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NHL realignment to come next season?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors

Winnipeg JetsTo say the geographical situation in the NHL is less than desirable would be an understatement. With the move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg (to play as the Winnipeg Jets) means that the Jets will have some of the most arduous travel schedule in history, but NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman thinks he has a solution to the problem, and he’ll spend the next two and a half months reviewing the situation.

 

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Evander Kane and the number nine

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL, Rumors

Evander KaneAs the Winnipeg Jets continue to sort out the many issues facing them before returning to the ice this fall, one of the more publicized issues revolves around Evander Kane and his wearing of the number nine. That’s the same number that former Winnipeg Jet and Hockey Hall of Fame member Bobby Hull wore and was retired by the first incarnation of the Jets. While technically that history now belongs to the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, many think it’s wrong for Kane to wear the iconic number.

 

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Stephen Brunt announces sale and move of Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: News, NHL, Rumors

Stephen BruntWith a sudden yet staggering announcement, it seems that the Atlanta Thrashers have finally found new ownership. Except those owners happen to be True North Sports and Entertainment – a company who already owns the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and the MTS Centre arena. Stephen Brunt, who broke the news Thursday night, has already taken significant heat for doing his job because, as expected, nobody would allow such ground-breaking news to just take off.

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Glendale City Council votes to keep Phoenix Coyotes

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Front Office, News, NHL

Jobing.com ArenaIt ain’t over yet. The Glendale City Council has voted in favor of paying the bills to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona for yet another season. The Council’s 5-2 vote on Tuesday night means the city will pony up $25 million to the NHL that it pledged a year ago. That, by the way, is taxpayer money coming from citizens who have more than proven that for the most part, they are uninterested in the game on ice out in the desert.

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Rumors sending Phoenix Coyotes back to Winnipeg?

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors

Shane DoanBoth co-hosts on Hockey Central at Noon, a Toronto-based radio program, have claimed that numerous sources confirmed with them that the NHL would announce a move for the Phoenix Coyotes organization back to Winnipeg. Former NHL tough guy Nick Kypreos and former NHL general manager Doug MacLean both have very credible names among sports media and the fact that both have independently heard the same rumors lends a lot of weight to the claims.

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Tkachuk’s career to close Saturday night

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, NHL

Keith TkachukThe latest in a long line of NHL greats has announced his pending retirement as of the end of the season. Keith Tkachuk will play his final game on the road against Nashville this coming Saturday, after which he’ll unlace his skates as a professional hockey player for the final time after a 19-year long career. In that time, Tkachuk has established himself as one of the greatest American-born hockey players with one of the most deceiving names to pronounce.

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Moving back to Winnipeg is a bad idea

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Rumors

Teemu SelanneThere’s been a lot of talk in the last year about the Phoenix Coyotes moving back to Winnipeg from whence they came; some of it legit, some hopeful ramblings. It seems we’re talking about the former again as Jerry Reinsdorf’s name is once again in the mix as a potential purchaser of the franchise, this time with an out clause that will allow him to move the team. Winnipeg is being named as a potential city to relocate.

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