News (6/9) you can use: Latest on Return of the NHL to Winnipeg

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,News You Can Use on June 9, 2011 — 12 Comments

TSN:  Daly says MTS Centre meets NHL standards.  You’d have to think that this was a foregone conclusion.

Globe and Mail:  Andrew Ladd visits what could be his hockey home.  A two time Stanley Cup winner is just the kind of leader you want for this young group.

Fox Business:  Is the NHL poised to make a Northern migration?  Is Winnipeg just the first, in a push-back to hockey’s roots?  Should Florida and Phoenix be concerned?

Winnipeg Free Press: The long and winding road for Craig Heisinger to get to the top.  As everyone who watched yesterday afternoon’s press conference saw, the emotion and significance of the moment finally got to “Zinger”. The general consensus is that it couldn’t have happened to a better person, and IllegalCurve definitely echoes those sentiments.

Inside Toronto:  Former Jet Mark Osborne weighs in on move back to Peg’.  Thinks a new name might be the way to go.

Winnipeg Free Press: Getting kicked in the teeth by him, made Cheveldayoff TNSE’s first choice.  Gary Lawless, our colleague at Sports Radio 1290, with an examination into the mutual respect society between TNSE & Kevin Cheveldayoff.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Online ticket scalpers vanish from cyberspace.  Good news for Winnipeg hockey fans.  Now hopefully those tickets will find their way into real hockey fans & not those just looking to make a quick buck. Former IC contributor Neil is 200th or so on the waiting list and is staying up nights praying he somehow gets a season ticket or two.

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Winnipeg Free Press: Renovations taking place to increase number of luxury suites.  The demand for luxury suites is just as strong as the demand was for “regular” season tickets. Between the returning NHL, and the stellar roster of other shows/concerts taking place at MTS Centre, the luxury suites are sought after by those with deep pockets.

Winnipeg Free Press: Cheveldayoff & Heisinger to bring a blue collar work ethic to their new roles. Given everything we already know about the man they call “Zinger”, this should come as no surprise. The fact TNSE reached out and hired someone (Cheveldayoff) with a similar raison d’être seems to fit with the organisational ethos.

Winnipeg Free Press: No time for “Chevy” to bask in the glory of being hired.  Perhaps Cheveldayoff was able to enjoy a nice meal with a bottle of wine, last night. Starting today he is going to be busy forming this roster. 1st duty—re-sign Andrew Ladd.

TSN:  GM Cheveldayoff talks initial plans for club.  His worth ethic and vision seem fairly significant.  Expect great things from this guy.

Winnipeg Sun:  Head coach head hunting.  Seems like True North and company have a pretty clear vision of what they want in a coach.

Pembina Valley:  Fehr excited for NHL’s return.  Another Manitoba boy excited to play some games in his home province.  His family should be happy that we have a number of games against the Capitals this season.

Winnipeg Sun:  Chipman expands NHL family.  His long term vision is sure to make all fans of this team very happy.

Edmonton Journal:  Cheveldayoff reunites with Heisinger.  These two seem to have an affinity for each other.  Best part of press conference was Zinger telling the media when asked what he would tell players coming here….”buy a parka!”

Daily Herald:  Cheveldayoff takes control in Winnipeg.  Was very impressed with the way he handled himself in the media scrum.  His message of a slow build seems to fit with Mark Chipman’s vision.

Globe and Mail:  Two prairie boys to lead Winnipeg’s NHL team.  Both guys seemed very genuine today at the press conference.

Illegal Curve:  Analyzing Rick Dudley’s tenure as Thrashers GM.  Richard wrote an excellent, in-depth analysis discussing a year of Rick Dudley actions as GM.


Atltanta Journal Constitution:  How Joe Johnson (unwittingly) ran Thrashers out of town.  Interesting read.

Other News:

Toronto Star:  No talks with Balsillie.  Wouldn’t expect the league to admit it if they were giving him any sort of indication that they are interested.

Montreal Gazette:  Taxpayers should not foot bill for professional sports venues.  Agree that its best to have everything out in the open.

CBC:  Confirmation of St. John’s AHL team coming Friday.  Nice to see AHL hockey return to Atlantic Canada.

TSN:  Balsillie could still get a team.  Perhaps he will be able to buy the Coyotes 3 years after he initially tried.

FS Arizona:  Bryzgalov seeking stable ownership.  Hope Philly has enough parks for his liking.  Good thing it doesn’t get cold there…..

Amadeus Steen Foundation:  Fishing Tournament.   Much more than a typical fishing derby, the Amadeus Steen Foundation Fishing Experience, July 3-5, 2011, is nothing short of an experience. Current and former NHL players like Bobby Hull, Dennis Hull, Thomas Steenand Ulf Nilsson accompany participants on a first-class, two-day fishing adventure in pursuit of the coveted Hotline Trophy.

Video of the Day:

  • I like that tweet.  Can all us Jets fans get off the Canucks bandwagon.  Yes a lot of those guys played for the Moose but get over it.  Remember people, we hate the Canucks.  We aren’t a farm team anymore.

  • We here in Saskatchewan will be the beneficiaries when a team returns since we will get Edmonton, Calgary and now Winnipeg feeds.  Too bad we weren’t able to get the Moose.  It would have been a hockey bonanza.

  • I still can’t believe how many stories are coming out daily still.  Must be nice for you guys to be back in the spotlight.

  • No kidding Jen. Winnipeg/MTS should claim the Hockey Mecca label, like MSG is known as Mecca for basketball.  Good times ahead.

  • Anonymous

    And id like to thank Dave once again for pulling them all together in one easy to read place.  Makes my life much simpler only having to come to one page to read everything.

    But i do have a question im not sure ive seen an answer to.  For the past 16 years, the Coyotes have openly used the ‘Whiteout’ for the handful of first round playoff games theyve had here.  I have shirts from 2010 and 2011 that have it printed right on there.  BUT, now that TN has trademarked the term, does that mean Phoenix cant use it anymore? 

  • As far as I know they only applied to trademark whiteout, I don’t think it has been approve yet.

  • Hey, I do the 7:30 AM roundup while Dave is asleep! 

  • Anonymous

    Haha, well then thank you, Drew, for all your hard work!!

  • Damn right 🙂

  • Should be noted that he’s been doing this for a total of 2 days.  When/if it becomes a regular occurrence  then we can shower him with accolades.

  • I demand my just desserts at all times. 

  • I know he’s just saying all the right things, but it sure sounds like Ladd is at least a bit excited to be here and wants to sign for a while.  Good to hear, because if both he and Byfuglien want to be here then the others may follow.