Oh, those poor, put-upon Winnipeg hockey fans — will that fire in their hearts that burns for a return of the Jets ever be allowed to die out? Probably not — at least not as long as there are news stories to fan the flames such as this one on TSN.ca, which reports that Gary "Fucking" Bettman — get this — mentioned Winnipeg in his state of the union address last night:
Interesting comments, sure — but come on. It's hopelessly optimistic at best to think the NHL will come back to the land of Burton Cummings enthusiasts on GFB's watch, especially if we're talking about relocating the Predators. Bettman needs another strong hockey team in an obscure Canadian market like he needs a third dink.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (CP) - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman gave his strongest indication yet Monday that having a team return to Winnipeg could happen one day.
Bettman, in his state-of-the union address to the media before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final, referred to an editorial in a Canadian newspaper he read this week which suggested that if the NHL did add another Canadian team it should go back to Winnipeg first because they have a new building and the NHL owes it to them.
"I'm not opining on whether or not that's an opinion that I agree with, but it is an interesting and intriguing thought," Bettman said in a comment that raised eyebrows.
[...] "It's obviously something I've thought about in terms of trying to make right something that one point in our history went wrong."
Indeed, the commissioner even seemed cool to the prospect of moving a second team into the vicinity of the GTA — which is probably one of the few Canadian additions that might actually make economic sense — because, you know, that might force the Leafs to try to ice a team that's worth watching and compete for the media time.
You know what makes it even harder for hockey clubs to attract media attention than an "overcrowded" market like New York? Signing a television contract with a station that's not even available in most second-tier cable packages in Canada or the U.S. Yeesh. Read the rest of the story here.
"It's not something I've given any thought to," Bettman said of having another team in Toronto. "... I frankly think, and I live in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, it's tough for all the clubs to get media attention, particularly when they're having tough years on the ice.
"There's some real downside to having multiple teams in one market."