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Is Winnipeg a suitable NHL market?
Tue, March 30, 2010

KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

There are a couple of big ifs involved, but signs suggest the NHL considers Winnipeg as a viable option for the relocation of the Phoenix Coyotes, should it come to that.

On Monday, a report surfaced in the Phoenix Business Journal stating the NHL is working on a backup plan to move the Coyotes to Winnipeg, should the current deal to sell the team to Ice Edge Holdings or a potential deal to Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf fall through.

Rumours of a potential return of the NHL to Winnipeg have been heating up for months, especially since it became known that Canadian billionaire David Thomson is a partner in True North Sports & Entertainment — who run the MTS Centre and own the AHL's Manitoba Moose.

The article in the Phoenix Business Journal cites two sources, with knowledge of the Coyotes finances and ownership, confirming the deal between the NHL and Thomson has been completed in principle and that the move could take place in time for the start of the 2010-11 season.

Do you think Winnipeg can step up and be a viable NHL market in the near future? Have your say in our forum

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Of course Winnipeg would be a viable market! What a stupid question. We'd be above average in revenue in terms of teams, We'd be in the top 10 in attendance (people actually showing up to the games). Jets will fly again next season!
Matt, 2011-03-02 19:49:07

Hamilton will support before Winnipeg. Besides , it's the only way Leafs fans can possibly get a close up of the cup,but to come to Hamilton
bradley, 2010-05-12 19:42:00

Just read that Bettman's buddy Reinsdorf got the Coyotes . What a susprise , I predicted this while they were still in Bankrupcy court . The little weasle stikes again , how many more millions of dollars will the NHL bleed off with him in charge ? How many more solid fans will walk away while he courts the fly by night fans ? What next team will the little dictator steer towards his cronies ? How low can Bettman's group sink ? Stay tuned to the National Hockey Laff
Bob, 2010-04-14 16:51:03

I agree that it would be wonderful to see the Phoenix Coyotes return home-especially since the other teams that make money (both of them?) must be tired of tossing money into the equalization pot. But is there enough corporate $$$ in the Peg to make it viable? Especially if the Canadian dollar ever drops twenty cents again. At least they're not playing in "The Barn" anymore.
Jimbobogie, 2010-04-05 19:05:06

That sounds reasonable on the surface, ###, but the sad fact is, the NHL and Bettman would rather have a half-full arena in Atlanta, Tampa or Miami with a possibility - remote as it might seem - of interesting thousands more through Versus TV, than a full arena in Winnipeg (or Quebec) with absolutely NO interest in any game there south of the border on Versus. Just look at the games they cover. Not one - not one - emanate from a Canadian city. They couldn't care less down there about any of the Canadian cities - including Toronto. Hell, even the Jays and Raptor can't draw flies down there if they happen to be on a U.S. covered game on TV. Which is rare anyway.

But up HERE you see doofuses in the stands all over Canada wearing NY, NJ, Chicago, Detroit or whatever jerseys and I'd bet most of them aren't from the U.S. to start with. Face it, they could not possibly care any less about teams based north of the 49th. And why should they? I guarantee you if the Cup finals come down to say, San Jose vs Washington I won't be watching. Better things to do in June.
GaryO, 2010-04-02 23:40:54

Both Winnipeg and Quebec City are great NHL Hockey markets. Southern Ontario should also get another NHL team as well.
Vince in Ottawa, 2010-04-02 03:31:13

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apryldavid, 2010-03-31 10:17:23

The reason Hamilton would be ideal for a team would be based that the area arounf the horseshoe hasn't had a NHL for years, Can't count Buffalo, since it's in the states.
Tom, 2010-03-30 17:35:59

Bring the Coyotes to Winnipeg! As a Leafs fan, I always enjoyed watching them play the Jets. People in Winnipeg are real hockey fans, unlike the ones in Phoenix.
George, 2010-03-30 16:59:30

Cleveland?? Are you nuts? There will never be TWO Ohio-based teams in the NHL.
AC's dumb, 2010-03-30 16:47:30

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