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#1 Derek21

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:00 PM

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5/28/2007 8:19:43 PM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (CP) - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave his strongest indication yet Monday that having a team return to Winnipeg could happen one day.

Bettman, in his state-of-the union address to the media before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, referred to an editorial in a Canadian newspaper he read this week which suggested that if the NHL did add another Canadian team it should go back to Winnipeg first because they have a new building and the NHL owes it to them.

"I'm not opining on whether or not that's an opinion that I agree with, but it is an interesting and intriguing thought," Bettman said in a comment that raised eyebrows.

While he stressed that there really hadn't been that much thought put into it at this point and that he had no plans for any current NHL teams to re-locate or for the league to expand, he does see the chance for Winnipeg to get a team back one day.

"When we had the chance to go back to Minnesota, we did. Because it made sense, the right ownership, the right building situation," said Bettman. "The market was strong and vibrant. We haven't studied Quebec City or Winnipeg or anywhere else in Canada, but the notion that if it could work to put a franchise back in a place where one was lost, feels good - provided we don't wind up in a situation where we've created a prescription for another failing franchise.




"So am I intrigued? It's obviously something I've thought about in terms of trying to make right something that one point in our history went wrong."


The Jets left Winnipeg for Phoenix after the 1995-96 season. Bettman believes the salary cap and revenue sharing facets of the new collective bargaining agreement provides a chance for a market like Winnipeg to make a go of it.


But another team in Toronto? Bettman is not a fan of that idea, despite the fact there are three clubs in the New York/New Jersey area and two teams here in Southern California.

"It's not something I've given any thought to," Bettman said of having another team in Toronto. ".. I frankly think, and I live in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, it's tough for all the clubs to get media attention, particularly when they're having tough years on the ice.

"There's some real downside to having multiple teams in one market."

The message seems clear from the commissioner: if Jim Balsillie wants to move the Nashville Predators, the NHL would rather have them move to Winnipeg than Waterloo, Ont., the home of the Research In Motion CEO.

But Bettman also said too many people are wrongly assuming the Predators will move.

"I met with Mr. Balsillie last week and I specifically asked him whether or not he had specific plans or intentions with respect to moving this franchise and he told me that he did not," said Bettman. "So I think there's been entirely too much speculation in terms of what comes next."

Balsillie's purchase of the Predators still needs owners' approval, a vote that could come later in June.


Bettman also addressed:

- Rick Tocchet, who last Friday in New Jersey pleaded guilty to promoting gambling and conspiracy to promote gambling in a plea deal. He has been suspended by the NHL from his job as Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach since the investigation opened in February 2006. The NHL is also still doing its own investigation. "I'm not really in a position to say what's going to happen until there's a complete disposition of his case and until our independent investigator has had an opportunity to interview him, finish interviewing some other people, and then present his report," said Bettman. "At that point I'll be able to make a determination in terms of what his status should or should not be."


- Bettman said he expects league revenues to have increased between 6.5-7 per cent this season, which means the $44-million salary cap will likely rise to between $48 million or $49 million for next season;

- More games in Europe or an increased presence in Europe will also continue to be a focus for the NHL.

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:54 PM

I think it would be cool to have a franchise back in Winnipeg. However I do not know as much about the area and how good they can support a team due to things like economics and general population aspects that would affect an NHL franchise as much as other posters around here. I just think it would be nice to restore a franchise that was lost.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 09:59 PM

Possibly Nashville moving to Winnipeg? :noclue: Doubtful but it looks like Bettman wants a team there. I wouldn't mind seeing Winnipeg comeback to the NHL.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:30 PM

Way too much is being read into this, IMO. It seems he likes the concept, but so do a lot of hockey fans. I don't see Bettman being so into bringing a team back to Winnipeg that he'll actively try to make it happen, though.
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Posted 28 May 2007 - 10:41 PM

wow, way to get the hopes up of the people in winnipeg.

it's not happening, and it shouldn't happen.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:49 AM

wow, way to get the hopes up of the people in winnipeg.

it's not happening, and it shouldn't happen.



Link? Article? To prove that it cannot happen?
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 12:58 AM

Way to get the douches here in winnipegs hopes up..now for SURe all I will hear about is..OMG THE JETS ARE COMING BACK! doooo-shbagsss....

I was sure that Balsille couldn't move the Preds for seven years of becoming owner UNLESS he got the ok from the NHL. It's not that I don't want a franchise in Winnipeg, I just wish that these idiots would stop saying the "jets are coming back' and get it through their thick skulls that if a team came here, they wouldn't be the jets..These are the same morons that, at every hockey event, are wearing the jkets jerseys and holding up signs that read, "bring em back" "go jets" and other lame things, all the while screaming GO JETS GO GO JETS GO! Really it's embarassing
Besides IF a team came here the "fans" would only sell out the mts for 2 seasons tops and then the novelty would wear off, and people would be scared to go to the mts because of all the homeless people and aggressive beggers that congregate around the arena which is right downtown and around the side streets that lead to the parking lots which are both VERY dimly lit.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 07:57 AM

Link? Article? To prove that it cannot happen?


does the city of Winnipeg have a lot of potential to grow?

was the city of Winnipeg a huge hockey hotbed - was their attendance great?

Can the city of Winnipeg generate the $40 million in ticket sales and concessions to compete as a National Hockey League franchise?

They're not going back there.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 11:43 AM

http://www.demograph...-can2006met.htm

Winnipeg is quite far behind the other Canadian-NHL cities in both present population and recent growth.

It appears if ANY Canadian city has a chance it would be Quebec, yet that is still 10 years down the line.



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Posted 29 May 2007 - 01:45 PM

I'm all for teams moving further west. We need to get teams like Dallas and Minnesota out of their division, where they are going through two time zones 4-5 times a year.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:11 PM

I don't think Nashville can move based on its lease agreement, but maybe Bettmen was pushing for an expansion team in Winnipeg.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:17 PM

I don't see Nashville going to Winnipeg. It would be nice to see Winnipeg back in the NHL but it is unlikely.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:17 PM

Bettman's pushing for Kansas City, make no mistake. An even better arena deal, plus the NHL's best non-market TV ratings.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:19 PM

Bettman's pushing for Kansas City, make no mistake. An even better arena deal, plus the NHL's best non-market TV ratings.



See now I can see Kansas City for the home of the Predators. Las Vegas would be a longshot.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 02:56 PM

I'm all for teams moving further west. We need to get teams like Dallas and Minnesota out of their division, where they are going through two time zones 4-5 times a year.



I'm actually all for scrapping this Eastern, Northeast Division crap and putting the teams into 2 divisions...one in the WALES conference and one in the CAMPBELL conference, and based the alignment based on what is good for hockey.

Teams have private jets, travel IMO is a touch overrated. It is not like Mike Modano is in coach, has a crying baby sitting in front of him and is being served a cold ham sandwich while watching 'Sweet Home Alabama" on the tiny movie screen.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 04:43 PM

So we'll ship a struggling team off to Winnipeg. Go Winnipeg Devils Go !!! :boogie:
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 08:51 PM

does the city of Winnipeg have a lot of potential to grow?

was the city of Winnipeg a huge hockey hotbed - was their attendance great?

Can the city of Winnipeg generate the $40 million in ticket sales and concessions to compete as a National Hockey League franchise?

They're not going back there.



Stop saying it like you really know. You act like it's fact. I hope they do get a team and sellout every game.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 10:40 PM

Kansas City will tempt the league though, a sweetheart arena deal, even better than the one in Nashville, and the NHL's highest local TV ratings for a non-NHL market? Plus a natural rivalry with the Blues and Hawks? In a blue collar town and a state where hockey is clearly flourishing, and will only get better when the Blues contend again?

That'll be a tough one to pass up.
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Posted 29 May 2007 - 10:47 PM

does the city of Winnipeg have a lot of potential to grow?

was the city of Winnipeg a huge hockey hotbed - was their attendance great?

Can the city of Winnipeg generate the $40 million in ticket sales and concessions to compete as a National Hockey League franchise?

They're not going back there.


The city has major "potential" to grow, but it is not going to. The city planners created the "perimeter highway" that's purpose was the make all areas of the city accessible quickly. Instead the perimeter highway has miles of empty space between it and the closest civilization. So I guess I'm saying that geographically the city has potential but major economic growth. Winnipegs not getting a team..thank god...

I don't understand why people insist on calling Winnipeg a "hockey hotbed". Sure there are alot of hockey fans here but it is the same amount as any other Canadian city. The people here call themselves hockey crazy but cannot even get out and support the Moose, and every true hockey fan knows the AHl is the best way to catch a glimpse of the huge future talents, or any other minor team.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 12:31 AM

The city has major "potential" to grow, but it is not going to. The city planners created the "perimeter highway" that's purpose was the make all areas of the city accessible quickly. Instead the perimeter highway has miles of empty space between it and the closest civilization. So I guess I'm saying that geographically the city has potential but major economic growth. Winnipegs not getting a team..thank god...

I don't understand why people insist on calling Winnipeg a "hockey hotbed". Sure there are alot of hockey fans here but it is the same amount as any other Canadian city. The people here call themselves hockey crazy but cannot even get out and support the Moose, and every true hockey fan knows the AHl is the best way to catch a glimpse of the huge future talents, or any other minor team.



Again. Where's the definitive proof that they're not getting a team? I'll never understand why you wouldn't want one. It would be a chance to see your Canucks.
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