Welcome back, Winnipeg


The NHL confirms what we’ve known for weeks:
The Thrashers are moving north.
Way north.

The move is on

Bruce Arthur’s take

Name game begins

At least one Atlantan isn’t happy


  1. mike3131 says:

    I’m so happy for Winnipeg and Canada! They truly deserve an NHL franchise.

    And they should keep the name “Jets” because they will be spending a lot of time in “jets” with all the travelling…

  2. petefleet says:

    So hockey comes back to Winterpeg. That’s good. But it comes with a word of warning from that snide little troll, Bettman. It must be killing him that Canada got another team and his beloved USA lost one. HOHUM. The thing is with hockey , it’s Canada’s game, not the USA’s. When you win the Stanley Cup, you’re not “world champion”. Is it any wonder that the Americans aren’t interested in it? Take the games that survive in almost any market in the States, basketball, baseball, football and lawn bowling. You win it all in the USA and you are “world champion” . I was kidding about lawn bowling. But to only be league champion after a long hard season, it must be very hard for Americans to rationalize that.
    PS: Bettman sucks.

    ***Habs Forever***

  3. light_n_tasty says:

    Awesome party at the Forks in Winnipeg today at noon! Can’t wait to see the Habs “welcome” the Jets back to the league!

  4. pat s says:

    I’m happy for Winnipeg –this is good news for the NHL. Plus, they have a very powerful owner so I’m sure the fans in Winnipeg will be happy with the franchise.

  5. krob1000 says:

    The Bi-Winning-peg Jets? Charlie Sheen as team ambassador …we could trade them Two and a Half Men if we dealt Moen, Spacek and Gomez and I hear the fishing is real good in Winnepeg. His salary is far less than his cap hit starting in 2012-13….and that is right around when the Canadian Dollar will have the Jets in financial trouble again.

  6. mrhabby says:

    Halibut Gill being resigned…a slow, getting slower player but has excellent leadership skills. wish he would take boxing lessons.

  7. Malreg says:

    renhockey Renaud P Lavoie
    Hal Gill 1 an / 2.25 (MTL)

    Love it!

  8. Newf_Habster says:

    Winnipeg Mosquitoes! 😉

  9. Pat8987 says:

    Congrats Winnipeg!

    Montreal Canadiens have a gift for you (we got to support fellow Canadians!)…

    Montreal Canadiens gift to you is Scott Gomez! He will bring you closer to the cap floor.

    Thanks and goodluck

    • bwoar says:

      Rather keep Ben Maxwell LOL!

      btw what’s with all the Gomez/cap floor stuff, anyway? Is there is real person who actually thinks a team will make a trade for Gomez to reach the cap floor? I’d like to see him traded too, honestly, but I really, really doubt that scenario will ever come to pass.

      • Pat8987 says:

        This year is not likely as his salary is still expensive, however next year his cap hit is 7.3mil but his salary drops (can’t remember to what but roughly 4.5mil). Meaning a team needing to hit cap floor cap have him count for 7.3 mil against cap but only pay him 4.5…So there is hope he gets traded

        • shiram says:

          Is Gomez worth 4.5 million per? He was not last season.
          This argument is being thrown around alot, but if he has less than 40 points next season too, it would drop his stock still lower, and he might not even be attractive in the higher cap/lower salary concept.

        • Duracell3 says:

          $8,000,000 2010-2011
          $7,500,000 2011-2012
          $5,500,000 2012-2013
          $4,500,000 2013-2014

          Probably not this coming year, the year after though there is a possibility, or perhaps at the deadline. Cap could go up as much to as $63 million next year also raising the floor equally, which could help.

  10. habs03 says:

    Rumor is Gillz is close to resign for 1 more year!!

    • Habfan4lfe says:

      That’s not good news.

      • shiram says:

        It’s a rumour, though it most likely holds alot of truth.
        Take it for what it is worth, but signing Gill most likely means Harm is not coming back.

        • Habfan4lfe says:

          Hopefully just a bad rumor. I rather have hammer, much better defenceman and not slow as molasses.

          • shiram says:

            It might be a cap issue, as Gill won’t come at much more than 2 million, maybe less… Hamr can still get a decent paycheck, but MTL does not have the cap space for it.

          • habs03 says:

            1 year 2.25M, same salary from twitter, I don’t know why people thought Gill wasn’t going to be resigned, when someone like Gorges says “Gill has to be back”, I think its a clear msg that he is needed on the team.

  11. HabFanSince72 says:

    I see the new Jets have to pay a relocation fee, which will eseentially e born by Winnipeg fans.

    Did they get a cut of the fee when the team moved to Phoenix?

  12. Drew42 says:

    Gotta love how if we want to actually read the articles that are linked to (at least the ones on the Gazette Website) we now have to pay to read them.

    Anyone else realize this cash grab by the MTL Gazette…

    • G-Man says:

      I just go straight to the story. The demise of The Gazette is imminent.

      • Drew42 says:

        You probably haven’t used up your “20 free” articles for the month yet… once you have it will pop a window up on you asking you to sign up for a paid subscription unless you are a hard copy subscriber already…
        The Gazette will lose tons of readers now. Bad form and very unfortunate.

        • G-Man says:

          I am surprised they haven’t folded yet, being in one of the smallest English language markets. I would miss The Gazette, but not as much as I missed the Montreal Star when it went under. Then again, I did work there.

    • shiram says:

      Don’t know what you are talking about, as the articles show up fine for me.

      • Drew42 says:

        Hmmm… strange… now I can see it too… when I first clicked on it it opened up and then popped up a window asking me to sign up and when I said no, it took me back to The Gazette’s main home page….

  13. Thurston says:

    Hilarious comments in that Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, particularly the fans who actually agree with the author.
    I think the yokels in Atlanta need reminding that teams that make money, like the Habs, are tired of propping up money losing welfare cases like the Thrashers.

  14. SnowManHabs85 says:

    For sure the Winnipeg Stealers

    “Responding to the media , or playing to the media, or listening to the fans is the quickest way to start losing” – Sam Pollock

  15. el heffe says:

    the Jets. why is it even being discussed?

    nobody knows the pain of being a Habs fan in a world of Habs fans…

    • HalifaxHabs says:

      because Phoenix owns the franchise history of the Jets…

      you gotta believe the NHL will make it happen though, sorta like the NFL did with the Cleveland Browns name when they moved to Baltimore.

      • shiram says:

        Isnt it the NHL that owns those rights?? I can never find clear info on this.

        • 123456 says:

          halifax is correct – the phoenix franchise ownes the rights to the name jets – the browns name in the NFL was retaiuned by the city when the team left – so different situations here

        • PeterStone says:

          NHL owns the Jets name, you are correct Shiram.

          • shiram says:

            See this is why I cannot be sure.
            123456 says the inverse of what you say, and no one has any links to prove what they say.

          • PeterStone says:

            it was mentioned during the press conference.

        • bwoar says:

          You’re right – the NHL owns the name, NOT the Coyotes. I don’t have a link but it’s been talked about here for…. oh…. 15 years. The NHL owns the Jets name, it’s got nothing to do with Phoenix.

          My opinion is, they can have it.

      • A. Berke says:

        If I recall correctly when the Cleveland team owner moved the team overnight, the City of Cleveland (was it by court order?) had kept the rights to the name “Cleveland Browns”. That’s why they could re-use it later.
        On the other hand Houston Oilers owner (when his blackmail backfired) moved the team to Tennessee, he kept the rights to the “Oilers” name just to spite Houston.
        So, it would be nice to know if Phoenix is holding the rights or not.

        Ali B.

  16. veryhabby says:

    congrats to Winnipeg!! Descent building, rich owner…as long as economie is ok the business community and regualr people at large should be able to afford tixs!

    Now if only we can convince MLB to give us back our Expos!!!!!

  17. PeterStone says:

    the Winnipeg Waste

  18. mrhabby says:

    Winnipeg Water Logs.

    • adam76 says:

      feel for the other teams in the southeast – lots of travel.

      • mrhabby says:

        true dat…lots of air miles being racked up by sir thomson.

        • habsfansince91 says:

          I don’t understand why they’re doing that. The season starts in October so there’s plenty of time to rearrange the conferences/divisions.

          • HalifaxHabs says:

            maybe they’re waiting to see where Phoenix moves to next year, before making any major realignments.

          • GrimJim says:

            The sports talk/business reporters all say it’s going to be a political dogfight in the Board of Gov on who moves east. Detroit wants to be in the same division as Toronto but almost all the other west conf teams sell out when Det comes to town. And then what division gets Winnipeg? In the northwest with VAnc, Calg, Ed (lots of travel expenses) or in with Columbus and Chi (less expense but Winn won’t be a big draw)?

          • habsfansince91 says:

            i can definately see there being a big political debate happening which is unfortunate. I would hate to have to play Detroit six times a year.

        • adam76 says:

          why did they not make two schedules?

    • G-Man says:

      Winnipeg Wascally Wabbits?

  19. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Congrats on the Jets, err Winnipeg getting their team back! Pheonix to Quebec would complete the circle and give Canada a respectable 8 teams. No team would have to “sit out” on Hockey Day In Canada. Sorry, Hamilton. I don’t see you ever getting a team, the city is just too close to Toronto.

  20. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    Bettman wants to call the team the Winnipeg Screw you Balsillie’s

  21. secretdragonfly says:

    Manitoba Mavericks.

  22. HardHabits says:

    It’s obvious. Winnipeg Rough Riders.

  23. Favorite Son says:

    I can’t believe the name of the team is even a debate…should be the Jets. Seems like a no-brainer.

  24. 24 Cups says:

    Bob McKenzie states that:
    – Winnipeg will stay in the Northeast for now
    – Rick Dudley just signed a four year extension in January
    – Craig Ramsey has a year left on his deal
    – Andrew Ladd was looking for a long term deal (one year left to UFA) from Atlanta, which means his contract status will be first test for Thomson
    – Jets have cap space to burn, although it doesn’t mean they will do so

    • mrhabby says:

      i bet ya Pierre Mcguire has already made a call to Thomson.

    • G-Man says:

      You figure in this 21st century that the schedule wouldn’t be that tough to work out. Insert Winnipeg for Detroit and Detroit for Atlanta. Wow, that was tough.

    • bwoar says:

      It seems Chipman may or may not keep Dudley. We have excellent hockey ops people here, but during the report they also said there was a layer of mgmt missing in ATL. Dudley didn’t actually negotiate contracts, apparently. My bet is that we see the current group saty with the team at least for the 1st year, but expect Moose GM/Prez Craig Heizinger to take on some form of GM duties…. the Moose have a crack staff top to bottom.

      Good example: Alex Burrows was ‘discovered’ by the folks here.

      I’m most excited that for the first and only time in Winnipeg’s NHL history, we’ll actually have a management group who is top notch. The people running the club are nothing like the slugs who botched the Jets the hell. That’s a major, major difference this time around. Can’t stress that enough.

  25. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    The honeymoon will last for about three years. Then we’ll see if the fans keep buying tickets.

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