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.
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