“We’re here. We’re not going anywhere,” winger Scottie Upshall said referring to his embattled Phoenix Coyotes. “If we’re winning games, why not come support a winning club?”
Answer: Because you’re the Phoenix Coyotes.
In all seriousness, if I were one of the team’s few fans last year, I probably wouldn’t be back right now.
The summer shenanigans of “we’re here”, “we’re gone”, “we’re in court”, “okay the NHL is buying us”, “oh wait, the NHL is buying us but has said they’re going to move us next year”, “maybe”, would leave a bad taste in anyone’s mouth.
Add in the fact Phoenix is already a fickle market, and most people in the desert would probably rather play golf then shell out for a hockey game — you’ve got yourself a losing combination.
The summer’s uncertainty and long, dragged out court battle has left fans saying “see ya, and good riddance”… and that means it’s pretty much already signed and delivered that this team will not survive in this location. This isn’t a fan base that is going to rally together and scoop up season tickets in record numbers to save the team (see: Calgary Flames 1990s).