Usually when things do not run as smoothly as you wish, you try your best to improve them without letting the world know you are on the hot seat. Especially if you are a National Hockey League team, right? Well clearly, the Montreal Canadiens have decided to take another - controversial - approach, and knowing their fan base, this will get a lot of heat!
According to a local insider, the webpage Dans Les Coulisses, who posted the information in French on their Twitter account, it has been revealed that the Canadiens have contacted their season-ticket holders to see if they would be willing to buy more tickets and subscribe to more seats for the upcoming season.
Things have gotten out of hand in Montreal, especially in the past weeks when it was revealed that veteran defenseman Shea Weber would be out for half of the season after undergoing unexpected surgery to repair a meniscal tear in his right knee. This procedure was performed on June 19 by Dr. LaPrade at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, but the Canadiens waited weeks to inform media and their fans, who purchased their tickets for the next season in the meantime.
It seems that, while fans weren't aware at the beginning of the month of July that Weber would be out for five to six months, the ticket sales weren't as promising as previous years and now the Habs are begging their fans to help them out.
In the meantime, fans still have no idea what will happen to captain Max Pacioretty, who has been on the trade block, then removed to hold contact negotiations, only to fall back on the market. Tuesday’s rumour that general manager Marc Bergevin had informed Pacioretty that there will be no contract extension forthcoming from the club, and that the Habs GM was seeking a trade for his most consistent scorer sent shockwaves through the Montreal media and fan base alike.
We aren't sure this will help the organization's hopes to convince fans to purchase more tickets...
The Canadiens have also yet to find a solution down the middle to acquire a quality centre to boost the team's lacking offense. Let's just say fans will need the team to make a statement move in order to persuade them to come to games, and especially, to buy more tickets...
What do you say?