News (6/12) you can use: Latest on Return of the NHL to Winnipeg

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,News You Can Use on June 12, 2011 — 3 Comments

Winnipeg Free Press:  Winnipeg’s NHL team on hunt for hear coach.  Would be nice, but not essential to have it done by the draft.

National Post:  Fans make Winnipeg ‘exciting’ place to play.  Perhaps things would have gone better for Dany Heatley had he had the pressure of a Canadian market.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Chevy, Zinger whittling away at it.  These are going to be the two busiest guys in Winnipeg for the next few months.  If you missed the show, we had both on IC Radio yesterday.

Winnipeg Free Press:  An NHL team by any other name… It appears that True North is delaying the name.  That’s either because they’ve chosen to go in another direction or changed their mind and are furiously trying to put together a “new” Jets jersey.

More news and blogs after the jump.

Edmonton Journal:  More Hockey World.  Couple of news and notes mentioning our new franchise.  Let’s either go with Jets or Falcons, not a fan of Golden Jets.

Other News:

Toronto Sun:  Heritage Classic that much more special.  Anyone thinking that the next Heritage Classic should take place at the new Winnipeg stadium.

Blogs:

TSN:  Reporters Thumbs up and down.  Steve Simmons gives True North a thumbs down.

Forbes:  Hawks and Thrashers $500 million offer.  Would appear to be a moot point at the present time.

The Hockey News:  The reality behind the Winnipeg-NHL relationship.  At the end of the day NHL returned to Winnipeg as a business decision, nothing more.

Arena Digest:  At 15k, MTS Centre is perfect size, or is it?  We would point out that numbers aren’t as important as amount they spend per ticket.

  • Luke Miguez

    If True North really wanted to push a new name they should have done it right when they bought the team on the 31st.  Instead now we have Jetsmentum pushing things along and TNSE better jump aboard lest they be run over.

    Is Forbes confirming that a $500 million bid for the Thrashers, Hawks and the arena did in fact exist?  Because if so then Atlanta hockey fans have a lot to be angry about.

  • http://twitter.com/MBFalcons Ryan Moharid

    At this point True North just needs to reveal the name.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=668451210 Phillip Smithson

    RE: Arena Digest

    When reporting about average attendances there is more than just the number of bodies that needs to be accounted for.  One major thing to consider is how much money was spent on those tickets?  Were everyone one of those tickets paid for in Dallas or were some/most of those giveaways by the Stars? Remember, its not the number of seats but the revenue generated by those seats. Winnipeg has a higher than average ticket price so that means higher revenue.

    At least the 15,000 at the MTS will be bought and paid for for the next 3-5 years. Not many teams in the NHL can boast those kind of numbers.