Relocation News: All Winnipeg NHL related news Day 11

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,Dixie Drama,Drama in the Desert,Drama in the Desert & Dixie,Relocation News on May 30, 2011 — 14 Comments

CTV Winnipeg:  Plans for Winnipeg celebration taking place, despite no official confirmation on NHL return.  All I can say is that there better not be another “dry run” party at Portage & Main and/or the Forks like 10 or 11 days ago.  The city is too emotionally invested to keep being put off.

11 Alive (NBC Atlanta Affiliate):  There are not enough of us to keep Thrashers. Says one of the ASG owners.

Atlanta Journal Constitution:  Thrashers-to-Winnipeg draws closer.  Appears that this is all but over as we await word from ASG”s lawyers that they’ve signed the deal.

The person said no late offers have been received from any potential bidders to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Toronto Star:  Jets?  Thrashers? Moose?  Many questions as NHL poised to return to WinnipegDidn’t take long for the Centre of the Universe media to start throwing mud on our white tuxedo’s.

CBC:  NHL announcement imminent for Winnipeg.  We’re hearing it could be made at 3 pm but either way, let’s hope this announcement comes tomorrow, regardless of what time same is announced.  For all the latest as it happens, be sure to follow @illegalcurve on twitter.

Toronto Star:  Thrashers to jet to Winnipeg Tuesday?  Appears that it’s time to remove the question mark from the above head line.

Sportsnet:  Thrashers announcement coming Tuesday.  Nick Kypreos took to his twitter to say:

“Barring any last minute changes the plan is to formally announce Thrashers moving to Winnipeg as early as 10 am tomorrow.”

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TSN:  Winnipeg talks progressing towards possible announcementI can’t see this announcement happening if not on Tuesday, until after the Stanley Cup.  Gary Bettman has too good a storyline between the Bruins/Canucks to allow it to be sidetracked by Winnipeg talk which would absolutely dominate the Canadian media and likely spillover into the start of the Stanley Cup.

Leader-Post:  I’m still waiting for the big dayI can empathize with the writer as I myself used a similar “connection to my city” to rationalize following a team.  In my mind, when I moved to Michigan it was “ok” to cheer for Detroit since the Wings had Darren Helm from St. Andrews, Manitoba, Derek Meech of Winnipeg, Kris Draper who played for the Jets and former 80’s star of the Jets and Wings Assistant Coach Paul MacLean However no matter how hard I cheered for the Wings, my heart was always screaming “Go Jets Go”.

Winnipeg Sun:  Former Moose goalie wishes it had worked in AtlantaPeople often point to the Hawks, who were in dire straits a few years back and suggest that this is what could become of the Thrashers under good ownership but if so, why has nobody of substance stepped up to take a chance on the team?

Winnipeg Free Press:  Cool your Jets – root for ‘Canada’s team’Which is Canada’s team?  All but 1 forward for Boston, was born in Canada.   Vancouver is a mixed bag for Winnipeg hockey fans.  Many of us still remember that they eliminated us from two consecutive playoff series(1991/92 & 1992/93).  Of course many of us cheered them on in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals vs. the RangersI would think that many would support the Canucks by virtue of the fact that more than half their roster came through Winnipeg playing for the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

The Morning Journal:  Winnipeg deserves the JetsAppreciate the solidarity we get from other cities that have experienced the pain and loss associated with losing a professional sports franchise.  Luckily of the teams that relocated to new destinations in the 90’s, Phoenix is the 1 team which hasn’t won a Stanley Cup.  (Minnesota – Dallas, won Cup in 99′.  Quebec – Colorado, won Cup in 96.  Hartford – Carolina, won Cup in 06′.)


Sporting News:  Formal announcement likely Tuesday.  I don’t see how this won’t dominate the news cycle for the next few weeks.

Tweet of the Day:

Picture of the Day – Insulting or Funny?

  • That cartoon seems too simplistic, as if the only factor for a team to return is the value of the cdn dollar. 

  • Nick Kypreos reporting tomm at 10 am.  Looks like wait finally over!!!!!!  Go Jets Go.

  • Is the day finally here?  Someone pinch me.

  • Winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnipppppppppppppppeg Jetsssssssssssssssssss are back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Go Jets Go!!!!!  Welcome home nhl.

  • Put Wpg back on the Map.  

  • I hope its true, I can’t wait!

  • Will Tuesday, May 31st be declared a Provincial holiday in Manitoba if announcement happens?

  • Looks like everyone is finally reporting that its a done deal. Woooo Hooooooooo.

  • William Satterwhite

    “People often point to the Hawks, who were in dire straits a few years back and suggest that this is what could become of the Thrashers under good ownership but if so, why has nobody of substance stepped up to take a chance on the team?”

    Because anyone who purchases the Thrashers by themselves will still have to pay rent to ASG. Without an equal cut of the arena (similar to Dallas), the idea of owning the hockey team by itself is laughable. It’s one reason why a lot of Thrasher fans think this has been a sham all along- ASG has always planned on selling the team to True North.

  • I fully agree with you William.  My point was that to purchase the Thrashers as a stand alone makes no sense.  The only way to make money would be to own all 3 entities.  

  • I’ve refreshed the site 1000 times today.  C’mon updates.

  • William Satterwhite

    Exactly, there has to be a partnership at least, one team can’t simply be a tenant of the other.

    For what it’s worth, even though I’m a Thrashers fan and am sad to see things get to this point, I’ve been very impressed with you guys and have become a fan of the show. If worse comes to worst, I’ll probably still follow the team for as long as most of the current ATL players are around and listen in whenever I can.

  • William we are happy to have you.  

    As someone who understands the loss of a franchise, it tempers my enjoyment knowing that the hard core Thrasher fans are losing their team.  In fact over 2 years back (May of 2009) when the Coyotes were facing a move, I wrote a column entitled Pain and Loss of Losing a Franchise.  ( ) While it was about Phoenix the principal is the same for Atlanta.

    So while we Peggers’ will be ecstatic knowing that NHL hockey is coming back to Winnipeg, we aren’t completely unmindful of the hurt this will cause Thrashers nation.