Just about everyone involved in the NHL lockout understands that there has been damage done to fan support in a lot of markets.
Anecdotal evidence suggests Pittsburgh isn't necessarily one of those, but Penguins center Sidney Crosby still realizes that there are bridges to the paying public that must be repaired as something akin to normalcy returns to the NHL.
"I think there definitely are a lot of people frustrated by this process," he said. "It has been ugly and has affected a lot people.
"It might take some time to earn back the respect of those who have seen what's gone on during the last six months it's not something anyone liked going or expected it to play out the way it did
"I know I didn't think it would happen the way it did. I think all of that being said, though, the sport prior to this happening had a lot of momentum and the passion and interest were as high as they had ever been.
"Hopefully, that's something we can all work toward and get back the trust and respect of the fans who make this sport what it is today."
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