there are fans out there in pittsburgh and for any of you to say different are absolutely crazy. the problem with pens fans not going to games is because people cant afford to go. with the way the game was going and the absurd pricing of tickets scared everyone but the companies away. pittsburghers do not hate the team, they just couldnt afford it. we love the pens. plus i dont remember too many sellouts in madison square gardens since 1994 when you all jumped off the bandwagon after that cup the rangers bought not won.
as for the comments “an organization that tanked for three seasons” those of us who pay attention to sports tend to call this REBUILDING. the pens traded away most talent and albatross contracts because our front office 1. couldnt afford big contracts and 2. saw the lockout coming and went with a youth movement. they were the only smart ones. so yes while most laughed at our struggling franchise, teams like the rangers gave ridiculous contracts to jagr, kasparitis, holik etc. so yes we did have to endure some pretty crappy teams, but look who is sitting pretty now. this “tanking” you say (mostly rangers fans) happens just about every year by teams in baseball basketball and football to shed dead weight and prepare for the future. its great our front office realized it and the front offices at the NYR just kept spending and spending. it was funny to read in the paper that they quoted someone in the rangers organization “i think we are going to go with a youth movement to see where that takes us” hindsight is 20/20. im glad the pens went to the youth movement 3 yrs ago. towards the end of the last year of hockey it was great to watch the youngsters get the game going again and the city was excited and slowly coming back, but the lockout struck and now with Sir Sid, the city is ecstatic about hockey. we have tons of cap space, ticket prices are down and now mario, sid , recchi and company are ready to roll.
its a great day for hockey….that is unless your a rangers fan]]>
The fans want nothing to do with putting any semblence of a tax dollar into the new arena, and it’s been 6 years since Lemieux brought to the table a need for a new arena.
The fanbase is 90% fairweather, I have friends who are Pens fans that live there, and they think it’s pathetic that this team is still around when it’s miniscule fanbase wants nothing to do with helping out the team.]]>