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My Thoughts on the Winnipeg Situation

Earlier today, I posted my thoughts regarding the potential reloaction of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg over at Chris Wassel’s terrific hockey blog, The Hockey Program.

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If It Happens, It is the Right Move
By Patrick Hoffman

Even with tremendous Stanley Cup Playoff action going on between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning and the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks, many people’s attention has shifted to what is going on off the ice in Atlanta.

There has been lots of talk regarding the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg and while I certainly feel for the die hard Thrasher fans, this would be the right move. I am not a Thrasher hater or anything like that and instead, am someone who is thinking realistically.

Hockey just wasn’t working in Atlanta regarding to the team. The team came into existence during the 1999-2000 season and since that time, have only made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once, losing in a four-game sweep to the New York Rangers.

Secondly, it seems like every time the Thrashers have a potential star/superstar player on their team, the club ends up losing them to another franchise. Dany Heatley went to the Senators. Marian Hossa went to the Penguins. Illya Kovalchuk went to the New Jersey Devils and Kari Lehtonen went to the Dallas Stars. These are players that the Thrashers’ could have built a team around and instead, they all wanted to go play elsewhere.

Lastly, hockey is not a priority in Atlanta. With teams like the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Falcons all having success, the Thrashers have lagged behind both in terms of team success (1 playoff berth) and fan support (73% of the arena filled last year).

Like I said, it will be a darn shame if it happens but in the long run, the Thrashers (at least that is the team name for now) need another home and the right move would be out of Atlanta.

From Chris Wassel: The real blame should go to the ASG (Atlanta Spirit Group) and Don Waddell, who have both run this team into the ground. Sadly the best step is to move them and it is a resort that no one wanted to see but it is what it is.

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Hank1974's avatar

I’m starting to think Illya wanted out of Atlanta because he knew that team was going to relocate and didn’t want to take that chance.
He loves his anonymity. He wouldn’t have gotten it in Winnipeg.

Posted by Hank1974 on 05/20/11 at 04:43 PM ET

awould's avatar

He loves his anonymity.

I think he takes it too far though. I mean, sure scoring goals draws attention to oneself, but as a hockey player it’s what he’s paid to do.

Posted by awould on 05/20/11 at 06:58 PM ET

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Patrick has a tremendous passion for hockey. Besides covering the Rangers and the NHL for Kukla's Korner, you can also find Patrick's work over at Sportsnet.ca, The Red Light District Hockey Blog, NHL Home Ice, and Liam Maguire's Ultimate Hockey web site.

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