Season-ticket sales on the rise around the NHL


File this under “reasons to avoid a lockout” – according to SportsBusiness Journal, season-ticket sales are going just swimmingly around most of the NHL.

Among the notables:

—- Dallas Stars, up 5 to 10 percent

—- Florida Panthers, new sales up 148 percent compared to this time last year

—- Los Angeles Kings, expect to sell out of season tickets for the first time since moving to the Staples Center in 1999

—- St. Louis Blues, new sales up “significantly”

The only team that reported decreased sales was Columbus.

Six teams — Calgary, Carolina, Colorado, Edmonton, the New York Islanders and New York Rangers — declined to comment. Of those six, Carolina, Colorado and the Islanders would be the most interesting to know.