red lights than Cory Schneider.
The NHL has returned to action after a lengthy work stoppage, and for many teams the first order of business was to get to work on repairing their relationship with angry fans. Whether it was free tickets, discounted merchandise or meet-and-greets with players, just about every team was trying to earn some positive publicity.
Of course, some franchises were more creative than others. Here's a look at how some of the teams around the NHL are trying to make things up to their fans.
Los Angeles Kings: Diehard fans will receive a complimentary DVD titled "The LA Kings from May 2012 to today: A complete history, as far as you know."
New York Rangers: Coach John Tortorella will answer one question from each of the 17,000 fans in attendance during a special pre-game event that's scheduled to last five minutes.
St. Louis Blues: In a special post-game auction, fans will have a chance to bid on the game-worn jerseys and equipment of the various opposing players who have been undressed by Vladimir Tarasenko.
Phoenix Coyotes: The first 10,000 fans get to try to explain the economics of hockey in Phoenix to the remaining 2,400 fans.
Ottawa Senators: Each game, one lucky fan will win a complimentary breakfast for two, which will be delivered the next morning as they're still sitting in the traffic jam in the Scotiabank Place parking lot.
Calgary Flames: General Manager Jay Feaster has announced that any fans purchasing seats for a regular season game will be eligible for a discount on this year's playoff tickets and hey wait everyone he's actually serious why are you all laughing?
Montreal Canadiens: All fans aged 18 and under get to casually mention that the Habs have never won a Cup in their lifetime and then enjoy the awkward silence from all the old guys sitting nearby.
Vancouver Canucks: One lucky spectator will get an official Canucks jersey and ball cap, a front-row seat, and also $7 million dollars, because they are Roberto Luongo.
Toronto Maple Leafs: One random fan gets a job as a special advisor to the MLSE board of governors, since that's apparently what ownership gives to people they have no intention of ever seeing again.
Nashville Predators: For each home game, fans who purchase tickets, concessions and team merchandise can have the chance to place their money directly into a wheelbarrow being held by a smirking Shea Weber.
Minnesota Wild: Zach Parise and Ryan Suter will take part in a special autograph session together, because God forbid they ever sign anything without getting each other's permission.
Colorado Avalanche: Any fans 14 and under will be offered heavily discounted tickets, and any second-line centers 21 and under will be offered a heavily discounted contract.
San Jose Sharks: One lucky fan will win a personal grooming kit that's still in its original wrapper because it's belonged to Brent Burns since last summer.
Detroit Red Wings: The team has promised a nonstop series of giveaways that will start on opening night and last all season long, although come to think of it they may have been referring to their new blueline.
Boston Bruins: Every fan at the home opener gets a chance to be repeatedly punched in the face by an enraged Jeremy Jacobs shouting "I REGRET NOTHING!"