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“I went through the closet the other day and made sure all the sandals stayed left behind. “I’m going to have to go out searching for some new snow boots.
“I don’t see that as any problem. That’s the way hockey should be. Hockey’s played during the wintertime, in the freezing cold. It’s going to feel like hockey again.”
-Randy Jones, who signed to play with the Winnipeg Jets over the weekend after recently playing with the LA Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. More on the Jets from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press.
from Geoff Kirbyson of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Scott Brown, director of corporate communications for the Winnipeg Jets, said the team’s brain trust preferred not to get into the details of what their summer is going to look like.
When it was suggested the amount of work might require 16-hour work days, he replied, “Some people are working more than that.”
“Nobody should feel sorry for us. These are just things we have to do,” he said.
Next on the docket is scheduling appointments with season-ticket holders to pick out their seats. Brown said people in each price category have already received one email from the team and can pick a time to come down to the MTS Centre after they receive a second one.
from Tom Brodbeck of the Winnipeg Sun,
So, how hot are Winnipeg Jets tickets for the team’s inaugural season in the reseller’s market? Sizzling hot.
Try $3,280 for a lower-deck seat for the home opener against the Montreal Canadiens on the popular ticket reseller site Stubhub.com. And yes, that’s for one seat in the 100-level.
A pair of these puppies for the opening game will run you $6,560. Ouch. The cheapest ticket on StubHub for that game is $844 in the upper decks. Yes, one ticket.
Ticket prices for Jets home games drop off markedly after that.
But even the priciest ticket for the second home game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 17 is fetching $1,095. The lowest-priced ticket for that match-up — which could feature superstar Sidney Crosby if he’s recovered from concussion symptoms by then — is $282.
from Geoff Kirbyson of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Happy wife, happy hockey life.
The spouse of a former Winnipeg Jets captain is doing her best to ensure a smooth transition for the city’s new NHL team by reaching out to the women in the players’ lives.
Chantal Tkachuk, who grew up in Winnipeg as an Oster and married Keith Tkachuk, has been in contact with the wives and girlfriends of the new Winnipeg Jets to pass on advice about living in the Manitoba capital.
“I consulted a group of my girlfriends from Winnipeg and asked them to email me their favourite things. I compiled a list and emailed it out to the wives and girlfriends (of the players),” Tkachuk said.
It appears that fans of the new Winnipeg hockey team won’t have to wait much longer to find out the name of the team.
The club is expected to name its team just prior to making the 7th overall pick during tonight’s NHL Entry Draft…
According to Darren Dreger on Twitter:
...strong belief Wpg will name its team the Manitoba Jets. We’ll find out tonight.
Update 1:24pm ET: And a mere 10 minutes later, Dreger says it’s the Winnipeg Jets.
The new Winnipeg NHL franchise has chosen its first bench boss.
Claude Noel will be the man behind the bench when the team hits the ice of the MTS Centre to begin its inaugural season.
Noel is the former head coach of the American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose, where he spent one season compiling a 43-30-7 record and losing in the second round of the playoffs.
Prior to that, he spent four seasons as the head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals and three as an assistant coach with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Now then, who will become the first-ever draft choice of the second-ever go-round for the Winnipeg
Whatevers this weekend? And what will they wear on stage?
Oh, and officially, R.I.P., Atlanta Thrashers.
Condolences to those whose career paths have now been drastically altered.
From Chris Vivlamore of the AJC (Tweet):
It’s official. NHL Board of Governors approves sale and relocation of #Thrashers.
Update 3:33pm ET: From TSN—
The NHL is officially returning to Winnipeg. The league’s Board of Governors approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment of Winnipeg on Tuesday.
Fifteen years after the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix, the two sides came to an agreement on May 31 and the first step to move the Thrashers North was taken, pending Tuesday’s approval.
The franchise price is $170 million, which includes a relocation fee of $60 million. As determined by the league’s Board of Governors, the relocation fee will be distributed among the other 29 teams.
Statement from Gary Bettman:
“We deeply regret that Atlanta’s ownership was unable to secure local partners after exhausting every option and alternative. At the same time, we are delighted that NHL hockey is returning to Winnipeg and to a fan-base that already is showing so much support for its team. We congratulate Mark Chipman, David Thomson and True North on their patience, their preparation and their professionalism, and we look forward to the start of a new era for the franchise.”
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has begun the interviewing process in the search for a head coach.
Sources say NHL on TSN panelist Craig MacTavish is expected to meet with Cheveldayoff either Wednesday or Thursday and is considered a strong candidate for the job.
It’s unclear as to how many names are on Winnipeg’s short list, however, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland are also believed to be high on the list.
Noel is employed by the Vancouver Canucks and sources say the Canucks would like his fate determined by next week, in the event he is promoted to the NHL, and Vancouver has to hire his AHL replacement.
Existing coach Craig Ramsay also remains in the mix and will be interviewed for the position.
Sources tell TSN that Winnipeg general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff informed head coach Craig Ramsey that he intends on interviewing other candidates for the job.
Ramsey, contacted on Sunday by the Winnipeg organization, has also agreed to an interview as part of the process.
Although Winnipeg is considering other options, Ramsey has not been terminated.
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