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11-15-2012, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Crows View Post
Most hardcore fans will be back yes.. The leagues problem is they will lose huge amounts of casual fans. People that were just getting in to hockey.

Florida, Columbus... Places like that will be hit hard.

There is no Crosby draft this time around.
In Columbus the hardcore fans will return immediately. The casual fans will return when (if ever) the CBJ demonstrate for 6 weeks to 2 months that they can be competitive/have some reasonable hope of making the playoffs. That is the nature/definition of casual fans. Losing a season to a lockout will have little effect on this. I suspect that it is the same with several other U.S. teams.

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