The fans? The "fans" can STFU. The fans will take whatever the Aquas dish up to them, smile, & bend over begging for more. This has been proven time & time again with each & every lock out. Fans say they're pissed & are going to stay away in droves. Yet the puck drops on yet another lock-out shortened season and the fans line up around the block to buy another 3rd jersey. The fans don't have the will power to stay away and send a message.
Not sure this is really true, especially after this season. If anything, the Aqua-men seem very concerned and susceptible to public/fan opinion. I think they wanted to keep Lou and ride him out a couple more years, but after the Heritage game mishap, they were finally willing to eat some salary and pulled the trigger to move Lou out of town. At one of the final games of the season, there was the "fire Gillis" chant from the fans and a couple days later, they fire their hand picked GM and bring in the much beloved hockey icon Trevor Linden, despite the fact he has no management experience of a hockey club at any level (not even pee-wee, bantam, college, junior) and has zero front office hockey experience. They give Trevor the freedom to do what he wants, even fire the coach who they brought in not even 1 year ago and had like a 5 year contract.
I think ticket sales took a big hit this past season and they don't like it. The Aquas seem to want to cater to the fans, have a product that will keep the fans coming and keep the building full every night. Even if they have to pony up and open up the cheque book to move out some unpopular personalities and some mistakes, they'll do it.