Does a move to Winnipeg mean success for the NHL or did they move to the wrong city?

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  1. LemaireisGOD

    LemaireisGOD Registered User

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    it is the only city available for relocation anywhere
    so yes it is the best
     
  3. chipper

    chipper Thrashers forever

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    Shouldn't it be "Is" and not "was"? I didn't realize there was a team already in Winnipeg, unless we're talking about the Moose?
     
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    Stopped reading when it said the team was being sold to True North Holdings
     
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    It's the only city in Canada, and probably the US, that has an owner with very deep pockets, a newish arena, and is a hockey market. Winnipeg is the only city RIGHT NOW, that can take in a Hockey team
     
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    The title alone can be answered a such: it'll probably take a good 10 years to determine whether it was a successful move for the NHL, and whether it was the wrong city is irrelevant, as Winnipeg is the only city with a ready ownership group and NHL-calibre arena at the present time.

    *All in past tense, because I'm still talking about this move as a hypothetical, Jets-O-Meters be damned*
     
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    It was the only Canadian city available for relocation. I'll leave it at that.
     
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    It was pretty much the only realistic option period. Which, sad to say, is probably the only way Winnipeg was ever going to get a team anyways. But we'll take it and I do believe people are going to be shocked at how successful it will be in the long run.
     
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    Let me guess...Las Vegas and Kansas City?

    Sorry, I don't think there's anything there that qualifies as more than marginal interest.
     
  10. :facepalm:

    It's the only legitimate option at this point, and it's a starved hockey market.
     
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    Exactly, what is so hard to understand. KC does not have an owner, Seattle has nothing, Milwaukee is saturated.
     
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    he showed two pictures to show the differences in suites... mts from the front and excel from the back......apples and oranges..... if he showed MTS centre suites from the back they would look pretty similiar ....leather couches and bar, food tables and big screen tvs...... dont get me wrong Excel centre is by far the supperior building for many reasons........but the return of the NHL to Winnipeg will be a success just like it was in ST Paul MN.......I bet Winnipeg even beats Minnys consecutive sellout record....
     
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    Not that Minnesota would have to try very hard either, but I seriously doubt Winnipeg needs to worry about upgrading an arena for the NHL... Fans would come see it in an old barn, and I have a feeling that corporate execs of sponsers wouldn't have a problem with it when you're packing the house every night, seems like there is still enough room for advertisements....


    There are people that go to the games for the game itself, not because they need waited on hand and foot or because they want to use the latest in auto-flushing toilets/urinals or that they can't wait to sit in a luxury box.
     
  14. Puckschmuck*

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    How can he claim the arena is not up to NHL standards when GB himself said that it was?

    Inaccurate, useless amature article.
     
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    chipper Thrashers forever

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    For the first time, I think it's funny that both the Atlanta fans AND the Winnipeg fans can agree on how stupid an article is. :laugh:
     
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    Why does everyone keep citing Pronger asking to be traded from Edmonton in '06 as a sign that Winnipeg will have problems attracting free agents or keeping players? That situation had nothing to do with Edmonton as a city and everything to do with the quality of the city's female population, so it hardly seems relevant, yet he's one of the big ones that everyone trots out when they suggest that no one wants to play in Winnipeg. If they put together a first-class organization, anyone will want to play there.
     
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    Was there not a thread on the Oilers forum about this very issue?
     
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    That last sentence pretty much sums it up. Its not like Atlanta or Phoenix have been attracting big name free agents because the weather is nice. Both organizations have been a mess for years and suffered on ice because they couldn't keep or bring in the big names. Although Phoenix has built well from within the last little while. If a team in Winnipeg gets its act together, drafts well and treats the players well, it won't take long to earn a reputation as a favourable place to play. It wasn't that long ago places like Chicago were low on the list because the ownership and organization didn't care.
     
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    He says that the MTS Centre isn't suitable, but contradicts himself when saying that the NHL should move to Quebec instead.



    MTS Centre >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Colisée
     
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    Are you suggesting Pronger left Edmonton because the women weren't hot enough, or making a reference to fan-created rumors about adultery and a vengeful wife?
     
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    Fish on The Sand Untouchable

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    What about Heatley refusing a trade to Edmonton? Or the Nylander fiasco? Or the whole Souray thing.
     
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    MTS Centre is maxed out, Colisée would only be temporary as a new arena is in the works.
     
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    Quebec will build a new arena...

    They've said as much many times. But Manitoba is not going replace an arena it finished in 2004. Atlanta people are insulted? At what? Having to show up for the games instead of showing up as empty seats each night? I think its more of insult that the rest of the league subsidized a failure like the Thrashers for as long as they did.
     
  24. They don't need to replace it. And please, the Thrashers have been around for 10 years.

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    In that article, it looked like a picture of Philips arena, not xcel energy centre (because it was empty...haha, get it? ok bad joke....)
     
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