Could it be the Mayflower trucks aren’t coming after all?

Are you sitting down?

No, I mean it. I want you to be sitting, reclining or in any other way positioned so that, were you to lose conscience or simply become a little woozy, you won’t fall and hurt yourself. Same concern goes for those of you who may be tossing back a glass of orange juice or sipping a warm cup of coffee. I’d just hate for you to ruin a good keyboard or laptop because you spewed your morning beverage all over it and/or yourself after I drop this little info-bomb on you, the good citizens of Thrasherville.

Alrighty-then. Now that you’ve been properly warned and you’re prepared for this… here goes.

…ahem…

It has come to my attention that the Atlanta Thrashers will not…repeat…will NOT be relocating to Winnipeg, Manitoba. They will not be moving there before Friday’s game against the Flyers…not just after the All-Star game…not just after this season is over…not over the summer…not before next season…and not by next New Year’s Eve.

In fact, it is entirely possible that…and I really need you to brace yourselves for this little piece of 411… the Thrashers organ-I-zation are not relocating there or anywhere else, be it north of the border or otherwise, ever.

I know…I know…this must come as a complete and total shock to many of you out there in Thrasherville’s vast blogosphere. For oh-so many years, we’ve been preparing ourselves for the inevitable news of our team’s relocation. We’ve been mentally preparing for the morning in which we’d wake to the dreaded news that the Mayflower trucks had backed up to the practice facility at the Duluth Ice Forum in the middle of the night, packed and loaded up all things Thrashers into there cargo holds and commenced to haul our franchise off to the frozen tundra of Manitoba.

We have shivered in fear of this event, of course, because of all the reports from the Canadian blogosphere that have reported of our team’s imminent relocation for quite some time now. And who can blame those in Thrasherville for taking such opines to heart…I mean, what with all of their quotes from “high-level, credible unnamed sources” and all that. Honestly, it’s pretty impressive what they can crank out from the basements of their mothers’ homes in a pants-optional environment.

But this piece penned by Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press would have us…and the good people of greater Winnipeg…believe that the Mayflower trucks being held close by the Duluth Ice Forum can now be freed up for other duties. The Thrashers are, he explains, going nowhere in the foreseeable future.

Yes, that’s right my friends…a member of that city’s respected press corps has apparently come to the conclusion that maybe, just maybe, those that oversee the National Hockey League may just be of the frame of mind that the franchise might be better suited to remain in the capital of Georgia instead of uprooting to the capital of Manitoba.

Oh, it does appear to be painful for him to write the observation, and he does take the usual to-be-expected swipe at hockey fans and attendance issues here in Atlanta. But he does say it nonetheless, and for that he deserves a great deal of credit and kudos for doing so while residing in the city of Winnipeg.

Here is the meat and potatoes of Campbell’s write up:

Despite what “hot rumours” or buzz is out there courtesy of television panel discussions or tweets or blogs or columns, Atlanta Spirit doesn’t have a gun to its head nor is it in bankruptcy or up against any other critical deadline.

It has none of the urgency for a hockey solution that was required in Glendale, where the NHL refused to own the team any longer.

Atlanta has an owner/owners. They have resources. They own their arena. The have no external force pressuring their hand. Internally, they may or may not want to divest themselves of hockey but the panic of the Glendale plot is missing completely.

As well, the NHL is not presently interested in another franchise stability saga, especially since it hasn’t put the Coyotes matter legally and completely to bed just yet.

And there’s also that little item that whatever Atlanta Spirit may wish to do, it has the authority to do just about none of it without the collaboration, blessing and royal assent from commissioner Gary Bettman’s New York office.

If Bettman has a divine plan to this effect, he certainly hasn’t shared it with anyone at True North Sports and Entertainment. The folks there have been, shall we say, entertained by the recent buzz and rumours but have assured that not so much as a preliminary conversation about the potential has taken place.

So while Bettman’s deputy Bill Daly may be at-large saying some odd-but-true things about the Atlanta market, arena and fan dedication looking forward, the commissioner is on the record in words and deeds that he will go to all pains to keep franchises where they are and their values up.

As it stands today, none of that adds up to an appearance of the Thrashers in Winnipeg on Friday, by the end of the month, by Easter or even next fall.

Recently, some of our friends who run the cyber-rumor mills up in Canada-land have pointed to recent words spoken by Bill Daly regarding concerns over the Thrashers franchise. They cling to his words like Linus van Pelt does to his blanket as reasons to believe this team will soon make it’s way to town. “He must be sending us all a signal”, they insist. “Start printing the tickets”.

Of course, it could stand to reason that the deputy commish was simply trying to skirt around the question without saying something insensitive like, “Move a franchise from Atlanta to Winnipeg? Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha…”

“Wait…what…you’re serious. Have you been smoking moose droppings”?

However, Campbell wraps up his fine piece by addressing the persistence of the Great White North’s Blogmasters, regardless of what the “accuracy meter” shows in the wake of prior predictions. Their prognostications of the Thrashers shuffling off Winnipeg, he feels, are just as far off as when they insisted the Coyotes would be calling their fair city home just after last year’s Winter Olympic Games had concluded.

Of course, when that “deadline” came and went it was then surely to happen by Easter.

And then when that failed to come to fruition, it was September.

And most recently, it was certain to happen by some arbitrary December 31 “deadline”.

Anyway, as Mr. Campbell says…

We are a nation of coaches and general managers, 30 million strong. And some with blogs or websites or other audiences that think we’re smarter than franchise owners and executives.

In recent times, it seems that everyone and anyone paying attention to the NHL question in Winnipeg is looking to book some “I-told-you-so,” moment or prediction to be trotted out for credit when eventually the NHL comes to its senses and comes back to a hockey market.

Truth be told, the “I-told-you-so” theories aren’t worth much when the 2,247 others (equal to the number of days the MTS Centre has been open) haven’t turned out so well.

Indeed.

However, I’m sure those who make up Canada’s vast collection of cyber-“wanna be” journalists will continue to work at a feverish pitch generating tall tales of the impending relocation of [insert name of city with an NHL franchise they feel are unworthy to have such here] to [insert name of Canadian city that “deserves” an NHL team far more than anyone else below the Mason-Dixon line here]. And Campbell’s recent write up probably won’t discourage any who remain devoted in their faith of what the Winnipeg blogosphere continues to preach.

For a prime example of this, I point to the handful of comments posted below the writer’s article.

Again however, I warn you to hold off partaking of your morning beverage until after you do so. Otherwise, you’re likely to snarf hot coffee through your nose trying to hold back an outburst of uncontrollable laughter. And I would hate to feel somehow responsible for any singed nose hairs suffered by you while reading the words of those still beholden to such rumors.

73 comments Add your comment

BG33Brown

January 12th, 2011
7:27 am

Great article rawhide. thanks as always.

Horsetoothedjackass

January 12th, 2011
7:35 am

But there is one problem with the column. It continues to perpetuate the myth that Atlanta Spirit, LLC owns Philips Arena, when the only thing they “own” in regards to Philips Arena is the operating rights.

Rawhide

January 12th, 2011
7:36 am

BG33Brown – Thank you…and you’re welcome.

BTW, I’d like to take this time to thank frequent commentor to this blog and fellow twitter-er “Tom” for bringing Campbell’s article to my attention.

Sara

January 12th, 2011
7:43 am

*sigh* I hate this topic. And it’s been hashed to death.

But on a semi-related note … does anyone besides me wonder where the remaining members of Spirit came up with the dough to buy out Belkin?

hoosier_hoser

January 12th, 2011
8:21 am

Sara;

During the court case, Belkin did not have to participate in several capital calls. Once the court case was resolved, Steve had to settle up. I have not read what he owed in capital nor what he was paid for his equity. I think it is reasonable to assume that his capital shortfall was deducted from his buyout.

BTW: Good riddance to Belkin. He is the Donald Sterling of the NHL. This assertion about Steve in no way indicates support of Atlanta Spirit.

Not Blind

January 12th, 2011
8:26 am

They always seem to ignore the whole arena naming rights deal with Phillips.

On a more reality based note- I think the next game will tell as to whether this team makes the playoffs or not. Carolina is playing desperate hockey and I think that before January is over the Thrashers will find themselves in 9th place. Even if the Thrashers lose the next game they have to kick their level of play into the next gear.

Sara

January 12th, 2011
8:38 am

Hoosier – I knew Belkin had been missing capital calls during all the litigation but as I recall, he had to cough up over $20M last summer when the lawsuit was finally tossed out of court (in fact I think he was being required to escrow that money – I’ll go hunt for the AJC story in a minute). Even if he still had a “balance due” however, that buy-out still wasn’t going to come cheap. Between that and all the renovations that have taken place in the arena over the last couple years (LEED certification, suites, food court), I’m getting awfully suspicious of all this poor-mouthing coming from the owners. They are getting capital from somewhere – either they’ve leveraged themselves, dipped further into personal stores of cash/liquid assets, or they’ve been stashing for a while now – likely at the expense of player payroll among other things.

UGASlobberknocker

January 12th, 2011
8:43 am

I posted a comment on the Winnepeg column basically telling them to look elsewhere. It hasnt cleared their moderators yet but it will..it isnt inflammatory at all..then anyone who wishes to can see it at the bottom of the column that is linked to this article. My name there is “Atlanta Thrasher fan”

Sara

January 12th, 2011
8:49 am

The AJC article from last year when the judge tossed the appeal out: http://www.ajc.com/sports/atlanta-thrashers/hawks-thrashers-co-owner-314924.html

So Belkin owed up $25.8M total in missed capital calls, $2M of which had to be handed over at the time that story was written. So it’d be interesting to know how much of that ultimately got paid back versus perhaps used to off-set the buy-out. Even though Belkin likely didn’t get the $145M he had wanted, the buy-out had to have been well north of that total $25.8M he owed. So one way or another, the rest of Spirit in some fashion had to pony up some significant capital – cause I’m highly skeptical Belkin would take an IOU. ;)

Rawhide

January 12th, 2011
9:02 am

Not Blind – If you look at it from a points-winning percent perspective, the Thrashers are already in 9th place. With last night’s shootout win over Calgary, the Hurricanes now have a PW% of .571 while Atlanta has a .567 PW%.

There are certainly a good deal of “must have” points waiting for the Thrasher when they return to action. And with the likes of Philadelphia, Dallas, Tampa bay and Washington standing between them and those points, they have their work cut out for them before the ASG.

UGASlobberknocker – I look forward to reading what you posted.

Smoothie

January 12th, 2011
9:07 am

Again, I repeat, the city of Winnipeg, and the SOB who loves to spew his drivel like a deranged canuckledragger from Manitoba, can summarily BIEBERMYBALLS.

That is all.

Sara

January 12th, 2011
9:14 am

Thanks Smoothie – I now have some explaining to do to my daughters who, after reading over my shoulder, want to know what BIEBERMYBALLS means. I need a Twix moment.

Marcus Valdes

January 12th, 2011
9:32 am

On a side note if you watched the Carolina-Calgary game last night, their rookie, Jeff Skinner, sure looks like the real deal. Impressive for such a young guy….

Tom

January 12th, 2011
9:42 am

Rawhide,

I am just the guy who puts the ball on the tee for you. My pleasure comes from watching you hit it out of the park. :)

Great post!

Red Light

January 12th, 2011
9:48 am

Chicago Wolves right wing SPENCER MACHACEK and defenseman PAUL POSTMA have been selected to the Western Conference Team for the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross, which will take place at the Giant Center in Hershey, Penn., on Jan. 30 and Jan. 31.

Rawhide

January 12th, 2011
9:59 am

Smoothie – Well, er…uh….um….sheeze. Well, at least I have teenage boys so I don’t have to explain to young girls what that means. :grin:

Marcus Valdes - Agreed. Sharp looking kid. He was taken with the pick just before Burmistrov and Canes fans are loving him.

Tomtipping hat….Thank you, sir.

Red Light – That’s great for Machacek and Postma. Thanks for letting us know.

Cliff Fletcher

January 12th, 2011
10:12 am

Most of my Canadian friends are great people. But you have to understand that the hockey nuts in Canada will do anything to steal this or any other franchise. These idiots have concentrated their efforts on destabilizing a franchise that has already been unstable becuase of their own internal actions. “You are going to lose your fenchise anyday” has focused on keeping us all home. “What’s the use, the team is leaving anyhow” can now be put to bed.

Smoothie

January 12th, 2011
10:17 am

You should probably keep your daughters away from anything having anything to do with Justin Bieber if you really want to protect them.

Not Blind

January 12th, 2011
10:46 am

Rawhide, I don’t pay much attention to stats other than GF/GA and points. We have Center Ice and watch hockey everynight so I see a lot of other teams. This is what I base my opinions on. I watch teams like Carolina, Montreal, NYR, Boston, TBL, etc play at a level of intensity, physicality and skill the Thrashers don’t seem to posess. If the coaching staff can get the players to step it up then the future looks great. If they keep playing like they have in the last 15 games or so then we are in for a short season.

ZAvalanche

January 12th, 2011
11:03 am

Great article Rawhide. Umm…….there is is a reason the Jets left Winnipeg for Glendale. Why don’t they just get them back from AZ if they want a team so badly? They Coyotes situation much more dire than Thrashy’s. The major reason many of the Canadian teams left is because, at the time, the Canadian Dollar was worth about 60% of the American Dollar. They simply couldn’t afford to keep up with paying for top players. And their population is quite sparse so filling the seats every night would require a lot of season ticket holders. I love the game that Canada built and like most of the Canadian teams – not you Vancouver. Canada, be proud that your brothers and sisters to the south love your game and your country.

BTW, still p!ssed about $cam Newton. I have no problem with AU winning, but that guy needs to be kicked out of college. Here is a thought, why not just give scholarships for academics? I am not saying he isn’t smart, I don’t know the guy. But I busted my bum to get grad school paid for and there is no way I will be drafted by anybody. Just sayin.

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
11:16 am

I dunno if the cost of renting/owning property (in Canada) is telling of one of the negative business aspects of Canadian franchises, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all. The rent too damn high (tehe, sorry…couldn’t help it). If that’s the case, well I really do feel bad for those fans…until they troll again anyways. Then it’s verbal eviceration time.

BTW, I found it funny after the Leafs debacle to get called out about playing ice hockey by a Cannuckian Troll only to recently prove what I figured all along…lots of hockey fans in GA do play or have played on ice. Two words for those Canadian naysayers, SAPONARI BROTHERS. That’s just one example of quality ice hockey players coming out of nontraditional American markets, in this case POWDER SPRINGS,GA.

ZAvalanche

January 12th, 2011
11:21 am

Razor, there are a lot of Ice players in GA, I was one of them for the time I was there, playing at the Cooler in Alpharetta. There are a lot of suppositions about the South, some true, some not. Fact is a lot of people from the north move down for work and carry their sports with them. Just wait until Lacrosse becomes popular.

The Real Thrash

January 12th, 2011
11:27 am

WE are not going anywhere.
Let’s get serious with the negotiations with players we need to keep this team a good one.

Joe Friday

January 12th, 2011
11:31 am

Nice to read that during our down time here. But keep in mind, it’s just another guy with an opinion and I don’t see anything in that column that speculates that we’ll stay that gives it more credence than the columns we see speculating that we’ll move.

I personally think we’ll be staying in place but until the Spirit decides to open up their books for all of us to read and lay their future plans out for us, all we can do it hope and continue to speculate based on the tidbits of info we get to see.

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
11:32 am

Exactly, I’m a first gen Atlantan myself, so not southern at all really. That’s how most sunbelt cities (especially) are at this point, true burgeoning metro areas and transplants are why they’re booming in population, of course.

Back on the American NHL market…hockey is owned and operated by some successful businessmen, so there’s gotta be a reason why they’d opt into these nontraditional markets (which honestly goes far beyond just sunbelt teams if you think about it). In other words, there’s gotta be someting more palatable economically for them, that’s generally THE ISSUE for most businessmen, not “oh it’d be pretty swell to own someting in Miami”. Money talks, bull**** walks, so I hear anyways.

World Be Free

January 12th, 2011
11:50 am

Let’s face it people, Winnipeg is not really a city it’s a big town out in the middle of nowhere. It takes alotta dollars to maintain any major sports franchise and I just don’t see Winnipeg or Quebec City being able to generate the money. Canadian teams want to win too, they just don’t want to exist. So keeping a team at the low end of the salary cap would simply be unacceptable for any Canadian city. Once the honeymoon of getting the team back was over, the problems would start to multiply.

ZAvs- the Looney devaluation was an issue when the Jets left Winnipeg. Now you can add escalating saleries as another reason the NHL (of today) won’t fly in Winnipeg. Same reasons why the Nordiques left Quebec City for Denver.

What ever happened to Dion Phaneuf? The guy went from being a monster to a liability. Part of his issue is that he looked good on good teams but was over valued. They guy just isn’t good enough to lift bad teams like his old one (Calgary) or his new team, the Maple Loafs. Is that Dion’s fault?

Sara

January 12th, 2011
12:22 pm

Honestly Smoothie I’ll take JBiebs over most of all the other crap on the radio these days. He refrains from discussing pimps and hos and drinking and drugs – at least until he has his “Britney” moment. Sure beats Kesha or Hannah “rapidly becoming the ho of” Montana. And I play them plenty from my musical collection – since while plenty of it contains drug references, at their age “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” goes right over their heads. ;)

WBF – the more saner voices of reason up in the Great White North frequently point out the upside relation of the Canadian versus US dollar right now as one reason why they need to temper their enthusiasm. One day the US economy will rebound (honestly … any day now …. really … ) and then those potential relocated franchises would be in big trouble. People forget all too quickly that the lockout wasn’t just about stabilizing markets like Atlanta or Nashville but also Edmonton and Ottawa.

Tony C

January 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

Dion Phaneuf I think is a victim of his own talent-guy has it in spades, but I think he got so much positive press and all the trimmings of being the new hot rookie on a Cup Contender Deep In the Heart of Canuckia (clapclapclapclapclap) then he’s brought in to Toronto with alll sorts of fanfare and all the trimmings of being a Maple Leaf (and being anointed as THE GUY that’s going to turn it around for them) that he got overly comfortable and perhaps doesn’t put in the work to improve himself – contrast that with (man this pains me to say) Cindy. Cindy is renowned for working at a pace that is exceptional even among professional athletes. Every summer he targets his weakest area and gives it special attention-Look at his improved numbers in the circle for evidence of this-I think Phaneuf doesn’t come anywhere close to that sort of dedication and obsession with his craft. I think he’s able to get by more on God-given talent than hard work-maybe he’s biding his time until TML are able to stockpile a bit more talent? But for the time being he’s enjoying the life and sleeping in rather than getting up and down to the rink before the other guy does

Marcus Valdes

January 12th, 2011
12:44 pm

Side note: Looks like we aren’t the only one to fall to the Maple Leafs of late. They have won 4 in a row. Looks like we caught them at the beginning of a surge…..

Hoof Arted

January 12th, 2011
12:56 pm

Marcus Valdes, did we catch them at the beginning of a surge or did we catapult them to one? lol

I have no issue with hockey fans in Winnipeg, Quebec or any other Canadian city wanting a hockey team to move there. I totally understand that. But its those moronic basement bloggers that continue to make crap up about the Thrashers relocating there that bugs the snot out of me. I have no idea why anyone believes anything they say.

JT

January 12th, 2011
1:12 pm

If it were up to our “friends” north of the border, the NHL would change to the CHL, and be an All-Canadien league, even though more and more Americans and Europeans are on NHL rosters each season. Didn’t Winnipeg already lose a team?

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
1:22 pm

I understand the Canadian’s pride and feelings of ownership of the sport on some level, but I would point to basketball, baseball or even Association Football (an English invention). They can’t be upset with their sport being co-opted and having global success just because that’s not it’s place of origin. That’s part of the general globalization of things, get over it.

I think, ZAv may have been alluding to the irony of Vancouverites (or whatever they’re called, no offense to the people of the greater metro Vancouver area) having the same attitude. Truth be told if Canadians have an issue with sunbelt franchises, they should have the same with Vancouver or all of the Atlantic division teams (for example) all of which are regions that ice hockey never could have been organically invented in due to the inconsistent wintery weather (i.e., reliably unrefridgerated skatable ice).

Red Light

January 12th, 2011
1:25 pm

Already tired of the Winnipeg, Quebec City and Hamilton talk. It’s a pipe dream but who wouldn’t want an NHL team in its city?

So…What’s It Going to Take for the Thrashers to Make the Playoffs? I say nine points before the break and at least 14 in February.

http://sportssoutheast.com/index.php/red-light-report/59-nhl/241-another-crucial-stretch-for-the-thrashers

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
1:38 pm

Case and point about Vancouver. A quick trip over to Wikipedia yielded the fun fact that Vancouver averages only 4.5 full days a year of frozen temps (just one of several facts to back me up). So, that’s exactly my point about Canadians unjustly complaining about having NHL franchises in non-traditional markets. I don’t care how many quality players have made it out of that town, Vancouver is not in all honesty a traditional market either. It’s not much colder than Atlanta at all.

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
1:44 pm

To clarify, cuz I botched it a little, that’s only 4.5 days a year where the temps don’t get above freezing in Vancouver.

UGASlobberknocker

January 12th, 2011
3:02 pm

I posted the comment below on the Winnepeg newspaper article

Posted by: Atlanta Thrasher fan

January 12, 2011 at 7:38 AM

I live in Atlanta where we currently are experiencing Canadian like weather: 19 degrees and snow. I felt bad til I saw it was 17 below there. anyway..Im a lifelong Ga resident..Flames fan when they were here and now a Thrashers fan.

What you guys dont see is that there actually IS a large hockey fan base in Atlanta.This town has almost 6 million people and more than half came from hockey country. But these people bring their old team loyalties to Atlanta, and until the Thrashers are viable, they have no reason to buy in and change/share loyalties. They wont come to a Thrashers game unless their team is playing. They come to the Bruins game, for example, and cheer for the Bruins. But there is progress for sure.

Now that the legal probs of the ownership group are solved, we fans are hopeful that the Thrash will spend some money and get some scoring..Right now we are in the playoff hunt despite one of the if not the lowest payroll in the league.

So, Winnepeg fans..I hope you get your team, but you Western Canadians have already taken one Atlanta team..you arent getting this one. Think about it from a marketing standpoint. Does the NHL try to keep a team in the nation’s 8th largest city that has over 3 million northern transplants among its population, or move to a nice but comparatively very small city that is way, way off the beaten path? I know you Canadiens invented hockey, but that doesnt mean squat in the marketing equation.

LAC

January 12th, 2011
3:10 pm

Great Read by The Master…. Was surprised you didn’t at least thank me for my comments about your coverage… HUMMMM????

Rawhide

January 12th, 2011
3:15 pm

UGASlobberknocker – Very well worded. I’ll be interested to see if anyone responds in kind to what you had to say, however.

Red Light – Nice writeup…thanks for sharing. I too think dudley will be a ‘buyer” as the deadline approaches.

LAC – LOL :lol: … Thank you, and you know I always appreciate you’re kind words.

World Be Free

January 12th, 2011
3:23 pm

Sara, great to meet you finally last Friday night. Great jersey, the kid is going to be good!

Tough to bring the Canadian dollar into the discussion long term. The USD and CAD fluctuate alot over time. My Dad operated a business on the U.S. Canadian border for years, I remember when the CAD more valuable than the USD by about 15-20%. These trends will continue, based on economic conditions and the desire of both governments to devalue their currancies for commercial reasons. It’s complicated.

I just don’t think Winnipeg and Quebec City have the corporate cash to keep them competitive in the long run. Buffalo has had the same issues for years, not enough big companies buying tickets, private boxes and huge advertising blocks.

UGA-will be interested to see what type of reaction your post generates. I do believe more hockey fans would come out if the teanm showed long term commitment. More Sabres fans would convert if they did not see an Atlanta team that looks too much their hometown team from a managerial standpoint. Good read

ZAvalanche

January 12th, 2011
3:28 pm

UGASlobberknocker – it is all about the $$. So you are right, Atlanta has a very big northern base and Winnipeg, sheesh, has just about nothing when it come to capital or fan numbers. Thrashy will remain in Atl, and if they don’t, then I’m not moving back.

Tom Lysiak

January 12th, 2011
3:45 pm

Red Light – I enjoyed the article.

Since you are more plugged in, certainly than me, which players would you think would be more likely to be targeted by us for trades? And, who/what assets would you see going the other way? Just curious for your opinion. Thanks

hmmm...

January 12th, 2011
3:55 pm

I didn’t know that we had a hockey team in Atlanta. Go figure…

Matt

January 12th, 2011
4:04 pm

Troll ALERT!!!

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
4:12 pm

UGASlob (tehe), I’ve been saying just that about the volume of transplants and their loyalties forever now. The only solution is a consistently solid performing (entertaining) franchise that wins more than it loses. I think we’re onto something of late.

I was too little to remember the last bit of the Flames,but I remember my first game the Knights well, I even took part in their camps. I know a lot of people hate it when I say it, but there’s good reason that people still yell “KNIGHTS” (I don’t, but whatever) at hockey games here, they were all in all a winning franchise and played intense, gritty hockey, lots of hits, tons of scraps, some brawls, just fun. I don’t recall anyone leaving those games disappointed, they were rad.

So, think about it, if an IHL team can do well here (they only left because the Omni was demolished for Philips), why not a good NHL team? The transplants will come around, it’s already happening . It’s obviously more fun to root (at least half the time) for a good team you can actually routinely see, especially with your near-native and/or native born tax exemption(s) (nod to Rawhide).

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
4:14 pm

AJC tweaking again or just me? I dunno, typos…sorry.

Hockey Biltong

January 12th, 2011
4:19 pm

hmmmmm prolly doesn’t know much else, either!

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
4:21 pm

Dear Hmmmm,

I didn’t know we had so many reptile brained paint chip eaters in this town just clever enough to mimmick each others tired overplayed lines in this town. Oh well, livin’ is learnin’. Tell ya what, I know this is hard, but between looking at barely legal material and trolling you should probably use Mommy’s cpu for something more proactive. She can see your history, your making her cry, stop flunking out of life.

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
4:22 pm

typos, errr.

razorneck13

January 12th, 2011
4:23 pm

Note to self: proofread

Red Light

January 12th, 2011
4:34 pm

Thanks No. 12 & our gracious host.

Let me think about that, but I did post a list of free agents or available guys from teams that will likely be out of the playoffs in the next month on yesterday’s blog.

But, my top choices Travis Zajac from the salary dumping Devils, Dusitn Penner from Edmonton or Matt Moulson from the Isles, and either Cory Sarich of Calgary or Steve Montador from Buffalo.