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08:23 AM ET 10.22 | Depending on your perspective, the lockout is merely an interruption of service or a legitimate cause for not returning as a fan. [Some] have insisted they won't buy NHL tickets or merchandise this winter, regardless of how the CBA talks play out. It's likely that at least a portion of that group will embrace the NHL when it returns, regardless of how long and/or nasty the lockout proves to be, but there certainly is potential for long-term damage to the league's popularity, at least in some markets. ... Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen, who began his NHL career in Dallas, said it "absolutely" is the kind of Sun Belt city where fan interest could be eroded by a protracted lockout.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jamie Benn, Icon Sports Jamie Benn, Icon Sports
October 22, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Duh

October 22, 2012  09:02 AM ET

or a legitimate cause for not returning as a fan.

The media is not on their side. Even in large markets, the ticket prices are too high for the average man on the street.

Kill the Union, if a guy wants a job to play hockey...hand in your resume and hope for an interview.

October 22, 2012  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

or a legitimate cause for not returning as a fan. The media is not on their side. Even in large markets, the ticket prices are too high for the average man on the street.Kill the Union, if a guy wants a job to play hockey...hand in your resume and hope for an interview.

While I certainly see you point, can you imagine how awful Dwarfus Horribilius would be if there was no "protection" for the players? The owners and he would run over them like blades of grass

October 22, 2012  09:33 AM ET

Tomorrows lead story in the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette -" Water is wet"

October 22, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Someone should sit the Buttgoblin and the Fehrer down and make them watch this over and over and over......

October 22, 2012  09:57 AM ET

I don't think Dallas is alone in this scenario.

October 22, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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Tomorrows lead story in the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette -" Water is wet"

My God! Really? Thank God for the journalists in this world. Without them we'd know nothing. 'Cause like they already know nothing..............

October 22, 2012  10:18 AM ET
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My God! Really? Thank God for the journalists in this world. Without them we'd know nothing. 'Cause like they already know nothing..............

So let me see if I understand this correctly:
You put a sports team in a place where it has no history/doesn't belong/doesn't really fit...and then, as some permanent buzz is beginning to develop, you simply take it away in a fit of pique over an amout of money that people in those areas think may be excessive....and you thnk the fan base may evaporate (in the heat...)
WOW!!!!!

October 22, 2012  11:13 AM ET

I want to see the NHL play only in cities where the ponds ice over in the winter.

October 22, 2012  11:19 AM ET
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I want to see the NHL play only in cities where the ponds ice over in the winter.

I'm Spiny Norman and I approve this message
(and have said the same thing to cries of "snob"...as if I care)
and oh yeah:


THE BISHOP!!!!!!

October 22, 2012  11:30 AM ET
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I want to see the NHL play only in cities where the ponds ice over in the winter.

What if global warming takes that away from me?

October 22, 2012  11:38 AM ET

I guess it's turning this NHL season into the Not Hardly Likely

October 22, 2012  11:39 AM ET
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So let me see if I understand this correctly:You put a sports team in a place where it has no history/doesn't belong/doesn't really fit...and then, as some permanent buzz is beginning to develop, you simply take it away in a fit of pique over an amout of money that people in those areas think may be excessive....and you thnk the fan base may evaporate (in the heat...)WOW!!!!!

Yes ! Place this in the "pretty much " category LOL

October 22, 2012  12:02 PM ET

...Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen...

The Penguins have defensemen? ;)

October 22, 2012  12:20 PM ET
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What if global warming takes that away from me?

That question may be a tad too deep for this thread I'm afraid.

October 22, 2012  12:22 PM ET
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That question may be a tad too deep for this thread I'm afraid.

I have a call into Al Gore's office to find out and while I was at it I sent him a thank you card for inventing the internet.

October 22, 2012  12:36 PM ET
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I want to see the NHL play only in cities where the ponds ice over in the winter.

Amen Bishop! And when the time comes when Dallas no longer has the support it needs and leaves/contracts, can we get our name (North Stars) and colors (Green/Gold) back here in the North where they belong? Thank you for your time and consideration. Keep hockey in the North!

October 22, 2012  02:11 PM ET
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Amen Bishop! And when the time comes when Dallas no longer has the support it needs and leaves/contracts, can we get our name (North Stars) and colors (Green/Gold) back here in the North where they belong? Thank you for your time and consideration. Keep hockey in the North!

Nacho you're not allowed to make intelligent remarks with the flag hand as an avatar

October 22, 2012  02:26 PM ET
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Nacho you're not allowed to make intelligent remarks with the flag hand as an avatar

With a name like Nacho there has to be an avatar somewhere on the net to be able to identify with.

 
October 22, 2012  02:53 PM ET
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Amen Bishop! And when the time comes when Dallas no longer has the support it needs and leaves/contracts, can we get our name (North Stars) and colors (Green/Gold) back here in the North where they belong? Thank you for your time and consideration. Keep hockey in the North!

Once you cross the Mason Dixon line, there is no business having hockey there. They are too stupid and inbred to understand something as simple as icing.

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