I wasn't at the Fan Fest Wednesday night at the Coliseum -- my son's sixth birthday was a tad more important -- and while these kinds of events are generally held to satiate the faithful and pump up ticket sales, I liked what I heard.
I'm all for building through the draft and through your own organization, and the Isles are well on their way in that regard with the likes of Gervais, Campoli, Bergenheim, Okposo, Comeau and DiPietro. Let's HOPE that Snow was serious in getting a "true heavyweight" free agent up front who can help energize the attack.
Good luck building the season ticket base. Hopefully the Isles will continue to offer discounts and such but with the economy the way it is, the only way that number is going to go up significantly is if the team becomes a consistent playoff competitor and the Isles are playing in a new arena. As it is, the Isles are a mediocre team playing in a dump. Not a good combo for the attendance stats, where the Isles are last when it comes to fannies in the seats and 25th out of 30 in percentage full. Figure if the Isles averaged 15,000 a game, that would be 92 percent capacity. That would be pretty good -- but fans aren't going to come to see an average team.
Thankfully, Snow is "sick of being average." So are we.