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Waiting to see: Canucks tickets aren’t such a hot commodity

May 1, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks open their first-round playoff series tonight at Rogers Arena versus the San Jose Sharks, but postseason excitement isn’t exactly sweeping the city.

With reports of half-price tickets and no shortage of supply on the secondary market, it appears Vancouver hockey fans are taking a wait-and-see approach with the 2013 version of the Canucks.

Among the potential explanations:

—- Playoff fatigue. Unlike, say, Toronto, Vancouver has hosted plenty of postseason games the past few seasons.

—- Tickets aren’t cheap. Better to save up for later rounds, if the Canucks get that far. Speaking of which…

—- Lowered expectations. Confidence in the team was shaken after the loss to the Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, and was shaken more after last year’s first-round defeat to the Kings. In 2013, after back-to-back Presidents’ Trophy wins, the Canucks finished eighth overall in the standings.

—- A less entertaining product. Even the Canucks admit they don’t play the same up-tempo brand of hockey anymore.

—- The opponent. The Canucks and Sharks met in the 2011 Western Conference finals, but it wasn’t a particularly memorable series, and there’s not the rivalry with San Jose as there is with a team like Chicago.

—- Lingering resentment over the lockout.

Having said all that, the Canucks are still a major topic of conversation in town. If the result is a good one tonight for the home side, it won’t take long for playoff fever to strike again.

Related: Canucks-Sharks series preview

  1. sunking1 - May 1, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    The Canuck fans better not wait too long this year if they want to see playoff hockey. They got booted after the first round last year and it very well can happen again this year.

  2. ashtongronholz8 - May 1, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Wish this was the case in MN, I might actually be able to afford a ticket. but then again we aren’t the state of hockey for no reason.

    • mydadyourmom - May 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      ya? what are the prices to see the Wild?

      • rolstoncansnipe12 - May 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

        Over $100 each for upper deck seats on stubhub

    • nobandwagoners - May 1, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      The reason for the available tickets are the prices – they’re ridiculously high, especially if you’re not getting them with a season-ticket holder discount and have to pay the face value charged to the public. Sure, maybe you can splurge and go to one game but unless you’re pockets are really deep, then realistically you limit yourself to maybe one game per round.

      Make no mistake – the interest in the Canucks is here. The difference is the affordability of attending in person. Spend $500+ for a pair of tickets for one game or go watch at a restaurant, get a meal and drinks, take a cab home and still come out a couple hundred ahead?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      Check, brah. Pairs of tickets for game 4 start at $85 right now.

      • comeonnowguys - May 1, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Thumbed down for actually typing “brah.”

      • rolstoncansnipe12 - May 1, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        Idk where you’re looking but I can’t find nose bleed seats on that site for under $125 each

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        They might have been bought up already. $85 as of 1:53pm, haven’t checked recently. Sorry bout using “brah” too, chief. Didn’t mean to get your panties in a bunch.

      • imleftcoast - May 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        We’ll let it go captain.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        Thanks bud 😉

      • lostpuppysyndrome - May 1, 2013 at 11:33 PM

        Thanks bud 😉

  3. sjsharks66 - May 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Haha well the tank is going to be packed on Sunday.

    • soro17 - May 1, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      With Canuck fans, again and as usual.

  4. President Charles Logan - May 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM


  5. jcmeyer10 - May 1, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    The fans already know they’ve seen the best hockey Vancouver will play this season.

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - May 1, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Why aren’t Canucks tickets such a high commodity? Because the sharks are gonna while the floor with em

  7. sjsharks66 - May 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    $500 for 2 tickets?! Damn! Thats cheap…. Or the same price as high up tickets at the tank. The only difference from Vancouver is the tank and all the bars in san jose will be packed on sunday.

    • kitshky - May 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      Nice try pal but there’s literally hundreds of tickets available (for under $100) on the secondary market for game 3…

    • salmon90 - May 1, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      Yes they will be packed – just like last time these teams met in the playoffs.

      • imleftcoast - May 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

        I’d like to see them mix it up before the faceoff like in game 5 of the season.

  8. fpstratton - May 1, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    The Canucks can beat the Sharks. San Jose constantly disappoints in the post-season, and I don’t see why this year would be any different.

    • valoisvipers - May 1, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      It will be different this year because they are playing the Canucks.

      • kitshky - May 1, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        Ya, cause Vancouver’s never beaten SJ in the playoffs because this is the first time SJ is playing the Canucks… moron.

      • valoisvipers - May 3, 2013 at 2:10 AM

        @kitshky Before calling other people morons you might want to read the article or do your own research. Here is a quote from the article
        ” The Canucks and Sharks met in the 2011 Western Conference finals”
        The point I am making is the Canucks are losers and they should jump out of their window of opportunity that they are in now according AV.

  9. profsudz - May 1, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    A lot of it simply has to do with the position of the planets. With Mars currently on the other side of the solar system, the Sedins’ family members have to travel a lot farther than they have in the past to go to games, thus the lower demand

  10. barkar942 - May 1, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    I think the fans know with so many security cams around they are gonna stay home and quietly smash mailboxes in the suburbs instead of joining the riots around the stadium when they lose.
    Less chance of being prosecuted.

  11. kitshky - May 1, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Tickets are expensive, parking is (ridiculously) expensive, playoff fatigue is palatable, …and it’s kinda really nice outside this time of year.

    (and there’s just as much atmosphere in the bars…)

  12. dhillca - May 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM


  13. salmon90 - May 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Maybe Canuck fans are actually doing what every other fanbase ‘said’ they’d do by not coming back in droves post-lockout. Or was that all just talk?

    • hockeyflow33 - May 1, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      It’s the secondary market so the tickets were already purchased

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