News (6/10) you can use: Latest on Return of the NHL to Winnipeg

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,News You Can Use on June 10, 2011 — 19 Comments

Winnipeg Free Press:  Coach Ramsay waits for word from WinnipegWhile he awaits the final decision from True North, Coach Ramsay’s own words don’t suggest he thinks he will have a job come Monday.

“I didn’t think it would end like this,” said Ramsay. “I can’t look into the future. I saw what I thought was a good opportunity to work with someone I had known for years (in former GM Rick Dudley). I thought we could improve the team. I’m sorry we didn’t get there.”

Global Winnipeg:  Will the NHL create more jobs in ManitobaSlow growth is better than no growth and remember what they say, “Slow and steady wins the race”.

WSB Atlanta:  $500 M Spirit bid another ‘crazy rumour’. I’m surprised that USA today ran with the story.

Atlanta Journal Constitution:  Thrashers coaches waiting to hear fate.  Waiting is never easy.  Especially when you are expecting bad news.

Winnipeg Free Press: Great risk in picking a name other than JetsAt some point, I think TNSE might just decide to give the people what they are demanding, and that’s the ability to chant Go Jets Go. I don’t think that is their preference, however.

Edmonton Journal:  What’s in a namePerhaps we need to offer the Coyotes a swap.  We will take back the Jets record books and they can have all of the Thrashers records.  In fact, we will even throw in the Atlanta Flames record books as well.

More of the days news and today’s Video of the Day after the jump.

Winnipeg Free Press: As quickly as they disappeared, the online ticket brokers have reappearedYou didn’t really think they would disappear quietly into the night did you. When there is this much money in play, people will take the risk of running afoul of the long arm of the law.

Winnipeg Free Press: Andrew Ladd takes a tour of the city he may be calling homeYou get the impression Ladd enjoyed the city, but did not want to be too effusive in praise as he will be entering into contract negotiations very shortly if they have not already began

Winnipeg Free Press: Hockey fans should be thankful it was the Thrashers that were purchased, not the CoyotesCouldn’t agree more with the salient points made by Gary Lawless. Even though the Coyotes have had the most recent success, the team better suited for the future is undoubtedly the ex-Thrashers.

Winnipeg Free Press: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly leads a contingent of NHL Executives to WinnipegThe most interesting portion of this article is that (allegedly) Commissioner Bettman and Mark Chipman had a gentlemen’s bet on how quickly the season tickets would sell out.

Winnipeg Free Press: Bill Daly chimes in on the topic of the name of the team & the history of hockey in Winnipeg. We had a fascinating debate on this topic yesterday on our Twitter page (@illegalcurve). Does the history belong to the city or the franchise? Sound off in the comments!

Selkirk Journal:  Selkirk happy to have NHL back.  This is not just a city wide initiative, it involved the entire province to get involved.

Winnipeg Sun:  Ladd’s scouting missionAs I said yesterday, he’s a two time Stanley Cup winner and he’s only 25.  Type of leader this squad could use in the dressing room for years to come.

Winnipeg Sun:  Ladd thinking long termStill amazes me that a guy who has never been above 60 points could command a salary north of 3 million, welcome to the new NHL.

Other News:

St. John’s Telegraph:  AHL ticket prices announced.  Those are very reasonable prices to see AHL hockey.

St. John’s Telegraph:  Hockey fans cheer as new AHL team announced.  Nice to see the passion of Atlantic Canada.

Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

TSN:  AHL approves move of Manitoba Moose to St. John’sI hope the people of St. John’s can continue the fantastic support this organization received from the people of Winnipeg.

ESPN:  Matthew Hulsizer has new proposal for GlendaleOh right, that whole team in the desert which is owned by the municipality but is supposedly being bought by this guy dilemma, which everyone had forgotten about apparently.

Arizona Republic:  Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney says 3 roads exist in goaltender searchPerhaps someone might want to give Boston’s GM a call.  Looks like Tim Thomas could play for years, and that Rask fellow might deserve shot at being a #1.


SB Nation Atlanta:  Winnipeg NHL relocation means Thrashers staff out of job. The downside of the move is that people have lost their jobs.

Video of the Day:

  • That’s exactly why I think it needs to be Falcons.  This is a new team, without the ties to the past.  Yes we have the Cleveland Browns as past precedent,  but every NHL team which has relocated has kept the history of the previous franchise.  Personally, I’d love to see #25 or #10 hanging from the MTS Centre but I just don’t see how it happens.

  • If you retain the name Jets (with league blessings), then it shouldn’t be too difficult to have the Coyotes transfer the old record books/jerseys to our new team.

    It was nice that they paid homage to their past, but do they really need a Dale Hawerchuk, Coyotes jersey with Winnipeg colors hanging from the rafters?  Nope.  We might have a bigger problem getting Teppo’s jersey since he actually played for them.

    If we return to the name Jets (and I’m praying they do) then I think it should be done to fullest extent possible, and this means including all the past history of the team that played in Winnipeg.

  • Anonymous

    I think Bryzgalov will have no problem getting the $70-80 million dollar deal he’s looking for; after all, look at all the Olympic gold and Stanley Cups on his resume.

  • Give the people what they want already, name them the Jets!

  • Luke Miguez

    Has to be the Jets as far as I’m concerned.  The franchise history issue is problematic though.  The NHL owns the Phoenix Coyotes, but unlike clubs like Colorado and Carolina the Coyotes actually decided to honour the Jets history as their own.  The NHL wants that franchise to succeed and nothing would better signal its demise like ponying up the pre-1996 franchise history and forking it over to Winnipeg.

    I’m convinced though that the Phoenix Coyotes aren’t around come opening day 2012, either through relocation or simply folding.  Name the team the Jets in the meantime without the history and then go retrieve it at a later date from the corpse of the Coyotes organization.

    Also, I think the history should remain with the city where it originated.  That isn’t how it is, but it is how it should be.  The Winnipeg NHL team has the Atlanta Thrashers franchise history, but as far as I’m concerned that’s something that’s better left in Atlanta with its fans.  I’m not interested in Ilya Kovalchuk or Dany Heatley, they aren’t apart of our city’s hockey tradition.

  • Anonymous

    I know everyone wants it to be the Jets, but i just dont think TN is going to go that route.  For many of the various reasons being bounced around social media.  Believe me, i’m with everyone else, and nothing would be more satisfying to yell go Jets go at a Blue Jackets game next season, and i know people will anyway, but im just not betting on Jets.

    That Lawless article about why you guys are better off with the Thrashers.  I dont need to rehash my feelings again, but Winnipeg does need players who are excited, not whiny.  Now you have the pleasure of watching an NHL team live in your city, and always watching one continue to fail in the desert.  Delightful!

  • We don’t need the Jets history back from Phoenix. We don’t need anything from Phoenix. We’ve got a team. I’m happier with the Thrashers.  Still would love to see the Jets name brought back – Manitoba Jets perhaps rather than the Winnipeg Jets. Phoenix only has ties to the Winnipeg Jets history.

  • One of the arguments I have heard recently that I agree with is that the people of Phoenix have no emotional ties to the Jets, they couldn’t care less about Teemu Selanne, Dale Hawerchuk, Bobby Hull, Thomas Steen, Kris King etc etc. Those players played here, broke records here, now that we have a team back the records should stay here.

    It’s an interesting situation in the NBA with the OKC Thunder as well. The owners of the Sonics signed a joint history agreement where if a team comes back to Seattle, they will be the Supersonics and share the same history with the OKC Thunder. However, OKC fans really couldn’t care less about the Supersonics history, their retired numbers and championship, so who does the history really belong to?

  • Blue Jackets game? What happened to living in Phoenix?

  • Anonymous

    A-ha, tonight is my last night in Phoenix.  Got a new, much better, job in Dayton, OH.  So it appears I am a Jackets fan next season.

  • Anonymous

    Belongs to the city, no doubt.  Most people in Phoenix could care less about the Jets history, probably even more now after the fiasco that was fighting with people in Winnipeg for most of the last year.  I know fans that would gladly remove the banners themselves, and return them.  I dont anticipate the people of Winnipeg keeping their own history alive, along with Jets alumni, so ignore where the banners hang, and cheer loudly when the JETS turn the Coyotes into roadkill.

    (see what i did there?  Ha)

  • Anonymous

    While I put myself solidly in the pro-Jets camp, the article stating that the club’s name “is easily the biggest issue” facing the organization is flat-out idiocy.  I’d think little issues like finding a coach, the upcoming draft, the Ladd contract and sorting out the defensemen might be more important.

  • So far to date True North has hit a home run with every move they have made. Not only a home run, but an upper decker out of the park bouncing down the street home run.
    Having said that, I have faith that Chipman and company will do the right thing in the decision that they make regarding our new name.
    I believe that there is no franchise in the NHL (or any other major North American sport) that will have such a relationship with the community like the Winnipeg _____ will have.
    It is almost a partnership between True North and the fans.
    The fact remains that without the fans 100% support, this franchise can sink quite quickly in the deep waters of the NHL.
    Yes, we sold out in 2 minutes( P3 Holder here ) but that is only for 5 years. Beyond that, if the name is announced as the Manitoba Polar Bears, I will not be renewing and may be hitting Kijiji sooner than later.

    In the words of hockey fans WORLD-WIDE, Go Jets Go

  • Everything has been so carefully orchestrated by True North you have to believe they HAD already chosen to go in a different direction.

    I think what has given them pause is the community reaction and I believe they will go with Jets, and at this point it is merely waiting to decide between Manitoba and Winnipeg.

    Count me as someone who simply wants to chant, Go Jets Go.

  • What is it about struggling borderline NHL franchises that attracts you so? 

  • … I hope you’re right.  The anticipation is deadly – just as tough as waiting for the purcahse announcement.

  • Luke Miguez

    True North clearly didn’t want to go with the Jets originally, but they’ve been careful to gauge public opinion and act accordingly.  I’m in agreement with the Freep that it’s risky to go with anything else.  

    I haven’t heard a single convincing argument as to why we need to go with a different name anyways, other then this franchise history stuff.  The brand is too powerful and has too much loyalty.  Expansion teams would jump instantly at the possibility of wielding the sort of international prestige and loyalty that the ‘Winnipeg Jets’ brand does.

  • Are we really supposed to believe that there was a 500 million dollar offer that ASG turned down.  C’mon.

  • Anonymous

    A better question would be what attracts anyone to Dayton; that better be one hell of a good job.