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Thrashers Headed to Winnipeg

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by DCSholtis, May 31, 2011.

  1. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
  3. dettxw

    dettxw MRVing

    Nov 21, 2007
    Choctaw, OK
    Too bad for the die hard Atlanta fans, but 13,469 average attendance won't cut it.

    They're crazy about their hockey up North there, and with the better exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollar maybe the new team will do better in Winnipeg than the old one. Thing is, the MTS Centre only seats 15,015 for the current AHL team. Wonder if they will or can expand it?

    Saw the Jets in the old Winnipeg Arena in the early 90s when I lived in Grand Forks.
    Unfortunately that day they beat the Red Wings.
  4. TheRatPatrol

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I wonder if the Atlanta area will get the games on TV? I know when Winnipeg moved to Phoenix they still got the games on TV in Winnipeg.

    Lets see what kind of team and players they can put together. Should be interesting.
  5. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    The article implies that the attendance was directly proportionate to the product the put on the ice. :shrug:
  6. sum_random_dork

    sum_random_dork Icon

    Aug 21, 2008
    according to "rumors" via Twitter, FS South is looking to add either Carolina games or Nashville games to the ATL area.
  7. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Wonder what the re-alignment going to look like?

    My guess, Nashville moves to the SouthEast divison, as Winnipeg enters the Central.
  8. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Several sites and talking heads are saying that it's too late to move the teams for next season; so Winnipeg will stay in the SE for one year. After that Detroit will probably move east. I guess Columbus is also a possibility, but I'm guessing (and hoping) that Detroit is the one to move east.
  9. Jun 1, 2011 #9 of 24
    Jimmy 440

    Jimmy 440 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2007
    Any guesses to the Winnipeg team name ? Thrashers,Jets ?
  10. fireponcoal

    fireponcoal Icon

    Sep 26, 2009
    people seem to want to keep the jets name...... i kind of hope they do so as well at this point. as an oilers fan i'm just excited for a renewed rivalry...
  11. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    And next season there probably be another move because these seem to happen in small bunches.
  12. n3ntj

    n3ntj Hall Of Fame

    Dec 18, 2006
    Supposedly either Detroit or Columbus will be moving to the East for the 2012-2013 season to balance things out. Some other re-alignment is also in discussion, such as making a new Atlantic division with the Rangers, Devils, Bruins, Islanders, and Flyers.
  13. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Nashville seems like the more logical choice and would be a one-team straightup swap.
  14. djlong

    djlong Hall Of Fame

    Jul 8, 2002
    New Hampshire
    No way do you separate Boston and Montreal.
  15. dsw2112

    dsw2112 Always Searching

    Jun 12, 2009
    Yep, and no way do you separate Detroit and Chicago.
  16. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    Red Wings fans and the team want the team east so they don't have so many 10PM start times. Bettman said last year if they had to move someone east, it would be Detroit or Columbus; he said they were the only two teams in eastern time zone playing in the west and because both teams had requested a move to the east if a spot opened up.
  17. Drucifer

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    But Nashville only about 200 miles northwest of Atlanta.
  18. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    What's that mean for the 'Yotes?
  19. tenpins

    tenpins AllStar

    Jan 19, 2010
    Every Western Conference team would like to see Detroit go to the East. Unfortunately they realize that seeing the Red Wings every 3rd year (current scheduling) will cost them $'s in the end. IMHO its about attendance and the loyal following of the Red Wings do not live in the Eastern time zone other than the state of Michigan/ surrounding area. Other than the teams they have beat to win the Stanley Cup; not many Eastern teams hate the Wings. Western conference teams would love to have the cushy travel schedules that the east enjoys.
  20. trh

    trh This Space for Sale

    Nov 2, 2007
    NE FL
    I'm a loyal Wings fan and I live in the east, as do two other displaced Michiganders on my street. I also saw Detroit play in Tampa and Atlanta this season. The Red Wing fans were a significant part of the crowd in both cities. I think Detroit has fans in all time zones.

    So if it is about attendance and money, then Detroit should definitely move east. The eastern arenas have more seats than the western ones. It doesn't matter if Detroit, Nashville or Columbus is moved east; still more seats in the east. So following your argument, Detroit, which had the largest road attendance of all teams, has the potential to draw more fans in the east thereby increasing the gate for the NHL. Also Detroit's TV revenues are lower right because the majority of their away games happen at 10 or 10:30PM. Get them in the east and their TV revenues could also increase.

    But moving Detroit east will cause a domino effect within the eastern conferences. As RasputinAXP said previously, moving Nashville to the SE will be a one-for-one with Atlanta/Winnipeg.

    Of course if Phoenix is sold next season, they could be moving and that will change all of this. And who knows what is going to happen to Florida by the end of next year. Might be a totally different picture within the NHL this time next year.

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