Manitoba Moose moving to St. John's (upd: confirmed)

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  1. SP

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    I'm hedging my bets here by putting the question mark in the subject.

    An article in the Telegram (Newfoundland's provincial newspaper) this weekend is saying that with the Thrashers moving to Winnipeg, the Manitoba Moose are moving to St. John's. Vancouver will be looking for a new farm team, and the Moose will become Winnipeg's AHL affiliate.

    The article is saying that Atlanta to Winnipeg is a "done deal" and the Moose moving to St. John's only requires the "official signing of papers." Obviously, there is still some question about whether Winnipeg actually is getting the team, but the article says that an announcement will be made Friday at 1pm regarding the new AHL franchise.

    I vote for the St. John's Seamen.
     
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  2. Canadienjet

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    Presuming I'm talking about the same St.John in New Brunswick, they already have a successful team so wouldn't they be better of to promote them to AHL and make the Manitoba Moose their replacement by moving them there? I still think that there is a possibility that they may move the Manitoba Moose to Atlanta as a sort of compensation, and to keep Hockey alive in that area.
     
  4. Canadienjet

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    It is St.John's,Newfoundland.
     
  5. Shrimper

    Shrimper Trick or ruddy treat

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    That's the one I meant, got the wrong province for it.
     
  6. Canadienjet

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    No biggie happens alot espically to Peter Loubardious.We havnt had a tennent in 3 years and AHL perseason games sold alot here and concesus around town is they wants the AHL back.Glen Stanford has done work for the old St.John's,Maple Leafs and done a terrific job with the Hamilton Bulldogs we have some obsticles but with this group we can manage any losses.
     
  7. Finnish your Czech

    Finnish your Czech João Tavares

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    Vancouver's farm club, located in St. John's Newfoundland? Now I ask you is it possible to get further apart? Crap a player could get traded twice while flying from one city to the other.
     
  9. worstfaceoffmanever

    worstfaceoffmanever These Snacks Are Odd

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    I suspect we'll see some franchise shuffling if the AHL returns to St. John's. A team in the Western Conference with an affiliate in Newfoundland would be a logistics nightmare.
     
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    Very important detail. Winnipeg is well on its way to become the "anti-Thrashers."
     
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    Really cool if true. I can't believe St. John's and that nice arena is without a team.

    Hopefully they cut them a favorable lease deal at Mile One. From what I understand, that was one of the main factors in the Fog Devils leaving.

    St. John's would be the affiliate for the new NHL team in Winnipeg. Vancouver is going to be looking for a new affiliate.
     
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    Hmmmm...."seamen"....that could be an interesting logo ;)
     
  13. Canadienjet

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    The league actually did this to the SJML in their final years which was one of the reasons for their demise.This should only last a year.
     
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    ill give it 3-4 years before they relocate again
     
  15. Alberta

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    They would be Winnipeg's farm club. Vancouver's is likely going to Chicago.
     
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    That's still a fair old trek, not as much as Vancouver but far enough.
     
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    Heard on the Illegal Curve show on Sports Radio 1290 this morning than the AHL's (ATL) Chicago Wolves would affiliate with Vancouver for next year.
     
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    Funny how Atlanta of all teams has been scheduled for months to play a pre-season game (against Ottawa) just outside of St. John's, Newfoundland. Makes you wonder...
     
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    People here were complaning about how we got Atlanta funny how this changes all of it.Have to check out that game.
     
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    CBC is reporting that the Moose will move and will be Winnipeg's affiliate.

    I guess it fits that they could go to St. John's and that the Canucks would affiliate with Chicago.
     
  21. Alberta

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    For sure. Wonder if they'll play a game at Mile One now as well since a bunch of the "Atlanta" players will become regulars in St. John's.
     
  22. BrianL*

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    Oh man, moving a franchise back to St John's has got to be considered a step back for the AHL. They should be putting AHL franchises in places like Birmingham or Albuquerque to try and grow new markets. With an arena capacity of only 6250, they will have to sell out the Mile One Centre every night to have a chance of making money. And how many players are going to want to play in Newfoundland? It rains all the time there.

    :D
     
  23. peter sullivan

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    The moose will be staying close to home.
     
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    Convenient that the Thrashers are playing Kraft HockeyVille in Conception Bay, Newfoundland this year.... everything is lining up pretty nicely
     
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    Mirtle is confirming on his twitter account about the move.
     

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