With the NHL lockout reaching the point of extreme frustration for fans, many have to decide whether or not to come back if a deal is ever struck. As negotiations continue in New York, a deal seems as promising as it has yet throughout this work stoppage. For some franchises though, it might be too late to retain their fans.
Throughout the lockout, fans have become disengaged with hockey. Some feel that the lockout is a joke; rich people arguing with richer people about ridiculous sums of money. Others wonder how a commissioner could run his sport into sports oblivion, not once, but twice during his reign. Some side with the owners (although, not many). Others side with the players (again, not many).
Regardless, what the fans want is an end to the work stoppage and for the winter warriors to lace up and play now.
Hockey needs to wake up and recognize that some of its franchises are in trouble and the only way to save them is to play the game.
This list will look at five franchises that will have trouble regaining fans once the lockout is broken.