And they're likely going to continue to draw as long as Crosby and co. are there. Its not like they're going to dip down to those levels anytime soon. I get that Pittsburgh is "what have you done for me lately", but what city is Zach considering going to that isn't?
What is there not to get? Pittsburgh is CURRENTLY a great town for hockey and don't look to be dropping off. Detroit are good at re-loading but have trouble drawing because the economy there sucks. We have a good or a bad team and dont draw for sh!t. This is still the franchise that had trouble selling out Finals games the day of in 2003. You're lucky to get a ticket from the box office in Pittsburgh these days.
What there is to get is that you are a whining defeatist that is looking for whining excuses before anything has even happened. Everyone knew what the reality of this was over a year in advance.
They probably can't afford to throw him $25M over the course of 12 months. Oh well. It has little to do with how many asses are in the seats because I am goddamn sure the Pens also don't have a $25M TV contract.