I hate this sense of entitlement that Canadians have that they should have a team. Ive said it before, i'll say it again: A team in Winnipeg adds nothing, in terms of money and growth of the game, for the league. It gives the league a wasted TV ratings/revenue spot if winnipeg is in the playoffs. Its sad that if Atlanta had a good team we wouldnt even be having this conversation. Its nothing to do with their market or fan base, just that the team isnt, and hasnt been, good.
First off, I am very proud of my heritage being from Canada. I am extremely proud to be Canadian. However, like you stated, there are many who have this chip on their shoulders when it comes to hockey. Like you stated, a team in Winnipeg doesnt effect anything. I would have rather seen a team from either of the Dakotas or Montana or even Alaska for that matter, not saying that it would work and there would be a big fan base though there.
I understand why they are super happy about this and everything being that Hockey is a huge part of their lives, but simmer down a tad. The team is not going to take the cup first season in. Its unrealistic.
On a side note, how does a new franchise go about putting a team together and a roster. Where do the players come from?