Habs fan here and I truly feel badly for the Chicago fans out there. Is it true you guys can't get home games on local cable? I can't imagine not being able to follow my team as closely as I do. In regards to your attendance figures, you guys gotta do something quick. I'm saying this because I don't want to see a team moved (worst case scenario) because of poor TV coverage and attendance figures. It's already happened here (the Expos), and it really sucks the big one.
So in closing, good luck Chicago. Your season's off to a decent start, let's just hope the fans start swarming in again.
P.S. Try to stay consistent. I can't win any money if I keep betting on what are supposed to be EASY wins against the Blues
. I'm saying this because I don't want to see a team moved (worst case scenario) because of poor TV coverage and attendance figures. It's already happened here (the Expos), and it really sucks the big one.
Hes got a point. The expos lost their fan base due to stupid issues bad TV coverage and the cleansing of talent from the team to save money. By the time it was too late they were averaging about 4500 fans in their final season. (Of course the 94 strike had ALOT to do with it.)
all this talk about the expos is depressing but i really do see a bright future in chicago so long as you keep people like havlat and khabiboulin. And you have some great prospects like toews.
Sorry for making this topic and bringing bad tidings but now that i think about it everything should be ok.
There was a time that a certain owner of a certain team gave away cars at home games to entice the fans to show up to his bottom-dwelling Norris Division team... and it wasn't Chicago.
It happens, even in Original Six cities. Fans in most cities want their team to be successful, or at least have a realistic shot at success, or they look elsewhere until the team improves. Rebuild or founder and you retain only your hardcore base. As the Hawks improve, and you can see it happening, the numbers will follow, even allowing for the disenchantment with Wirtz.
There are only a select few markets in the NHL in which success in the standings and at the box office are not directly proportional.
I think Chicago has a decent team this year. Very exciting so far, I've been following CHI games since last year : Vrbata, Vorob'ev, Bourque, Calder were real exciting, too bad you lost Calder to much-hated Philly.
Chicago needs those character players they used to have (Larmer, Roenick, etc...). Unfortunately with the salary cap world its tough to imagine players sticking with one team for pro-longed periods of time which is gonna hurt markets that need that superstar that everyone can identify with to their team. In Montreal we're lucky to have guys like Saku Koivu and even luckier we have a fan base that sells out the Bell Center even when we're losing.
If I was the Chicago GM i'd hold onto Handzus and Havlat as long as possible and build the team around guys like this