I was at the last home game against Boston in April, and witnessed Nordiques Nation first hand. I even got to speak with some of them on the concourse prior to the game. They seem like a great bunch of fans, and it is was fun seeing the lively atmosphere they brought to that game.
That being said, it will be embarassing for us to have them do what they did in April again this season. They can say that they are just looking to draw attention to the fact that they want a team back in Quebec, but it is no coincidence that they attend games on Long Island and in NJ. Everyone in Canada believes that, if your team doesn't sell out the arena on a nightly basis, then that team needs to be moved to Canada. Nordiques Nation can say (publicly) that they are just trying to show the NHL that Quebec would support a team again, and they are not trying to show that the teams they visit are potential candidates to move there, but there are clear and subtle undertones to their attendance at these games as they believe we are a target to move to their city in the relatively near future.
I personally believe that they will be rooting for the Devils again even if they attend the game against the Jets. I just don't think any of them want to end up in a confrontation with pissed off Devils fans, have a fight break out, and put a black eye on their cause. For me, having them here once was enough, and it goes to show how dismal our attendance truly is.
has a schedule of five games they're attending this season. Long Island is not on the list, but Boston and Detroit are. I really don't think they're trying to tell two Original Six clubs (that have no trouble drawing a crowd) that they should relocate to Quebec City.
Edit: Fixed a mistake. Said they were going to Chicago when they're actually going to Detroit. Point still stands.
Edited by DaneykoIsGod, 29 September 2011 - 09:52 AM.