The chatter yesterday was all about the proposed move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg. As of the time I typed this which was Monday evening, nothing had been decided. It’s not a simple decision, and one that is certainly a difficult one to make. Regardless of the facts that have put the Thrashers and the NHL in this predicament, there are people in Atlanta who don’t want to see this happen. I can certainly relate and can feel their passion. No one wants to see their team move. It’s not good for a city, any city. There’s a trickle down economic effect that will effect a number of different people and that’s not a good thing either. Businesses will lose money, people will lose jobs, and fans will lose interest. It’s a complicated matter, one of which hopefully gets settled soon as the speculation can be gut wrenching for some.
In addition to the move itself, there comes the question of realignment. If the move happens, Winnipeg obviously can’t be in the Southeast Division and will end up somewhere else. Northwest Division most likely. Who then comes to the Southeast? I’ve heard Detroit as a possibility, but I can’t see the NHL doing that. I’ve heard Columbus and I suppose that’s a possibility. It’s more likely that the team that makes the most sense is Nashville. They’re in the south, and pretty close to the region. Just sayin’. The NHL has a lot of thinking to do here and planning as well. The draft is close and things will need to be ironed out very quickly.
As great as this game is that we all love, sometimes the business side of it really stinks. While the people in Winnipeg are chomping at the bit in hopes that a team does come back to their city, the Atlanta faithful are at the complete opposite end of the spectrum….hoping and praying that someway somehow a miracle saves their team.
Here’s your links for Tuesday:
FanSided’s Thrasher Backer wants to put up a fight to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.
San Jose could be in trouble if Heatley and Clowe don’t step up. Canucks Corner.
Roberto Luongo blames his gaffe on a broken stick. Ha Ha. I’m not the only one that knows he’s a lousy puckhandler.
Battle of California does a great job with anagrams for the Sharks and Canucks.
Tomas Kaberle is under the microscope for his lack of production. NHL.com.
Please visit our NHL main page: Too Many Men On The Site.
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