Yesterday was a day of bad news for Blues fans: they played a sloppy game and got crushed by the San Jose Sharks, 6-2. On top of that, forward Maxim Lapierre is a troglodyte who probably should no longer be under the team's employment.
But hey, at least the Blues are reasonably priced!
In Forbes newest (and yes, it's the newest this time, I checked) look at average NHL ticket prices, the Blues ranked 25th in the league. The cost of the average ticket went up 8.27% to $105.84, which might seem steep especially after the lockout. When you compare that to other teams' increases, though, it's not so bad. Inexplicably the Florida Panthers' ticket prices rose 42.24% to $118.87 (up from $83.57). Granted, with the Cats you can buy tickets on StubHub for $7, but for primary market seats coming not only out of a lockout but also out of a year that saw the team's performace plunge, one has to think that the Panthers' new owners have a plan to adjust these rates.
The Tampa Bay Lightning's cost rose a boggling 107.74% to $101.79. For the Bolts.
The cheapest ticket in the league belonged to the Phoenix Coyotes, whose cost rose 16.9% to $76.65. Hey, having new ownership and getting people into the rink is expensive - and a great motivator for people to actually come out. Who was the most expensive ticket in the league? The Toronto Maple Leafs, of course, at an average cost of $368.60. Who would have thought Canadian mediocrity was so expensive?