TROY, Mich. -- Just because there are going to be NHL games played again doesn't mean the fans will come to see them.
The Red Wings who have been skating at the Troy Sports Center during the long lockout are aware of this, but hope the fans will eventually forgive the sport and return.
"Everyone is allowed their opinion," Todd Bertuzzi said after the conclusion of Monday's informal skate in Troy. "I think at first there will be a few empty seats, but I think overall -- lets face it -- hockey is a great sport, its great to watch, its great to watch on TV"
Bertuzzi, Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Cory Emmerton, Mikael Samuelsson, Ian White and Patrick Eaves joined other players on the ice Monday.
There was a little more intensity to the workout than there had been in recent weeks as negotiations dragged on.
"Oh yeah, a new freshness in the air, I guess, there's something to skate for," Eaves said. "December was dull, especially after talks broke off earlier in the month."