|I think the extreme live and die by Ur team and taking some sort of civic pride in the teams is all but dead with current fans!
Posted: 12/5/2012 10:35:10 PM
People will watch out of habit!
The biggest loss will be the perception of the players! They are now on the same level of basketball and baseball players! They seem like mercenaries without a conscience. Twitter and hiring a baseball lawyer for hire were mistakes!
Only reason why traction was recently made was since the baseball and basketball guys are out of the room!
The NHL if they are smart won't continue to talk to the fans like sheep since they've been treated like so these last few mOnths!
No thank you fans on the ice or lame marketing campaign will impress anyone.
This was once a great blue color sport. If the NHL celebrates the roots of the game and it's history by simply stating a return to normalcy. Then, that's a start!
The NHL can't assume people will flock back like nothing happened. Start small and cater to the hardcore by not insulting their intelligence. Eventually, fans will fall back in love with these "brand" teams in the NHL whether it's the Bruins, Leafs or Flyers!
There are no quick fixes like drastic rule changes, salary caps and broken promises to lower ticket prices like in 2005 at their disposal!