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Old 12-13-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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As a Minnesota Wild fan I am here to say how great it is to see the NHL in Winnipeg again. The atmosphere at the MTC Centre it 100X anything they ever had in Atlanta. What a great game tonight and in front of a crowd that has a clue of hockey. Almost a playoff atmosphere. Game tied 1-1 2nd period.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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As a Minnesota Wild fan I am here to say how great it is to see the NHL in Winnipeg again. The atmosphere at the MTC Centre it 100X anything they ever had in Atlanta. What a great game tonight and in front of a crowd that has a clue of hockey. Almost a playoff atmosphere. Game tied 1-1 2nd period.
The MTS Centre is not a sufficient arena for an NHL team.

Does a move to Winnipeg mean success for the NHL, or did the NHL move to the wrong Canadian city? | May

I do wish them the best though, since they are now our only border rival.
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Old 12-15-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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As a Minnesota Wild fan I am here to say how great it is to see the NHL in Winnipeg again. The atmosphere at the MTC Centre it 100X anything they ever had in Atlanta. What a great game tonight and in front of a crowd that has a clue of hockey. Almost a playoff atmosphere. Game tied 1-1 2nd period.
Oh yes, from a hamlet.

Winnipeg is a hamlet in comparison to Atlanta. It's a joke that the NHL would even choose to allow a move from a metro of 5.7 million to a small (nearly Chattanooga or Knoxville sized metro) metro of about 600,000. That's a pathetic joke.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Oh yes, from a hamlet.

Winnipeg is a hamlet in comparison to Atlanta. It's a joke that the NHL would even choose to allow a move from a metro of 5.7 million to a small (nearly Chattanooga or Knoxville sized metro) metro of about 600,000. That's a pathetic joke.
hardly matters if Atlanta's population would have been 57 million if they couldn't find 10,000 people to attend a hockey game on a consistent basis.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Oh yes, from a hamlet.

Winnipeg is a hamlet in comparison to Atlanta. It's a joke that the NHL would even choose to allow a move from a metro of 5.7 million to a small (nearly Chattanooga or Knoxville sized metro) metro of about 600,000. That's a pathetic joke.
The franchise will generate more money in Winnipeg. They'll sell more tickets, concessions, jerseys and generate better tv ratings despite having a sliver of the population of ATL.
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Oh yes, from a hamlet.

Winnipeg is a hamlet in comparison to Atlanta. It's a joke that the NHL would even choose to allow a move from a metro of 5.7 million to a small (nearly Chattanooga or Knoxville sized metro) metro of about 600,000. That's a pathetic joke.
It's going to be a double "joke" when they move an NHL franchise from Phoenix (4.1 million metro) or Nashville (3 million metro) to a place like Quebec City (715,000 metro)
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Old 12-18-2011, 05:52 PM
 
Location: East St. Paul 651 forever (or North St. Paul) .
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It's going to be a double "joke" when they move an NHL franchise from Phoenix (4.1 million metro) or Nashville (3 million metro) to a place like Quebec City (715,000 metro)
Canadians are smarter than you think (I think).

Given the second opportunity, I suspect QC would embrace them and never let go, and I don't see otherwise in Winnipeg, either.

But even the MN Wild stopped seeing sellouts after 10 consecutive years, so you never know...
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:08 PM
 
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It's going to be a double "joke" when they move an NHL franchise from Phoenix (4.1 million metro) or Nashville (3 million metro) to a place like Quebec City (715,000 metro)
I'm not sure what disturbs me more...the fact that you nearly doubled Nashville's metro size, or that you think the team is still in danger of being relocated.


Seriously, people. Watch a damn game sometime.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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hardly matters if Atlanta's population would have been 57 million if they couldn't find 10,000 people to attend a hockey game on a consistent basis.
If you actually knew why the Thrashers were scooped up, you wouldn't speak such drivel. Attendance wasn't the issue. An inept ownership was the problem, along with wrong timing for the sale of the Thrashers and an NHL that needed the cash.
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:35 AM
 
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The franchise will generate more money in Winnipeg. They'll sell more tickets, concessions, jerseys and generate better tv ratings despite having a sliver of the population of ATL.
Oh please. The Coyotes should be the one in Winnipeg, if anything. That was the original Winnipeg franchise, not the Thrashers, which were an expansion team.

By the way, the Thrashers had higher attendance than the Coyotes, in a large metropolitan area with a greater presence of corporate sponsors and media.

The Coyotes were given over one year to find local ownership, and the only reason that they weren't scooped up is because the league wouldn't allow it because it would look bad on Bettman who originally wanted Winnipeg to move to Phoenix. Thus, they were given chance after chance after chance, and Glendale decided to support them with taxpayer funds.

The Thrashers were up for sale for three months, if that, and were not given opportunity to find local ownership in the way that other franchises are given. The fact is that the league needed money. Bettman did not want to "eat" his previous move, and so they were looking for a relocation fee to stablilize the league. Along comes Atlanta, who just happened to be selling at the right (or wrong time have you), and the league allowed an ambitious Winnipeg-based group of investors to acquire the Thrashers from quite possibly the most inept ownership group (Atlanta Spirit) the world has ever known, who were only too happy to sell the Thrashers. Forget the short sale of the Thrashers, the short time frame where local ownership wasn't given a fair share. No, what mattered was that franchise fee and Bettman not having to "eat" his mistake. Forget the Thrashers fans, who were only let in a few months earlier that the ownership did not care and was looking to sell.

Atlanta was a victim of the wrong timing and the worst of circumstances. It wasn't an issue of support at all.
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