Jets? Yes? No? Atlanta?! Wha?!?!?

Lots of exciting non-news today on the Winnipeg-gets-an-NHL-team file.

First, Winnipeg Mayor Sam “Giggles” Katz suddenly threw out this quote from seemingly nowhere:

“Do I believe the Coyotes are coming to Winnipeg – my answer would be no,” mayor Sam Katz said on Wednesday. “I don’t believe that. I believe the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix and they will do everything they can, because I happen to know some of the commitments that were made when they went there. And there were commitments that – if they were not fulfilled – there could easily be a lawsuit. So I think you have to start looking at some of the other potential franchises.”

Uh dude, you couldn’t have said that sooner?

So that’s it then, no Jets in Winnipeg.

But wait!

In between hauls on faux Cubans and long, breathless slurps of 18-year-old single malt, the monied partners of Atlanta Spirit, the group that owns the Thrashers, are watching the action in Arizona very intently.

“They want to sell and they have no options other than Winnipeg,” a source close to the transaction told the Free Press. “They want the NHL to solve its issues in Phoenix and sell the team to (Matthew) Hulsizer so they can then sell to the group in Winnipeg.

“The NHL will let them sell. This market has failed once before and these guys have been trying to sell for years and no local group has come forward. They are desperate to sell and the Winnipeg guys are the only ones with money ready to go.”

All right then! Winnipeg hockey roadtrips¬† stay on next fall’s itinerary. Unless Winnipeg doesn’t get a team. Then they will be cancelled.

Boy, you can just smell the behind the scenes scheming and scrambling, eh? Poor Winnipeg. Ha ha.

Oh, and Boston just won! Eat it, Montreal! (Yes, I prefer the Bruins to the Habs. Deal with it.)

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

7 thoughts on “Jets? Yes? No? Atlanta?! Wha?!?!?”

  1. This Katz guy sounds like an American presidential contender who denies that he or she is running right up until they announce they are running.

    As for Boston…I don’t really get hockey. I remember when it was Ottawa-Anaheim and everyone was like, “well, Anaheim is in the west so we want them to win” or some shit like that. At least Getzlaf was a decent excuse. No one ever says, I cheer for the Twins cuz they live half the distance the Blue Jays live. The only thing I get is the old archaic Protestant=Maple Leafs/Catholic=Habs thing. Even if you’re militantly anti-Quebec, if you’re a Ukrainian Catholic, you like the Habs. Whatever. Come playoff time, all American teams are assholes and all Canadian teams are God, even if they are Catholic. Boston sucks and their uniforms are fugly.

  2. I have Bobby Orr nostalgia. And the Habs have won more than their share.

    The team I’m a rabid fan of is Columbus. I even follow the daily paper’s sports section. The heart wants what it wants.

    I was happy when Anaheim won the cup because of the Jets connection: Selanne and Randy Carlye.

    Fandom is silly and so am I.

  3. I can’t support any team Don Cherry foams at the mouth over. (Apologies for the grammar.)

    Adieu, mon cher Habs.
    Go Canuckleheads!

  4. I’m not entirely in the same political wheelhouse as The Consumer Goods, but the tune’s good and I’m onboard for about 89% of what they’re on about.

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