Burrows not sad to see Thrashers move

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:08 PM ET

VANCOUVER - Sorry, Atlanta, but Alex Burrows is not sad to see you lose your team.

Not when the relocation of the Thrashers franchise means Winnipeg is back in the NHL.

"I would rather play in a 15,000-seat arena like the MTS Centre that is full every night than in a 20,000-seat arena in Atlanta that has 5,000 people in it," Burrows said candidly on Tuesday, just hours after commissioner Gary Bettman's announced that the league is returning to Manitoba.

Burrows knows just how passionate Winnipeg fans can be, having spent time there with the Manitoba Moose, the Canucks' AHL farm club.

"The NHL is going to be a huge success there," said Burrows. "The fans there care about the game so much.

"I remember the last game we ever played at the old Winnipeg Arena with the Moose. It was against San Antonio and the fans had a whiteout. They were all dressed in white.

"I remember them all chanting, 'We want the Jets.'"

Ask, and ye shall receive.

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