Save the Thrashers rally planned Feb 22, 2011 13:27:09 GMT -5
Post by crazycanuck on Feb 22, 2011 13:27:09 GMT -5
For a while now, we've been led to believe that the Atlanta to Winnipeg deal has been in place for some time just waiting for the Phoenix situation to be resolved. Why is it then that the owner has suddenly been talking publicly about new partners or a new ownership group being needed to keep the team in Atlanta? If there was a deal in place with TN, why not keep it quiet and let the deal be completed to move the team to Winnipeg? Regardless of what happens in Phoenix, why not wait on making any public statements? The more the issue (both Phoenix and Atlanta) is in the public eye, the more difficult it makes it for Winnipeg to get either team.
One thing I have learned over the last number of years is how difficult it is trying to get a team out of an existing market. Regardless of how much fan apathy there is in a particular market, it's next to impossible to extract a team from that location as there seems to always be someone willing to buy a team. It's such a shame that we lost our team in the first place as this whole process has become the ultimate frustration. Since the last relocation of Hartford to Carolina in 1997, one thing you have to acknowledge about Gary Bettman --- his dogged determination to keep teams in their current markets. None of the other 3 major league sports have gone through such great lengths to prevent teams from moving the way Bettman has done with the NHL.
Downtown you are normally very upbeat...keep the faith!