The NHL will indeed return to Winnipeg this September.
But it will not be the Jets. However, it could be the reigning Stanley Cup champs.
The NHL has yet to confirm it but tickets are already being sold to yet another exhibition game — this time between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning — at the MTS Centre on Sept. 22.
Yes, that means that Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith et al could be in town with some major hardware to show off.
Even Bryan Toews, Jonathan’s dad, has heard the rumblings.
“We’d be very excited for sure, especially if Jonny can pull this series off,” he said, referring to the Stanley Cup final between Chicago and the Philadelphia Flyers. “A little homecoming would be very exciting.”
According to an e-mail sent out, tickets are being sold for from $44 to $109 per seat and will give fans yet another taste of the type of prices they can expect if the NHL ever does decide to give Winnipeg another chance to prove it can actually support a franchise. Other ticket prices listed are $54, $64, $74, $84 and $94.
Many local fans have doled out big bucks for NHL exhibition games in the past when such squads as the Edmonton Oilers, Minnesota Wild and even the Phoenix Coyotes have played pre-season games here.
The Coyotes, of course, are currently the carrots the NHL keeps dangling before Winnipeg’s eyes.