Coyotes, Jets, and The Montreal CanadiensShareThis
In this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, there’s one series going the distance that Bourne’s Blog hasn’t really discussed yet.
The Phoenix Coyotes vs. The Winnipeg Jets
On the one hand, you’ve got a city with about a kabillion people, but with a kavery few hockey fans. On the other hand, if you constructed a Venn Diagram of people in Winnipeg, and people who like hockey in Winnipeg, it would literally just look like one circle. A hockey puck, if you will.
Still, this will NOT be a rip on Phoenix blog. I live in Phoenix. I badly want the team to stay. Let’s just talk about the options a bit.
For gross generalizations, Phoenix is an awesome city, and balmy Winnipeg rarely receieves rave reviews from it’s own residents. Got me? It’s ass-cold. Could you imagine being a player, and being told you have to spend next winter in Winnipeg instead of Scottsdale? The old guys would just retire, or maybe make the commute from Scottsdale to the ‘Peg for practice everyday. Just sayin’.
It appears Glendale is kinda hosed. So wait, we pay for your losses, or don’t have a team here and lose money? This is AWESOME. Glendale would have done better with online sports betting than actually having a sports team. But hey, maybe that’s what they get for negotiating a deal that gave the Coyotes nothing from concessions and no parking revenue in a city you were never guaranteed great gate receipts. (Another question is, who accepts those terms from a rink that was being built halfway to Canada anyways? Just how bad was Moyes?)
I’m one of the folks that thinks the team can work here, for a couple reasons: One, this Ice Edge Group has their heads together, if not their wallets. They’re attentive, and want to be involved in owning/running an NHL team, where some owners just want to display their ownership like a Mercedes logo on the hood of their car (check my Moyes story in the comments). And two, because this is the bandwagonniest of bandwagoner towns I’ve ever seen, and I like their roster a lot more now than I ever have (starting with Tippett).
The bandwagon remark is meant in with good intentions, and I should mention there are some diehards. In fact, there’s a hockey community of bloggers and fans I’ve come to know and respect that deserve hockey as much as anyone (which ignores the fact that for every one of those guys here, there’s 20 in Winnipeg, but still, they’re genuine fans that found a passion that may be ripped away from them. And really, it’s not like the diehards in Winnipeg are at a loss to find hockey to watch, especially with an AHL team in town).
The thing is, it’s time to stop bluffing, Glendale/NHL/Ice Edge/Whoever. You’re each others only option to save face. There can be no back-room dealings. There needs to be a sit-down with Bettman and representatives from Ice Edge and Glendale, and it needs to be discussed quickly and with full public transparency. You can all see each others cards, fellas. Glendale, which way do you lose less money? With or without the team? Chose that option.
It’s playoffs, and you just made me waste 500 words on you. You’re making me angry.
Pittsburgh, Montreal, Game Seven
Hmm, didn’t like my “whites of his eyes” theory, huh Pitt? Went for the “reds of the posts” instead, I see.
Now THIS was an exciting game. And Montreal – whatever it is they’re doing – are doing it. Damn.
That Cammalleri snapper to start the game was ridiculous, and immediately prompted me to tweet that it’s time we induct him into the “shots you could easily miss in slow-motion” elite, with Semin, Stamkos and Ovy. Good gravy, he shot that thing from the tops of the circles, unscreened and Fleury was just like…. “I have to get me a Cammalleri jersey to wear when I play out in road hockey.”
I’m still saying Pittsburgh will win, as most of the people out there probably are, but I know this much – I’ll be watching.
Happy Tuesday ya’ll. Lookin forward to game six Chi/Van tonight!