The 2013 NHL season is almost here and a lot of the talk going into opening weekend is how the NHL will make it up to the fans. It was quite clear this time around that writing "Thank You Fans!" on the ice was not going to cut it as many fans have considered the latest lockout the final straw. The NHL and its teams have some work to do to make up for this shortened season, and simply giving a discount on NHL Centre Ice won't cut it. Teams are already rolling out the promotions to get fans to the rink and buying gear again, but we have some of our own ideas as to how each NHL team should repay their fans.
Anaheim DucksIn a pre-game ceremony before their opening night, Ryan Getzlaf will finally bic his balding head.
Boston BruinsBurins President, Cam Neely, will dress up like Sea Bass and sign autographs.
Buffalo SabresTo get fans excited for the upcoming season, Sabres announcer Rick Jeanneret will record your voicemail for you. "YOU'VE REACHED LA-LA-LA-LA-LA-LAURA, BUT SHE'S NOT HERRRRRE. MAY DAY! MAY DAY! MAY DAY!"
Before their home opener, Flames GM Jay Feaster, will promise not to give out any No Trade Clauses this year.
Carolina HurricanesOne lucky fan will get to go to prom with Jeff Skinner in June.
Chicago BlackhawksAfter the Hawks first game two lucky fans will be chosen to hold Patrick Kane's legs up while he does a keg stand at centre ice.
Colorado AvalancheFree financial advice to fans from the father of defensive prospect, Tyson Barrie.
Columbus Blue Jackets
A Rick Nash and Jeff Carter jersey burning bonfire will be held at the tailgate party before opening night.
Thanks to the signings of 40-year-olds, Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney, every fan will get Seniors Discounts at concessions.
Detroit Red WingsFree Little Caesars Crazy Bread Sticks for everyone!
Edmonton OilersBased off their team show, Oil Change, the Oilers will continue to document the young Oilers living in a mansion with the Oilers Octane girls.
Florida PanthersThe Panthers should offer dirt cheap season because they are the Florida Panthers. And toss in a free team jersey. And give free parking. Oh wait, that's a real thing . Season tickets work out to $7 bucks a game.
Los Angeles KingsNot only for a distraction to opposing coaches and players, but the row of seats behind the opposing bench will strictly be reserved for porn stars. The fans get to see them and the Kings perform better on the ice. It's win-win for everyone really.
Every home game each fan will go home with an autographed picture of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter... signed by Chuck Fletcher.
Montreal CanadiensClearing out their merchandise stock, each fan in attendance will receive a Scott Gomez jersey to do with as they please.
Nashville PredatorsOne lucky female fan at each home game will win a trip to the mall with Mike Fisher where he will hold their purse for the day.
New Jersey DevilsDevils fans will be given Zach Parise's home phone number and cell number to tell them how they feel... at 3:30am on gamedays.
New York Islanders
Every time the roof at Nassau Coliseum leaks each fan will go home with a rain jacket and hat with the Fish Sticks logo on them.
New York RangersRangers rock star goalie, Henrik Lundqvist, will play guitar solos of classic songs at every home game to introduce the rest of the team.
Philadelphia FlyersThe Schenn brothers have teamed up with Hershey and now have a chocolate bar that will be given out for free at every home game.
Coyotes fans were already repayed during the lockout as their taxes won't be as high this year. Hey oh!