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#41 annabelle

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:51 PM

what I don't get is why people yearn for the days where there was a team in Winnipeg. Big deal - so there was a Winnipeg franchise in NHL94, I like Evgeny Davydov too - but the team was there 15 years and won squat. They will be operating under much more rigorous financial constraints now - why do we want this? Because 'the people of Winnipeg deserve it'? Look, it sucks that their team moved - but the real mistake was giving them an NHL franchise to begin with.

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:54 PM

Some areas are just better for hockey. Edmonton is in the middle of nowhere. Yet we never hear anyone putting them down about how they shouldn't have a team.

It would be nice to see Canada get another team again.


I don't think they should have one...but i don't matter..:P

Nice for who to see Canada get another team? :noclue: The people that can't afford seats?

I honestly think Hamilton would be a good choice, even though it's in Laff country..a Hamilton team would get alot of the Laff/Sens runoff and it's a nice city..unlike winnipeg or edmonton

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:55 PM

I think Derek thinks that Canada is somehow being deprived of hockey. :unsure:
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Posted 30 May 2007 - 10:57 PM

A girl at worr tonight got in trouble for not having the hockey game on in the clients lounge in her wing from the supervisor..He said she was "depriving them of Candian culture..." I on the other hand wasn;'t in trouble at all...because not only did I have it on in the lounge in my area but I also had the game on in every single room as I moved from one to the other...lol

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Posted 30 May 2007 - 11:01 PM

I just think KCity is too much of a no-brainer. There's a geographic rivalry with 2 teams in that division, plus everyone hates Detroit so that'll grow in time.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:37 AM

If you were moving into a hockey market, would you rather do this:

-Go to a place where there already are hockey fans, already are good local TV numbers, where once football is over, the only competition is baseball's answer to the Chicago Blackhawks, it's a blue collar town that would embrace these guys...and oh yeah, you're paying NO RENT WHATSOEVER.

Or...

-Go to a market like Hartford, that failed before, deal with competition from 4 other teams (BOS, NYI, NYR, NJ) in the area, plus minor league hockey in an already crowded sports area.

Or...

-Go to Houston or Portland and build from no or little (okay, the WHL and the old-school Aeros count) hockey tradition, somewhat of a rivalry to develop (HOU-DAL or POR-VAN) but really still, an uphill climb with the basketball team getting the better of the dates in the arena and media attention.

Kansas City is such a no brainer, there are easily the least obstacles for launching a team.


One minor problem...like Nashville, there is no demand for hockey in KC, and no hockey fans in that neck of the woods. This is going to be another place where you have to tell people they want hockey, show them why it's so great, educate them, drop ticket prices to get farmer john into the building. It's a huge endeavor.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 08:08 AM

Don't know where exactly to put this, but it was on the news this morning.

Jim Balisle has entered into a contract with Copps Coliseaum stating that nobody but Jim may use Copps for an NHL franchise. Why would Jim pay for such a concession if he had no plans? Food for thought.

So it looks like if the Predators are moving somewhere, it won't be Winnipeg.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:10 AM

The Copps Coliseum will probably just be a temporary home for the Preds until the Kitchener-Waterloo Arena is ready.

Winnipeg shouldn't give up though, they may get there chance at Atlanta, Florida, Phoenix, or Carolina. We can only hope Nashville is the first domino.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:23 AM

One minor problem...like Nashville, there is no demand for hockey in KC, and no hockey fans in that neck of the woods. This is going to be another place where you have to tell people they want hockey, show them why it's so great, educate them, drop ticket prices to get farmer john into the building. It's a huge endeavor.


right - just ignore the fact that KC has the highest ratings for hockey of any city that lacks an NHL team.

It amuses me to no end that ^7^ really thinks Winnipeg can support a team better than any of the cities mentioned.

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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:29 AM

I may be in the minority but I feel Guam has the most natural right to a team regardless of viability. So for me lets give a team to Guam, then Canada, and then maybe some US cities.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:39 AM

I don't think Nashville can move based on its lease agreement, but maybe Bettmen was pushing for an expansion team in Winnipeg.

The NHL needs to lose franchises, not expand
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 10:53 AM

It would be nice for Nashville, Florida, and Phoenix to be moved contracted.


There, I fixed it for ya. ;)

...Wasn't Hartford pushing hard for a new franchise? I haven't seen anyone mention them as a possibility. I agree it would be nice to see another team back in Winnipeg, but it doesn't seem doable.
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 11:46 AM

lol...has anyone actually BEEN to Winnipeg?

Sure the MTS is GORGEOUS and state of the art , but it is far too small
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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:00 PM

The Copps Coliseum will probably just be a temporary home for the Preds until the Kitchener-Waterloo Arena is ready.

Winnipeg shouldn't give up though, they may get there chance at Atlanta, Florida, Phoenix, or Carolina. We can only hope Nashville is the first domino.



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Posted 31 May 2007 - 12:51 PM

If anyone believes that the NHL should be cutting the number of teams then they should be a proponent of a franchise coming to Winnipeg..because one will never survive here..
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