View Full Version : Winnipeg to return as an NHL franchise

05-31-2011, 12:25 PM
Just heard over a press conference on the NHL website that the Winnipeg Jets are to return as an NHL franchise. The approval of the purchase of the Atlanta Thrashers must be approved by the NHL Board of Governors and then the league will scrutinize the city to ensure its viability as an NHL city. Might I say...it's about damn time!!


05-31-2011, 01:21 PM
Too bad no one will want to play there.

It will make Edmonton look like a tropical mecca.

05-31-2011, 01:25 PM
Make no mistake about it: As much as this is good news for the people of Manitoba, this is a setback for the league.

There is, of course, euphoria in the Manitoba capital and in many corners of Canada.

Around the NHL?

Said one former league marketing executive, now employed by another sports league, when asked for some perspective on Winnipeg's return: "Our worst draw every year was Winnipeg. Nobody wanted to go there. Nobody wanted to play there. Wives hated it. That was an opinion shared throughout the league."

The move to Winnipeg is not only a step north, but a step back for the NHL.

"You can say it's a step back. It probably is," said another league insider