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The transition has begun and Daly touches on many of the points as they prepare for the upcoming season.
From the CP via TSN:
Atlanta Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd is visiting what could be his new hockey home in Winnipeg.
The Thrashers are moving to the city but Ladd is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and would need to strike a deal with the new owners of the team to join his teammates in the Manitoba capital.
That process hasn’t really started.
But the native of Maple Ridge, B.C., brought his agent and fiancee along for the trip and says he’s impressed with the vision and culture the team’s management wants to create.
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
A story making the rounds Sunday about the new Winnipeg NHL team’s name missed the mark. The website http://www.sportslogos.net posted a story Saturday that True North had registered the name “Whiteout” and proposed it was the only thing the new team could be called.
A few media outlets reportedly bit on the story but it was discounted Sunday by True North’s Scott Brown.
True North, in fact, has registered the name “Whiteout” with the Canadian Trade-marks Database of the federal government. It did so on May 4.
But it has done so, Brown said, only to protect future use of the phrase or term if and when it’s needed. The whiteout was the mark of playoff fever in the NHL’s previous stay in Winnipeg.
Brown said that Whiteout will not be the new name of the Winnipeg NHL team.
from Kevin Engstrom of the Winnipeg Sun,
The unlikely return of big league hockey to Winnipeg has caused an even unlikelier thing to occur.
The thing I’m referring to, of course, is a handful of Winnipeggers saying NHL commissioner Gary Bettman — the guy who ushered our beloved Jets out of town 15 years ago — perhaps isn’t such a bad guy after all.
Heck, some obviously inebriated or otherwise medicated Winnipeggers even had the gall to call Bettman a — gasp! — hero.
No, really. A few people said it.
Of course, this is utter nonsense. In his dream world, Bettman’s plan to export Canada’s national pastime to the U.S. Sunbelt would have been a giant success with full arenas and giant ratings, allowing him to forever turn his back on small Canadian markets like Winnipeg and Quebec City.
Unfortunately for Bettman, that scheme had about the same chance of long-term success as Kim Kardashian’s upcoming marriage: Little to none.
VANCOUVER (June 4, 2011) – NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued the following statement regarding True North Sports & Entertainment’s announcement that it has successfully completed its ‘Drive to 13,000’
“While I had no doubt the ‘Drive to 13,000’ would reach its destination, the remarkable speed at which it got there certifies the fans’ hunger for NHL hockey and their commitment to True North’s initiatives.”
via a media release from True North,
True North Sports & Entertainment is pleased to announce the successful completion of their National Hockey League “Drive to 13,000” Season Ticket campaign.
“We would like to take a special moment to thank all of our fans in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Canada for their support over the past week, in particular, the overwhelming response of our fans which has resulted in a successful ‘Drive to 13,000’ campaign,” said Jim Ludlow, President & CEO, True North Sports & Entertainment. “The success of the campaign is a key ingredient to ensuring the sustainability and long-term viability of NHL hockey in this province. We look forward to seeing everyone this Fall at MTS Centre for opening night of regular season NHL hockey in Winnipeg.”
As a result of the tremendous demand for tickets demonstrated during the “Drive to 13,000” Season Ticket campaign, True North Sports & Entertainment is also pleased to announce they will be starting an official “membership only” based waiting list for tickets. This waiting list will feature several key benefits including:
from Mary Agnes Welch of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Jets fan J.J. Moorehead is using the overkill approach to score NHL season tickets today.
At noon, Moorehead will create his own NASA ground control, surrounding himself with three computers—his fiancée’s desktop and two laptops. They’ll all be preloaded with his personal information so he can speed through the screens, press enter and hopefully score two season tickets to see Winnipeg’s new NHL franchise.
Even better, he’s going to steal an Internet connection from two neighbours in his apartment building who haven’t password-protected their wireless accounts….
Nearly every fan who gathered Friday night at the 4Play Sports Bar and Grill expressed a sense of genuine panic at the looming ticket frenzy. There are only about 5,800 season tickets left and exponentially more people vying for them. Everyone said they weren’t fussy about which “P”—for price point—their seats were in. They’d take anything. And they expected everything to be sold out by 12:30 p.m., if not earlier.
From Tim Campbell at Winnipeg Free Press:
A front-runner has emerged to be the general manager of Winnipeg’s new NHL team.
Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM and senior director of hockey operations Kevin Cheveldayoff is hot on the radar of Canada’s seventh NHL franchise.
After a Thursday meeting with True North chairman Mark Chipman and hockey senior vice-president Craig Heisinger at the NHL’s scouting combine, current Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley does not appear to be a slam-dunk to move with the club to Winnipeg. Nobody at True North will talk about it and there are strong rumblings here that Dudley will either be re-assigned or dismissed, that True North wants to go in another direction with its own people.
From Lyle Richards at The Hockey News:
If True North Sports and Entertainment chairman Mark Chipman is willing to spend up to the cap ceiling, his team would have around $26 million to work with, but as Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette recently noted, Winnipeg fans shouldn’t get their hopes up for any big free-spending moves.
Chipman has stated his club’s philosophy will be to build through the draft and he’s also suggested his team’s payroll will stick close to the mid-way point, which will be roughly $52-$54 million.
Forget about the possibility of Brad Richards or other big-name unrestricted free agents signing with Winnipeg this summer.
That doesn’t mean Winnipeg won’t sign any UFAs, but it will likely look for affordable talent. The main focus will be re-signing its own key free agents.
read on plus odds and ends on the Leafs and Wings
from the CP at The Hockey News,
The owners of Winnipeg’s new NHL team say they have sold more than 4,000 season tickets in just over a day.
The as-yet unnamed team wants to sell 13,000 season tickets before the June 21 NHL board of governors meeting where the Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg will be approved.
The count, which is updated each afternoon on the team’s website, shows 4,170 have been sold.
Currently, only season ticket holders for the AHL Manitoba Moose are getting a chance to secure between four and eight seats each.
The Winnipeg Chufugaboos came from a third grader named Joey in Winnipeg the other day (via the Winnipeg Free Press) who explained his choice for the NHL team’s name as follows:
“I would [call it] this because everyone would like it. Also it’s funny. I think the colour should be red and blue. The logo should be a monkey.”
That’s just awesome.
Meanwhile, Bodog sets up their bets for the future of the much-more-boring “Winnipeg based NHL team” below:
Will the Winnipeg based NHL team win the 2011-2012 Stanley Cup?
Will the Winnipeg based NHL team win the 2011-2012 Eastern Conference?
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