Originally Posted by westofyou
Good points, folks want instant winning, but being an expansion franchise is no easy task. Look at Nashville, they still could lose their franchise and they just finally made it to the summit of being a productive franchise. Long term stability is pretty important in entrenching oneself into a marketplace. If folks love the BJ's when they don't win, then they'll adore them when they do. Mostly because a culture of hockey has been instilled, one that exceeds ECHL or IL league standards.
You are right. David Poile (Nashville GM) completely ignored marketing hockey in Nashville. So now that they are winning games, nobody sees them. At least Doug got that part right. What other teams do you know of that have naver had a winning season can still fill their building 92% every home game? Granted, that won't last long if they don't put together a legitimate playoff push, but that's also why Doug was let go.
McClain got the franchise off the ground and now it's time for somebody else to take them to become a winner.