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Who: at Flyers

When: 7 p.m. Thursday

TV; radio: SPSO; 680 AM, 93.7 FM

* The Thrashers are coming off Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Canadiens. They have beaten the Flyers, the top team in the Eastern Conference, twice in three games this season. The past two games were won in extra time.

* The Flyers, who have clinched a playoff spot, are coming of Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Penguins

* The Thrashers power play is 1-for-21 over the past seven games, including an 0-for-10 streak in the past three.

* The Thrashers lead the NHL in empty net goals allowed with 14 and are 27th in the league with a minus-38 goal differential.

* Nik Antropov’s 14th goal of the season, scored at the Canadiens, ties him for fifth on the team.

* Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is tied for third in the NHL with a plus-30 rating.

- Chris Vivlamore

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Relocationist

March 30th, 2011
6:31 am

It was announced early today that the Manitoba Moose hockey franchise was traded to the city of Altnata for the Atlanta Thrasher NHL (allegedly) franchise. Because the Moose roster has more skill and a better work ethic, the city of Atlanta was also forced to fork over an undisclosed amount of cash. The hockey fans of Manitoba are organizing a demonstration at city hall in Winnipeg to protest the trade. They view going from minor league hockey to the Thrashers as a down grade.

Wrath of Thor's beak

March 30th, 2011
9:00 am

wow that was witty and original. our team might stink but i’m glad they don’t dive and whine like the habs do. that was awful last night. every time a hab player was in the vicinity of an atlanta player the hab player went down to the ice like he was shot with a hunting rifle and immediately started crying to the refs, even that little chode Gomez, who head butted evander kane..like a spoiled brat Gomez pointed and cried to the refs and the fans started calling the police, of course.. and the 200 people in winterpeg massed their mobile homes and started circling the thrashers once again. people in quebec were rumored to be quoting the fact in french that they want an arena thus that should mean that they deserve a team that already has one. the phrase ‘cart before the horse’ obviously makes no sense to them based on my dealings with the canadian education system if you can call it that, aye. .

Winnipeg Jet

March 30th, 2011
10:14 am

Bring us our Thrasher (whatever that is)! We will just call them the Jets anyway,Eh? Must move the Moose in order to get Thrasher.
Just remember us Winnipegers started the entire White Out craze (or Black out, whatever) when our Jets would go to the playoffs.
Time to dump Blueland (whatever that is) and come back to the True North where the ThrasherJet will become godlike.

SomaAtl95

March 30th, 2011
10:32 am

Boy, you winnipeggers just don’t get it. The more negativity you throw out towards US based teams that you feel don’t “deserve” hockey the worse its going to be when you get your Jets back. Stop complaining about losing your team, we lost the Flames in 1980 and are tired of hearing how you feel slighted. Wait another 5 years to get your team back and I hope that as long as your “New Jets” are in existence all you hear about is how your city sucks, your fans suck, and your team sucks… because that is what we have to endure here in Atlanta.
Whatever goes around, comes around, Winnipeggers…

Relocationist

March 30th, 2011
10:33 am

Winnipeg Jet
I hope you get the team. That will put an end to the comments like the one that was posted just before yours (representative of the Thrasher family). A person from the American south actually tried to play the ‘education’ card. Now, that’s funny. On top of that, he is critical of the Habs. Wow, with Atlanta’s fine hockey heritage I guess he has the right to be critical of original six teams. Anyway, this will be a moot arguement in a couple of years once the Thrasher name is removed from the NHL community and the team is moved to a good Canadian location where it belongs. Go Winnipeg! Go Jets!

SomaAtl95

March 30th, 2011
10:36 am

And Just like the people in Calgary have no idea what a flame is, get on wikipedia and learn yourself on what a Thrasher is. Obviously its a bird.If you’re going to make fun of something at least educate yourself on what you are making fun of.

SomaAtl95

March 30th, 2011
10:39 am

Fine Relocationist.You guys can have the Thrashers. We will take the Flames back, SINCE THEY WERE OUR TEAM BEFORE CALGARY “COYOTED” US. See that arguement plays on both sides of the border.
And how lame are you guys trolling on a newspaper website of a city that you’ve probably never been to? That must make you experts on Atlanta, huh?

Winnipeg Jet

March 30th, 2011
10:46 am

Thanks Relo.
I understand that Thrasher fans could be upset about their team leaving, especially two teams from the same sport, but we want our National Pastime back and this is the way to get it. Hockey teams move around. Just ask the Whaler fans, or Golden Seal fans eh?
Bring our JETS home to Portage and Main!!!

Winnipeg Jet

March 30th, 2011
11:09 am

No hard feelings Soma, but maybe you guys should get the Knights Back.
You can learn and grow with them. Besides, you are willing to desecrate your National Anthem by yelling KNIGHTS during the performance.

Wrath of Thor's hair juice

March 30th, 2011
11:23 am

A Whineypeg fan that defends the Habs? Smells like bandwagon city! waaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

schmeckdawg

March 30th, 2011
11:54 am

The Winnipeg Thrashers. Has a nice ring to it don’t you think…eh!

schmeckdawg

March 30th, 2011
11:58 am

Winnipeg Jet

March 30th, 2011
10:14 am
Bring us our Thrasher (whatever that is)! We will just call them the Jets anyway,Eh? Must move the Moose in order to get Thrasher.
Just remember us Winnipegers started the entire White Out craze (or Black out, whatever) when our Jets would go to the playoffs.
Time to dump Blueland (whatever that is) and come back to the True North where the ThrasherJet will become godlike.

It’s all good with me because they suck. Plus I have relatives in Winnipeg so if I ever WANTED to visit, I could go watch these clowns up there. Also, for what it is worth Winnipeg Jet, the Thrasher is the state bird of Georgia. I thought that sucked as a nickname also.

Relocationist

March 30th, 2011
12:33 pm

One of the problems some Thrasher fans have is that they believe everyone in Atlanta wants this team to stay here. I’ve been in ATL since ‘86. The only hope for the franchise is to relocate it to another city. If it’s Winnipeg, fine. Some reports say this team has lost $130 million over the past 5 years, the arena is in a terrible location and there is probably a core of not more that 6,000 NHL fans in this city. The Thrashers simply don’t belong in Atlanta. Anyone buying the team with the thought of keeping them here is a fool. A new arena on the north side of town, a new ownership group and the sudden arrival of about 10,000 more hard core fans whould could afford NHL ticket prices, well, then maybe it would work. But, that ain’t happenin’ any time soon.

Zombie Steve

March 30th, 2011
1:57 pm

I hope Weinerpeg does eventually get that NHL team they’ve been crying for so the Thrashers can b**** slap them in Blueland.

Hildymac

March 30th, 2011
2:15 pm

Wow – which Canadian newspaper website linked to this preview?

I’m all in favor of Winnipeg getting a team – I miss the Jets (of course, I also miss the ‘Diques, Whalers, and the divisional and conference names how they should be). But seriously – if the economy up there is so awesome, build an arena that seats more than 15K, get some sponsorship (which is something the Jets struggled with b/c Winnipeg’s a government more than a commercial hub), and show you can support a team. Bettman can’t turn down a buck – you’ll get your team yet.

But saying it’s a birthright and that you’re the only ones who deserve a team because you invented the sport? Come on – Americans don’t freak out about Japanese playing baseball like that. Cut some of these weird jingoistic notions loose. Hey, if you lose the expansion teams by anything other than relocation, that’ll be fewer teams that Canadians can play on, not to mention fewer new markets for people to play hockey *in*. If you love your sport that much, don’t you want to see it grow?

Winnipeg Jet

March 30th, 2011
2:40 pm

I’ve been to Phillips and I’ve seen what the Thrash has to put up with down there. One half of the arena is empty because of the corporate write off tickets and the other half is hoping for Willie Plett to come off the bench and start a fight.

We’ve got scores to settle with Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. The Thrash are wasting away with “epic” battles between Tampa Bay, Sunrise FLA and Durham N.C. In front of 6 thousand fans, either home or away.
Time to pack ‘em up and bring to the Peg.

bugaga

March 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

Can someone create a special blog “Winnipegians babycrying” so all these comments would go there?

Relocationist

March 30th, 2011
3:33 pm

The only crying here is from Thrasher fans (both of them) who can’t handle the truth.

Winnipeg Jet

March 30th, 2011
8:30 pm

18 total hits on the Thrasher blog. Pack your bags Thrashers!!

Thrashers addict

March 30th, 2011
8:55 pm

go to hell eh!!!

Thrashers addict

March 30th, 2011
8:56 pm

Oh wait, you are there already…in Winnepeg.

Wienerpeg Trolls

March 30th, 2011
10:07 pm

Relocationist is the same troll who used to post here as Thrashered.

Wienerpeg Trolls

March 31st, 2011
12:08 am

By the way, his name is not “Willie” Plett you troll. It is “Willi” Plett. Wienerpeg trolls don’t know as much as they think they do.

Winnipeg

March 31st, 2011
11:07 am

Hi, im from winnnipeg. I like to troll struggling hockey markets newspapers websites and call thier fans idiots. I sit in front of my computer and do nothing but wear my jets jersey that is outdated and looks like crap, and drink beer and say Eh alot. I think ill go play with myself looking at a picture of the jets logo now.

sisu

March 31st, 2011
1:08 pm

funny stuff, a person from Gwinett pretending to be from Canada :) Downtown is the best location for the team, it would be insane to move it else where unless they would bring it to Kennesaw!

I think P.K. missed his calling for the Summer Olympics as a part of the Canadian diving team, I gave him 10 out of 10 on his performance the other night! That was worthy of a gold metal.

I think it is odd how Canadians want more teams in their country, this is understandable but maybe it would be better if the NHL would just have teams from the USA and CHL could be reused for the Canadian Hockey league that would only allow teams and players from Canada to play in it. That way the “national past time” could stay where it came from?

Michael B. Shapiro

March 31st, 2011
2:12 pm

It was announced here at the AJC that Atlanta’s Power-less Play will be foregone this evening as the Boys in Blue are just a tad more likely to score at even strength. As for short-handed goals, they have been entirely removed from the team’s consideration since the All-Star Break.

Winnipeg Jet

March 31st, 2011
2:33 pm

The debut of Jim Craig would bring a rare sellout to The Omni as he stopped 24 of 25 shots leading the Flames to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. However Craig would not win another game in 3 starts. In the playoffs the Flames would burn out quickly again as they won just 1 game as they fell to the New York Rangers in 4 games. Despite making the playoffs 7 times the Flames had just 2 postseason wins to show for it.

Some things just never change. A rare sellout at the Omni….the good old day eh.

Wienerpeg Trolls

March 31st, 2011
2:44 pm

The Winnipeg Jets were (past tense) a professional hockey team based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They played (past tense) in both the World Hockey Association (WHA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1972 to 1996. Due to mounting financial troubles, in 1996 the franchise moved (buh-bye) to Phoenix, Arizona, United States and became the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Jets finished dead last in the league for the next two seasons, including a horrendous nine-win season in 1980–81 that still ranks as the worst in franchise history. As Winnipeg was the league’s second-smallest market (eventually becoming the smallest market after the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver in 1995), the Jets were unable to retain their best players.

Some things just never change. The good old days, that are never coming back, eh????

NZ

March 31st, 2011
3:00 pm

Where will the Thrashers play in Winnipeg? The 15000 person MTS Centre? Yeah, just what the NHL wants to expand in the game?

Population of Manitoba? 1,232,654 Population of Atlanta? 5,290,078
Most definitely a reason for the NHL to force a relocation to a dying market?

What is going to happen once the Canadian dollar returns to its paltry exchange rate .6?

Winnipeg Jet

March 31st, 2011
3:39 pm

Thrashers only pull 13k per game. Majority of those fans are for the opposing team. Only three other teams draw worse.
The population of Atlanta, Georgia on March 31st 2011 is approximately 420,003. The NHL does not need to expand, just stop the bleeding.
Sell me the fact that thousands of fans drive up to watch the Thrashers from Newton County. Face it, they are all watching American Idol.
Reruns of America’s Top Model get a bigger share than NHL playoffs.

jimcee

March 31st, 2011
3:48 pm

Just to be a Devil’s Advocate, the market size doesn’t really matter…Green Bay has an NFL team…Los Angeles,San Antonio,Memphis,Salt Lake City,Orlando and Portland don’t.It comes down to fan base and Atlanta should be able to support an NHL team.It is a global city and as such the city’s corporate community/government should be doing everything reasonable to ensure the Thrashers stay put.Losing the Flames and the Thrashers would guarantee that Atlanta will not get another NHL team in our lifetime.I believe there are the fans and that with a new marketing approach,commited owners and an improving team the future could be very bright but people have to be willing to buy tickets now to see that happen.

One Timer

March 31st, 2011
4:00 pm

Winnepeg Jet… The Thrashers have averaged 15,000 per game over the past 10 years with 1 season of playoffs. The Jets, despite having a team with 11 playoff appearances in 15 years, averaged less than 13,000 per game. Attendance is not an argument for the Peg.

NZ

March 31st, 2011
4:03 pm

Winnipeg, if I recall correctly, the majority of the fans come from the METROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREA (I didn’t even go to the combined statistical area over six million), not the urban area, hence the total of approximately four million is more apt for this situation. Considering the affluency pattern of North America, it is necessary to include the suburbs. (It is self-explanatory what groups are attracted to hockey) Furthermore, if you didn’t notice, I gave the population of all of Manitoba, not just of Winnipeg. The difference in population distribution is quite different in the United States and Canada, considering the plethora of commutors and the existence of suburbs.

I’l admit that Winnipeg would perform slightly better in current conditions; however, these current conditions are very much skewed in favor of them and are not a fair indicator of the future. The population growth in Manitoba has been fairly small, while the southern United States (especially Georgia) has experienced massive population growth. Furthermore, there has been a shift of industry, and hence affluency, to the south that makes it very prosperous in the future. Really, the potential benefits of Atlanta dwarf the potential benefits of Winnipeg.

jimcee

March 31st, 2011
4:16 pm

NZ I agree with you.Having said that I would like to see the NHL stabilize the Phoenix and Atlanta situations and remain in those cities and then perhaps expand to Winnipeg and Quebec City in a few years.A vibrant NHL with 32 teams could be great.The six Canadian teams do bring in about a third of the leagues’ revenues.Add two teams at $250 million a pop and you have another $500 million in the NHL coffers to further promote the great game of hockey.

Real Canadian

March 31st, 2011
6:17 pm

Hi, I am from Canada and I don’t think Winnipeg should get a team. I watched this team in the 80’s and untill they moved in the mid 90’s. They were not selling out their building either and they had a decent team. They had players like Selanne, Tkachuk, Doan, Khabibulin, Numminen, etc. It is easy to say if they get a team, yeah I will go to the games but in that small building (MTS Center) ticket prices are going to be high. Economy is not the greatest and not too many people can afford a good seat for $150.00. Next I think they moved because the Canadian dollar sucked at the time and the players get paid in US dollars. Right now the dollar is at par but that can change in a heartbeat. Imagine, Canada’s game and everybody gets paid US dollars. I say the the league should focus on getting the Thrashers new owners and wait and see if this city would support the team if they get a winner. If my memory serves me right I think the Phillips Areana was sold out and rocking in the playoffs against the Rangers. So if this team finnally gets a winner and there is no support then move them.

Ox Baker

March 31st, 2011
7:05 pm

Thank you , RC!!
Finally, an objective view.
Now, WJ and Relocationist, step up and take your medicine, ’cause you are going to get “The Heart Punch”, and you will go down….

BLUELANDbeliever

April 1st, 2011
11:46 am

Every time a winnipeg troll posts here, Matt Cooke kills a baby……just sayin.. EH

Winnipeg Jet

April 5th, 2011
10:39 am

I wonder what our new TharsherJet logo will look like?