With a mixed bag of an off-season following an underdog run through the regular season and playoffs, the Ottawa Senators say they still have reasons to be optimistic about ticket sales for the upcoming season.
Pre-season and opening night tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, as do three, four and six-game packages.
After a summer that saw longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson leave for Detroit and rumbles about money issues matched up with a trade for high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan, at least one Senators fan said he won’t be buying tickets.
"I’m disappointed with the team," said fan Dave Wonderland.
"Getting rid of Alfredsson, for instance, who is a huge moral draw for the fans. If we're not going to have a Cup-winning team, at least give us our star players."
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- CBC Ottawa's Senators page
Other fans said they’re focusing on what the team’s added.
"I would rather have Bobby Ryan over Daniel Alfredsson any day," said John Quinn.
"To see Bobby Ryan and (Jason) Spezza on one line, it's going to draw a lot of excitement up," said Muhamad Adatia.
Majority of fans optimistic, survey suggests
The Senators said a survey of around 3,500 fans showed 40 per cent of respondents would be going to more games this season than the last.
More than two-thirds of respondents said they were optimistic about the team’s future, according to the Senators.
"Last year's playoffs showed what an exciting team they are, so I think fans will really stick with the team," said Michael Bonser on Elgin Street.
"I think more fans will come back," said David Mason.
"I think there will be some bitterness over the Alfredsson thing but I think that’s short term."
The team said they expect "very strong" sales Monday and a sellout for the home opener against the New Jersey Devils Oct. 17.
Individual game tickets for the rest of 2013 and January will go on sale Sept. 20.