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by Paul on 02/22/11 at 04:39 PM ET
from Randy Turner of the Winnipeg Free Press,
So some NHL players are reportedly balking about coming to Winnipeg—even before the city gets a team, or may never get one?
That’s a head-scratcher for Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel.
“You know what? People with no-trade clauses in their contracts dictate where they want to play,” Noel said. “But for me, it isn’t about location. That’s all fine and dandy, but I think it’s about the environment and that’s what you create. I mean, is Detroit a better destination that Winnipeg? And players want to play in Detroit.
“I have nothing against Detroit (ravaged during the current recession), but I’ve been in cities that were maybe not ideal. You go where the winning becomes the environment. And I think if Winnipeg got a team they’d have to re-establish themselves as whatever that is. (But) Players want to have success.”
Noel was reacting to a Free Press question relating to comments made by Hockey Night in Canada analyst Glenn Healy on the Hot Stove segment Saturday night. The topic was the tenuous financial situation surrounding the Atlanta Thrashers and Healy, a former NHLPA executive, said it’s common for higher profile NHL players to have lists of teams where they can’t be traded
“Guess what name is appearing on a lot of players’ no-move teams? Atlanta,” Healy said. “Why? Because if the team goes to Winnipeg, it’s not a desirable place for them to play their winters.”
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