Could an old team be seeing the light of day again in the National Hockey League? Possibly, if the Atlanta Thrashers are bought.
If you don’t remember the original Jets of Winnipeg, they moved to Phoenix after the 1995-1996 season. Currently, the city of Glendale, AZ, has forked out $25 Million to cover the losses by the Coyotes. There have been talks about Phoenix losing their team for several years now, but it appears the Coyotes live for another season.
Ever since that 95-96 season, the city has been waiting for another franchise. With a new arena in the MTS Centre, the time is just right for Winnipeg to get a brand new NHL team. The question is: who will be moving (either Phoenix or Atlanta) and what will be the name of the new team?
I did mention that the Jets might come back. I haven’t mentioned the other part of the story. Enter the Manitoba Moose.
Also after the Jets took off from Winnipeg, the Minnesota Moose moved to Canada and renamed themselves the Manitoba Moose. The potential buyers, True North Sports and Entertainment, currently own the Moose and don’t want to see those efforts wasted. It makes sense from a business standpoint, but not from the fans eyes. If the Thrashers did move to Winnipeg, chances are the team would be named the Manitoba Moose.
Fans can tell you that the AHL team is the condolence prize compared to the Jets. According to the comments on the CBC Sports article, one user sees the Moose as a minor league name and something that’s difficult to be a fan of.
If you ask me, there’s two ways to look at it. If the owners don’t go back to the Red, White, and Blue Jets, there’s always a possibility of a “retro game”, where the uniforms from the heyday of the Jets are worn. If they do, the Manitoba Moose either need to make room for the new NHL team or relocate.
Either way you look at it, the chances are that Winnipeg will see a NHL franchise again.
Source of information from The Denver Channel (ABC 7), SB Nation – Atlanta, and CBC Sports.
Until next time,