Well, today is a great day for hockey in Canada! There is expected to be a news conference at noon (which will already have happened by the time this is posted) in which True North Sports and Entertainment will announce they have acquired the Atlanta Thrashers and will move them to Winnipeg. This is technically pending an NHL Board of Governor approval, with 75% approval required for the sale of the team, and a simple majority for relocation.
Right now, time to start Make it Eight! In fact, if we can move Phoenix, Florida and...some other team from some where, we could have a Canada West and Canada East division. Okay, I am dreaming, but that would be awesome. :D
Also, while unintentional, this tweet from Bob McKenzie made me chuckle, note the singular on Thrasher:
Historic day few, if any, would have seen coming 15 years ago. Congrats Winnipeg fans. Condolences to Thrashers fan. WPG fans know your pain
Here are today's links:
General Sens News
- Here is a transcript of a very informative interview with assistant general manager Tim Murray. He talks of Binghamton's run, the two new signings, the upcoming draft and the coaching vacancy. (The 6th Sens)
- Will Eugene Melnyk hire (or tell Bryan Murray to hire) Dave Cameron as a reward for loyalty? (The 6th Sens)
- The Binghamton Senators remaining Calder Cup games will be broadcast on Sportsnet Sens. It's only available in Ottawa. (Market Wire)
More after the jump.
General Hockey News
- Our friend Jonana looks at the unpleasant nature of eye injuries, and explains the best way to look like a cool pirate. (Puck, that hurts!)
- Here are the details on the Winnipeg press conference announcing the return. (TSN)
- Meanwhile, the Thrashers were selling season tickets one hour before the Winnipeg announcement. HA! (Yahoo!)
- The Stanley Cup has been to some strange places, here is a list of the top ten. (Yahoo!)