade talk picked up mid- to-late last week for Leafs management and that there is an expectation that it could further intensify in the next seven days. 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The options that might be most attractive to the Jets - according to Wiebe - are depth forwards that could bolster the teams second and third lines. He posted a top five that included Leafs duo Daniel Winnik and Mike Santorelli and Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks amongst others. Bean Counting The Boston Bruins could still be looking to bolster their forward ranks. Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe believes the Bs may circle around to Buffalo Sabres winger Chris Stewart as a possible deadline addition. Shinzawa writes that the two sides were in discussions before, but the price tag on the 27-year-old was too high to finalize a deal. Stewart has twice eclipsed the 25-goal plateau, but has registered just six tallies in 45 games this season with cellar-dwelling Sabres. He is in the final year of a two-year deal tcolding down the final wild card playoff berth in the East heading into the All-Star break, the Bruins offence could use a boost. 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