Paul Friesen's article on the history of the Coyotes franchise

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  1. Crazy_Ike

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    http://www.winnipegsun.com/sports/columnists/paul_friesen/2011/03/07/17529851.html

    I guess if the jingoistic Winnipeg sports media is going to post nonsense this is the best place to hack it apart. You know how someone gets into sports journalism, right...

    Nobody in the league thinks that Glendale is a better hockey market than Winnipeg, Paul. It should be patently obvious that simply allowing teams to move wherever they want whenever they want would have serious, if not fatal, repercussions for everyone involved.

    If it were as simple as that, there'd be six teams in Toronto and five in Montreal and no teams south of Chicago or west of the Rockies.

    The league is obligated to protect the franchises it already has, not markets it isn't even in. Pretty basic.

    Posters here in the past have wisely brought up how much different the league's ability to help its franchises has changed over those 15 years. "The best of its ability" now is not the same as "the best of its ability" then.

    Paul makes the same mistake as others here have, assuming the setting around the state of a franchise is always the same. If you aren't willing to get into the differences, why comment at all? It just makes you look simple.

    You say "okay, fair enough" only after taking a petty jab at the league for not buying the Jets despite having zilch in the way of evidence that there would EVER be a qualified owner or building? Which is it, Paul? That is dirty journalism.

    You get that impression because of your inherent biases, Paul. Bettman will move that team in a heartbeat once realistic hope ends.

    Teams are advanced money they will eventually receive a lot more often than you apparently realize, Paul.

    The protection of the league's constitution, which Balsillie was attempting to destroy, was the paramount concern, Paul. You might want to keep in mind that had Balsillie been successful, there was absolutely nothing stopping owners from being able to move teams whenever they felt another place would be more profitable regardless of what the league thought. The consequences for small market Canadian teams should be obvious.

    Want to know the difference, Paul? They are still 'dropping in'. There wasn't a qualified soul in the world who wanted the Jets in Winnipeg in the mid '90s.

    Wisest thing you said in the whole piece. Winnipeg is not the only place out there that wants an NHL team. With that in mind, how open would you be to a full bidding process on the Coyotes should they move? Would Winnipeg even win?

    Don't let feelings of entitlement get in the way of your reporting. People in Hamilton did and boy did that ever backfire.
     
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    It isn't like the US media is offering a more supportive view.

    Are there any south of the border?
     
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    Nope. Just more objective. More professional. That sort of thing.
     
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    Absolutely. If the objective was to post 15 consecutive money losing seasons plagued with poor attendance and ownership issues. You could have just left em in Winnipeg, we could have done that ourselves :laugh:
     
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    If so, make sure EVERY game is packed for the next 10 years..if not some dolt will be posting pictures of our empty arena!:shakehead
     
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    Oh yeah? With what shiny new building? :sarcasm:
     
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    If you think anyone on this board is stupid enough to believe you are from Winnipeg, then you are clearly dumber than 10 COG's combined.
     
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    You guys have been doing that for close to 2 years now. Where da team at yo? :laugh:
     
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    You know it's really weird when someone responds to a journalist story on a message board.

    Like who posts parts of his column and then responds?

    Just a troll baby, just a troll.

    This is probably the worst thread ever on HFboards and one just to cause hate towards Canadians and Winnipeg.

    I wonder about the agenda of the OP.
     
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    Right now, in Phoenix. Come October 2012, in Winnipeg permanently.

    Then where will your team be at yo? :laugh:
     
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    XX Sticky Icky Icky

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    And if that doesn't happen? I fully expect an amazingly vapid, hateful piece coined by Shoalts about how the NHL hates Winnipeg. :laugh:
     
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    Bottom line is YOU CAN'T BLAME people from Winnipeg or Canada for the absolute disgraceful attendance in Phoenix since the beginning.

    I've heard all kinds of excuses (the best one is--location of jobing.com:laugh::laugh:) but you can't blame anyone but YOURSELVES for lack of interest in the team.
     
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    Oh dude, you are so bitter that it's not only funny, but borderline sad. I may actually start to feel sorry for you once the team is gone from Arizona.............maybe :laugh:
     
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    This is exactly what Ike wanted. To start a **** fest between the fine folks of AZ and Manitoba.
     
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    Does it somehow change my point either way? Friesen resents the idea ANYONE could get in the way of Winnipeg getting back the Coyotes, in much the same manner as some Hamilton reporters and posters are mad at the idea that Winnipeg may/will get a team before them. While my personal opinion is that Winnipeg probably would be the top contender simply because Bettman wants them to be, that isn't necessarily the case and a full scale bidding war for relocation might happen (again, though, I personally would not bet on that).

    Given the attitude in this thread and to an even further extent in the other threads, I would laugh for DAYS if the Coyotes ended up moving to Quebec City. That's the one Canadian city representing here that still seems to have the proper attitude of "we want an NHL team" rather than the destructive attitude of "we deserve an NHL team more than *insert city here*".
     
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    So you lump all the people in Winnipeg based on a message board and a few journalists?

    Glad you weren't alive during slavery.
     
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    Journalist stories are posted all the time for discourse here, on a daily basis.

    This happens all the time.

    Flame noted and passed on.

    Nothing in my original post does anything of the sort. Paul Friesen is the one who brought up the idea that the Coyotes, should they move, might not go to Winnipeg.

    More attacking the poster.
     
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    I'm 100% sure that the vast majority of people in Winnipeg DO NOT WANT PHOENIX to lose their team.

    They would just like a team of their own.

    But good for you Ike and your obvious agenda in starting this thread.
     
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    Wait until their building is built.

    If you think the humble prairie folk of Winnipeg can get sensationalist about their hockey...I direct your attention in about 18 months to the fine folk in la belle province. The google translators will be creating Three's Company-like misunderstandings and hilarity will ensue.
     
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    Maybe they will be smart enough to build an NHL sized arena.
     
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    I'm sure they will and as long as they don't stick it in the desert where they cant even give away tickets to fill their building, I think they'll be alllllright.
     
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    No one, not even the staff, take the Winnipeg Sun seriously. If you're going to skewer the pro-Jet media there are better options out there for you.
     
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    Heh. Okay. Lawless in Free Press had a much better article that didn't include whining about how Winnipeg was mistreated but I don't read him enough to know if that's typical.

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/hockey/death-watch-117507898.html

    THIS was an excellent article.

    There's a guy who gets his stuff put on Slam Sports all the time, can't remember his name now, but he was just as bad as Friesen.
     
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    I think you forfeit the right to ***** at people for wanting to "steal" your team when you "stole" it from them in the first place.
     
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