News (6/13) you can use: Latest on Return of the NHL to Winnipeg

Posted by David Minuk in Daily Papers,News You Can Use on June 13, 2011 — 9 Comments

CTV:  Downtown Winnipeg aims for the big leaguesPeople are excited.  15,000 downtown for 40 nights a year will sure do a lot to help revitalize the area.

CBC:  Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts (10 & 11).  One would hope that the Canucks will allow True North to talk with Noel.

Atlanta Journal Constitution:  Craig Ramsay will interview with Winnipeg.   Should be an interesting story on Thrashers equipment manager Bobby Stewart.

TSN:  Senators expected to name MacLean head coach.  Strike him and his mustache off True North’s list.

Fox Sports South:  Morbid countdown continues.  Having lived through a lame duck year, we can empathize with folks in Atlanta as this process draws to its inevitable conclusion.

Winnipeg Free Press:  Zinger, Chevy try to corner a coachWhile Moose fans would be happy to see Noel continue to stay in the city, perhaps the die hard Jets fans want to see Paul MacLean and his familiar mustache behind the bench.

More articles, blog postings and today’s Tweet of the Day after the jump.

Winnipeg Sun:  Ramsay to get interview for Winnipeg jobGood that they are giving him an interview but no reason they shouldn’t also be looking at other candidates.

TSN:  Winnipeg GM intends on interviewing coach candidates.  Exciting times in Winnipeg.

Other News:

NHL.com:  Reuters photographer Shaun Best, 43, passes away.  Sad news.

Best was easy to spot among hockey photographers. He was always wearing a Winnipeg Jets cap and, like lots of native Winnipeggers, he was excited about the pending sale and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to his home city.

Five Hole for Food:  Fighting hunger while playing hockeyA great cause which will be coming to Winnipeg July 3rd, 2011 and we hope that Manitoba will show its support.

Blogs:

Globe and Mail:  Canadian hockey scores with commodities.  Technically the NHL didn’t add Winnipeg in 1972.  Let’s hope Manitoba’s slow but steady growth policy continues to win out and we won’t have to worry about the Bulls and the Bears, unless of course True North names the team ‘Da Bears’.

Star Tribune:  Russo Rants.  I like the idea of creating a new rivalry with the closest geographic team.

Yahoo:  Winnipeg ditching Coach RamsayGotta think first question will be about how he was unable to turn this team around during their big losing streak this season.

TSN:  A look back at some Winnipeg memoriesNot sure how I missed this blog posting from former NHL ref Kerry Fraser as he shares his Winnipeg memories.  I blame it on the fact that it came out when there were 1000 stories about Winnipeg, so you will (I hope) excuse my oversightMy best NHL referee memory at Winnipeg arena was the older lady who sat in Section 29 (1 over from us) who use to wave a referee doll in a noose whenever calls went against the Jets.

Tweet of the Day:

  • http://twitter.com/ManitobaJets1 Manitoba Jets

    We sat in the section across from that lady at the old barn.  she was a staple.  let’s hope the MTS Centre will also have a new cast of characters.

  • http://twitter.com/manitobapensfan Jon Smith

    Dear lord no.  Not the Wild.  Anyone but them.  Crosby, Malkin and the Fleury sound like a nice openining night opponent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-Hink/1549060627 Matt Hink

    Wouldn’t mind it being the Wild, but the home opener is almost certainly going to be on CBC, so I have a feeling they will have some say in it.  Expect a Canadian team, probably Toronto, Montreal, or the Oilers.

  • Luke Miguez

    Wouldn’t mind opening night at home against the Oilers on HNIC.  I think a geographic rivalry with Minnesota is probably dependent on how divisional realignment works for the 2012-2013 season.

  • http://twitter.com/ColdHardRanter Drew Mindell

    Who would object to seeing the Winnipeg Phoenix play the Phoenix Coyotes in the first regular season NHL game at the MTS Centre

  • http://twitter.com/wpghockeypsycho Jamie Coran

    Would love to see it.  Even though Bryzgalov went scurrying away, we can still focus our dislike on guys like Belanger and Doan.  (yes I know they didn’t say anything that bad about Peg’, but hate has to start somewhere).

  • Luke Miguez

    The Winnipeg Jets playing the Phoenix Coyotes at home.  Not necessarily the home opening.  We could do ‘dress like a seat’ night to make them feel at home here in Winnipeg.

  • http://twitter.com/LarryPlett Larry Plett

    Too bad about MacLean.  Will be nice to see him as a Head Coach.

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

    Would rather see someone like Noel get a chance after cutting his teeth with the Moose.