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What Will It Take For The NHL To "Make Whole" With The Fans?

As you might imagine, news of the lockout’s end has made most of us pretty excited.  With the abbreviated NHL season getting ready to take off, there’s much to talk about.  Who’s going to make the opening lineup?  How will this year’s goaltending shake up?   What about that “wow” move?

Here’s one that I’ve neglected to mention for the duration of the lockout:  What about the fans?

Look, I understand that the fans are sometimes an afterthought when it comes down to brass tacks.  We buy tickets, we buy merchandise, we buy eight dollar beers and other extravagantly priced concessions, and we tend to come back (for the most part) after work stoppages.

Shortly after the last lockout ended, I had a conversation with a good buddy of mine who’s father played for the Oilers at one time.  Not surprisingly, we were ecstatic that NHL hockey was back.  Buddy said that it was a damn shame that the NHL didn’t do anything to reach out and say “thanks” to the fans who were forced to sit out an entire year.

And he was right. Fans deserved something.  Something bigger than “Thank You Fans” painted in two languages on the ice.

So, I asked Twitter for some suggestions.  Here are a few.

That’s a start.



How about complimentary NHL Gamecenter for the 2013 season?  This one works for some.  If you’re in Edmonton and your top team is Anaheim (or another team that’s not on TSN/CBC all the time), then this really works for you.  As long as the team you’re following isn’t on local or national TV, then you can watch that game on your computer or other device that can pull an internet signal. But, Rangers fans want to see the Rangers, and a lot of them are from NY. Penguins fans are from Pittsburgh…you get the idea.  It’d be an $80 gift from the NHL to the fans.  That’s not bad.

People are angry at the NHL.

What will it take for the NHL to make right with the fans?

What will it take for you to forget about the past four months?  A merchandise coupon?  Tickets?  A musical telegram from Nail Yakupov?

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