Wild try to keep fans from bailing during lockout

The Minnesota Wild are offering season ticket holders 10 percent

interest in return if they keep their accounts paid in full during

the NHL lockout and don’t request a refund.

The Wild announced Monday they’ll credit those season ticket

holders for any canceled games, plus 10 percent interest on the

dollar value of tickets for the lost games. That can be applied

toward future games or subsequent season renewals. Credit will be

issued when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached

between the owners and players.

The lockout began late Saturday. The work stoppage is poor

timing for the Wild as much as any other NHL team. They’ve reported

the equivalent of about 4,000 new season tickets sold since stars

Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were signed on July 4.