Plenty of people have voiced their frustration and anger over the ongoing NHL lockout, but if you’re a season-ticket holder in Canada, odds are you’re still holding onto your seats.
It is believed that less than 200 season-tickets have been canceled among the seven Canadian franchises since the start of the lockout, according to the Globe and Mail.
The team that’s endured the best so far in that regard is the Winnipeg Jets. After finally witnessing the NHL’s return to Winnipeg, not a single Jets’ season-ticket holder has given up his seats as a result of this lockout.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are reporting one cancelation over the course of the lockout while the Montreal Canadiens have endured eight.
Part of the reason for that might be the difficulty involved in getting season-tickets in the first place. The Vancouver Canucks are averaging a couple cancelations per week, but they have a waiting list almost 7,000 seats long. Montreal and Winnipeg’s waiting lists are even longer.
Most Canadian season-ticket holders are also allowed to pick between getting interest on the money they’ve paid or receiving refunds as contests get canceled.
Of course, we ultimately won’t know what impact this lockout will have on the growth of the game until it ends.
The NHL recently made a new CBA proposal and the union is reportedly preparing its counteroffer.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.