News you can use: Latest on Return of the NHL to Winnipeg

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,Dixie Drama,Drama in the Desert,Drama in the Desert & Dixie,Relocation News on June 3, 2011 — 13 Comments

True North:  Drive to 13,000We will leave this link at the top for all those interested in purchasing NHL season tickets for next season.  Today is the last day it remains open only to corporate sponsors and Moose season ticket holdersWhen the next update occurs (4:30 pm cst) be sure to check back on IC for the updated totals.  If you can’t be online, check us out on twitter @illegalcurve as we will post the totals on there as wellCurrent Total: 7158 (55% of goal).

Arizona Republic:  Glendale economic report kept private.  While obviously not Return of the NHL news, we here in Winnipeg are still keeping an eye on our former team and whenever there is news indicating that something is being ‘withheld’ it usually isn’t good news.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Front-runner emerges for GM of city’s NHL team. That’s a name we hadn’t heard before.

Star-Phoenix:  Saskatoon needs pro hockeyI’ve often wondered why our sister Prairie province to the West doesn’t have a professional hockey team.  However I would imagine True North took a look West when trying to find a place for the Manitoba Moose and found it lacking.   Having witnessed the support they give to sporting events, that surprises me.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Transition game. True North was already a 1st class organization before it entered into NHL ownership and this will hold them in good stead as they navigate the uncharted waters  while swimming with the big boys.

Winnipeg Free Press:  True North staff can’t keep up with calls, emails from anxious fansTrue North president and CEO Jim Ludlow believes there could be 6000-7000 tickets left for Saturday’s public sale of season tickets.  With the number of panicked calls and emails I received today, this doesn’t surprise me.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Kind words from Randy CarlyleI don’t think anyone who was a fan of the Jets could ever consider #8 as an enemy.

Winnipeg Sun:  NHL in ‘Peg jacket, tie affairSeems the Moose loyalist and the corporate sponsors are reaping the rewards for supporting the AHL for the past 15 seasons as it should be.  I’ve heard stories of a number of “corporate types” who are unable to secure past their allotment, meaning True North isn’t bending rules.

Winnipeg Sun:  Dudley gets face time with True NorthWith the draft just over 3 weeks away, does True North want to take a chance and rock the boat?

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CBC:  Manitoba boosts funding for MTS CentreSpend money to make money.

Winnipeg Sun:  Toews wants Jets to flyAs Michael Remis of R-Desk fame suggested yesterday in his Go Jets Go piece, so do the majority of the people who are surveyed.

Globe and Mail:  Challenge to arena deal could threaten return of NHL to Quebec CityWonder if Quebec City is about to get it’s own ‘Thin Ice’ group!

Winnipeg Sun:  Oddsmakers say ‘Peg hotter off ice then onSo you’re saying there’s a chance!   Until we get word from IC’s resident gambling expert, Ari Baum-Cohen, we will reserve our gambling predictions.

Chicago Tribune:  Return to divisional playoff round would rekindle rivalriesThe only problem with this proposal is that it rewards teams in weak divisions and punishes teams in stronger ones.  (hello Jets in the Smythe division battling Edmonton & Calgary throughout the 80’s).  However the assertion that the rivalries will develop is 100% accurate.  With exception of Boston/Montreal and Chicago/Vancouver, not too many teams have repeated playing each other during the playoffs recently.  This system would see that occur more frequently.


Puck Daddy:  Will this man be the GM for WinnipegSure seems to have the right pedigree but that name reminds me a bit too much of a former goalie for the Jets.

Red Light District Hockey:   What will realignment look like.  Here’s another look at the issue of realignment.

SB Nation Atlanta:  EA Sports’ NHL 12 will include Winnipeg instead of Atlanta.  Last game I owned was NHL 93 or 94, which innovated by allowing you to roof it or take a slap shot (I can’t recall).

The Sporting News:   Which Thrashers will fly to Winnipeg.  Lots to get done without a ton of time in which to do it.

The Score:  Winnipeg hockey tickets could get costly on secondary market. I still question the value of seeing the Leafs or Canadiens as “premium” but people have their loyalties and that could cost them.

Ice Man (AJC):  What will you remember about the ThrashersThe sad reality is that even though people in Winnipeg are beyond excited, there is a fan base that just lost their team of 12 years.

Pro Hockey Talk (NBC Sports):  Winnipeg’s team name will emerge once they sell 13,000 season ticketsDoesn’t make sense why True North wouldn’t release name if that was the case.  I’m inclined to believe that they are going to go in a new direction.


CBC:  Teemu Selanne talks about Winnipeg.  We too are glad he started his career here.

Picture of the Day:

Taken from the above Chicago Tribune article, I really like the way this looks except it could reward teams with weaker divisional opponents.  Let us know what you think.  Sound off in the comments section as to whether or not the NHL should help to develop rivalries by going to a 4 Division alignment.

  • The Thrash were 20/1 to win the division last year and 80/1 to win the Cup. As other sports books post 2011-2012 NHL Stanley Cup odds, we will have a better idea of Winnipeg’s chances to win the Cup. My guess is they will be given a .75% to .85% chance to win.

    Will be tough will that travel schedule.

  • Makes me think baseball. Weak division (AL West) vs. strong division (AL East). Even good Blue Jays teams can’t pass Bos or NY.

  • Saskatchewan (I was thinking Regina, but Saskatoon would due) should have had an AHL team a long time ago.  Not sure why the Moose didn’t pop over here.  Proximity to a farm team would have to be a huge advantage.

  • I like those divisions, and I think the strong vs. weak division argument is overrated because things change over time.  Yeah, the Jets got the short end of the stick in the 80’s, but if the system had stayed and they had stayed in the 90’s, everything could have been different (dynasties are also tougher to keep now with the cap).  I would think the major issue in getting it done would be having the East teams have more teams to get through to make the playoffs than the West. Also, as with any realignment talk, the NHL won’t like breaking up DET-CHI.

  • Luke Miguez

    There’s also a business element to be had with a farm team in Saskatchewan.  That province is going to be a marketing warzone between Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary and having a farm club there gives Winnipeg an immediate leg up on its financial rivals in Alberta.

    On the issue of divisional playoffs.  I think there could be disadvantages of being stuck in a division with one or two particularly strong sides.  This is a business though, and nothing is quite as big a ticket as playing your rivals, particularly in a playoff series.  Thinking cynically, Winnipeg is going to have the best time financially if it’s playing teams that are strong draws at home and on television; those will be clubs such as Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Minnesota.

  • Anonymous

    That divisional picture looks really good to me.  And i agree with Matt.  Just because it looks uneven now, doesnt mean that wont change by the time the next draft class comes around.  I’m sure teams would loved to have played against the Wings in the 70’s and 80’s, but most now would rather only meet them in the finals.  It will be interesting to watch the 11-12 season play out…

  • Is there anybody better than Teemu??

  • I’m glad he’s a 45 minute drive from me.  I ? Selanne.

  • Loved that article from The Score, but I hope the tickets on the secondary market don’t get that high.

  • Luke Miguez

    Given the demand that tickets will see this season, I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re actually higher.

  • The most pumped for NHL 12 with Winnipeg, already practicing with Atlanta

  • When was it supposed to be released?

  • Usually 2nd week of September, I’ll have my full review when it is released.