Canadiens Ticket Sales "Fine," But Owner Knows Wins Must Happen
Canadiens Owner Geoff Molson said season-ticket sales “are fine” after the team finished last season with the fourth-lowest point total in the NHL, but acknowledged it needs to “start winning” to maintain fan support, according to Stu Cowan of the MONTREAL GAZETTE. He said following a “tough season there are some [fans] that are less interested” in renewing their tickets, but that means other fans “have an opportunity to get in.” Molson noted the ticket market is “different” than in the recent past. Molson: “Five years ago before the re-sale market opened up pretty much everybody had to make sure they got their tickets by September. And now with all the re-sale markets out there people can wait and they can buy their tickets at the last minute if they need to.” Cowan noted there was a lot of talk about “empty seats last season at the Bell Centre.” Molson said, “The best thing that we can do as an organization is to give our fans confidence that we’re going to win and we’re going to perform.” The team on Monday traded captain LW Max Pacioretty to the Golden Knights, the latest move in rebuilding the roster, but Molson downplayed that fan unrest would result from the move. He said, “We have the most knowledgeable, best fans in the world and I think they understand what we’re trying to do here” (MONTREAL GAZETTE, 9/11).