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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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Center of universe province people....get your heads out of your @^@*&%@!es...how the heck does stinktown Hamilton think that they are more deserving for NHL than Winnipeg....they dont even support there CFL team...
Mike, 2010-03-30 13:26:44

yeah they can, they just have to turn back into the jets, for old-time sakes. Now they just have to move the hurricanes back to hartford.
jay g, 2010-03-30 12:47:06

Well, by the logic of Betman, it is. "Hey! Hockey! They'll love that in the desert! Or, how about in a market that's already failed to support a team, once? Ontario? Are you crazy? There have to be a million fans there, why can't they all buy seats at the ACC...what do you mean the ACC can't seat a million fans..."
Chris Hanlon, 2010-03-30 12:23:09

So long as the exchange rates stay close to even Winnipeg would probably work... they would be less able to weather a falling CAD than the Albertan teams.
Rupert, 2010-03-30 12:17:59

GO Winnipeg GO.
Buckwheeat, 2010-03-30 11:37:29

As your current survey indicates, most people indicate that Jim Balsillie would be their choice. It is time for the NHL owners to grow some cajones and tell Bettman to lose the Napoleon complex and deal with him and the City of Hamilton. Geez Winnipeg. What's next Kansas City?
Des, 2010-03-30 11:36:28

If they want to relocate the Coyotes for the next season, Winnipeg is the only reasonable choice. They've got a suitable building that can be NHL ready for the start of next season, a fan base, and a solid ownership group with both pro hockey experience (Mark Chipman) and cash (Thomson). They can have the team moved and ready to go by September.


Ron, 2010-03-30 11:14:42

If we can support an IKEA then we can support a NHL team again
Ryan, 2010-03-30 10:10:33

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