The more I think about it, the more I'm positive that the owner of the Express pulled the plug too soon. Not doubting he lost money in their inaugural and only season, as I can personally attest to the small crowds that were there, but there are going to be a lock of hungry hockey fans in Chicagoland that the Wolves alone aren't going to be able to sustain.
An even cheaper live alternative probably would've been at least a decent sell in the NW suburbs and Fox Valley, especially with the fact that fans wouldn't have to missed televised Hawks games.
Well, there's still the Wolves and the Steel in the Chicago area now that the Hitmen are gone and the Blackhawks are locked out.
Steel are essentially a non-factor, though. Not going to lie, I'm going to go to a game or two of theirs should the lockout last a few months, but they essentially play in a practice facility and Bensenville is more famous for being slowly gobbled up by O'Hare than as a locale for watching sports.