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Time waits for no one…

But NHL fans do. As I read on this Sunday morning of negotiations, possible start dates, and salary cap limits, James Mirtle's piece in the Globe and Mail on Friday sticks in my mind. It noted that amonst the Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Senators, altogether only a handful of season ticket holders had cancelled. Based on comments from other Canadiens teams as well, we're talking ten or less on average city to city. That's a stickiness factor most businesses would die for.  

So, 110 odd days into this lockout, perturbed with both the NHLPA and the NHL, I'm genuinely curious to see whether the fans come back. Numbers like that certainly suggest they will - and I've never doubted they would eventually. But I had always thought there might be a lag. Perhaps there will be in the less dedicated hockey markets? 

And so we continue to wait. Hopefully, in a week or two, we'll no longer be having this protracted conversation, players will be back on the ice, and games will be in sight. With Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr involved though, I won't be hopeful until the documents are signed and the players have voted. It ain't done until it's done. 

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The Upper Canadien is your one stop shop for all things Montreal Canadiens. Since the summer of 2010, I've been providing Habs related news, notes, and most importantly, opinions. As a blogger, I don't believe it's my job to report the news, it's my privilege to comment on it. You may disagree with what I suggest. In fact, you most likely will. But that's the great part about blogging: it spurs opinion, comment and engages all involved. I've really enjoyed all the debate and commentary from readers thus far and I encourage everyone to respond with ideas on lineups, trades, logos, sweaters, mascots, whatever. The Upper Canadien is a conversation for all hockey fanatics.

I've come to Kukla's Korner with four years of campus radio and three years of sportswriting from my time at Mount Allison University on Canada's East coast. Not only do I not have any professional journalistic training, after five years in the corporate world, I've spent much of the past two years completing an MBA. Business by day, hockey by night, I'm a Canadiens fan through and through. I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

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