True North will speak when time is right

Kid Rock is a self-proclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll Jesus and a favourite son of Detroit, no doubt, but he ain’t big enough in the Peg City to bump back a press conference to announce the return of the NHL. Some are suggesting a Kid Rock show, potential marketing plans and even Gary Bettman’s schedule are playing havoc with the scheduling of the biggest announcement in Winnipeg sports in over a decade. Sorry, there’s too much is at stake to have anything get in the way of Mark Chipman stepping up to a podium and laying the truth down on so many Prairie puck disciples. When Chipman has put his pen to paper and wired the dough down to Hot-lanta — he’ll break his silence and quick. True North simply has too much to do once this deal is finalized to fool around with an announcement date. When an agreement to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers is finalized, True North will get busy talking, selling and promoting. True North spokesperson Scott Brown says any announcement hinges on a deal being done and nothing more. “Despite persistent rumours and speculation about the timing of a press conference, none has been scheduled and none will be scheduled unless a deal is done. The timing of any potential press conference depends solely on if and when a deal is completed,” Brown told the Free Press on Tuesday. Sources close to the negotiations say talks continue and progress is being made but a deal is not complete at this point.

32 Responses to True North will speak when time is right

  1. reinjosh says:

    Did anyone see the article today in the Globe and Mail, with Bettman saying its to early to say they could move? Significant of a deal breakdown or the small laying man trying just not happy with whats happening?

  2. cam7777 says:

    He's just trying to leverage some last little financial victory out of True North.  He is part of the negotiations and he wants the biggest transfer fee possible. The man is a turd.  Even fans in Atlanta have told Winnipeggers not to worry – the team is gone.

  3. Kramer says:

    Bettman wants to wait until the Green Lantern comes out, then after he's making an announcement.

    Aquaman is the next DC movie. You heard it first from Kramer.

  4. reinjosh says:

    Does a scenario exist where Larsson drops? People bandy around the Lidstrom comparisons alot but I think they are quite overblown, similar to the RNH to Gretzky comparisons.

    Edmonton take RNH – As previously mention, rumors suggest they think he has vision that is reminiscent of Gretzky. Usually that speaks well to the pick they might want to make.
    Colorado takes Landeskog – The common thought is they want to replace Stewart and Landeskog provides that. They can get the all around dman they want a little later with their 11th pick better than the power forward.
    Florida  – With Kulikov and Gudbranson they could focus on a center. Huberdeau gives them a guy to be one of their top 2 centers with Weiss. Or they could take Couturier. 
    I would think if Larsson isn't picked by this point, the Devils take him. However maybe they like Couturier/Huberdeau better and go for him.
    I doubt Larsson passes the Islanders if he falls there. That would be best case scenario for them I think. 
  5. i_know_hockey says:

    Everyone has been saying that they should remain the Jets.

    But I think that the Winnipeg Legs is a better name.

  6. Kramer says:

    The Winnipeg Flu. Think about it you're in Winnipeg and it's freezing cold, you can get flu and colds easy. I once developed a sinus condition in Winnipeg.

  7. Boston_Bruins says:

    I still think he's the #1 player in this draft. And I'm not buying the Huberdeau hype. I still like Strome better actually. But that's just my opinion; if Larsson does slide, some team is going to get an absolute steal. I can guaruntee that he will not get passed the Islanders though.

  8. reinjosh says:

    I actually agree with you. I don't like RNH, I love Landeskog but I think he's more like a Richards who gets you 60 points and is a great two-way player. I think Hedman is a good example of what Larsson can be. 

    I just think that the possibility exists for him to slide. This is a really weird draft. Klefbom jumping from the 2nd round to top 10 in one ranking? Just weird.
  9. reinjosh says:

    Mojo posted this on an article farther down, but I had similar thoughts this week.

    The rumor right now is Carter is up fro grabs (at least possibly) but I think its a little unlikely. He just signed a massive deal and by all fronts seems to be loved by the management. Plus 35 plus goals are hard to toss away. 
    But how about Richards. Yes, he is their captain but he has come under fire a lot for it and even Philly bloggers are starting to think its possible (Tim Pannacio specifically). He would actually fit our need better (he hit 50 assists once) and with the emergence of Giroux and JVR, he is expendable (Giroux replaces his assists and JVR his grit) or at least less needed. He also apparently doesn't get along with Laviolette (mojo's blog explains it really well). He would also free up space for them for a goalie. 
  10. HABSSTAR says:

    He's probably furious.  But there's nothing he can do about it, nobody has even sniffed that team since it's been on the market.  Winnipeg was probably the LAST place Bettman wanted this team to go to.  The fact that it's the only city being mentioned as a destination shows how much interest there is in the US for a hockey team anwhere else. 

  11. frankinboltonleafs says:

    Bruins win…Kaberle played a good 13mins….and we now have two 1sts and two 2nds!!! Can anyone remember the last time that happened?

  12. reinjosh says:

    Still two 1st's and one 2nd. We get the other 2nd next year, which is actually better if the scuttlebut on this year and next year's draft are correct.   

  13. frankinboltonleafs says:

    I missed that bit of info. We still won something for doing nothing….I'd still turn the clock back for Seguin, (not that that was part of this deal per se). That kid will be something special over and above Hall. Didn't think he had it in him but then I didn't think Kadri had the drive to move up either. Really looking forward to the next couple months.

  14. Boston_Bruins says:

    That was one of the more dominant one goal wins I've ever seen. You just knew Boston would pull that one out.

    No one is giving the Bruins a shot, and I'm loving the underdog role.

  15. leafy says:

    Congrats to Boston for their Conference title.

    Enjoy it while you can because the chances of them beating Vancouver are remote.

  16. reinjosh says:

    I must say, I called Boston wrong this year. Congrats to them for finally proving the doubters wrong. They played quite well this year. The final is going to be bomb.

  17. reinjosh says:

    Exactly. We lose a little ground with Boston's pick this year but we get another one next year so it works out. I've made my piece with the Kessel deal. I think he can be a special player himself. With the Kaberle trade, things are a little more even.

    Plus Boston has become so much more of a natural rival. Those games are going to be a ton of fun to watch for a long time.

  18. cam7777 says:

    Boston looking great right now, but could the Sabres be the team to look out for in the 2012 season:

  19. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah, lots of good story lines, especially with Neely and Lucic.

    And there will be another member of the Triple Gold Club regardless of who wins (Bergeron (Quadruple Gold Club in his case) or Luongo).

  20. Boston_Bruins says:

    Haha this is what I'm talking about. It'll be nice to play the underdog role.

  21. Boston_Bruins says:

    Yeah the NE has the best potential for rivalries. Boston/Toronto has been alot more heated since the Kessel trade and it looks like it'll stay that way.

  22. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Flood, Mosquitos and Cold all have a nice ring to them also!

    I actually can't wait for the Jets to be back in Winnepeg – my first nhl game at the Nassau was against the Jets and a little guy by the name of Pokey Reddick was the starter Dale Hawerchuk had a good game and of course the Isles won but those were the good old days!
    I think by saying Pokey Reddick I might expose my age!
    I also wanted to point something out – you can say what you want about Garth Snow but to have signed the guys he's signed recently for the term and amount he's done this with he's looking like a good GM and having Doug weight stick around the team after he retired this week bodes well for the franchise moving forward – you Leaf fans think you've had a rough run – take a walk in the shoes of an islanders fan!
  23. Kramer says:

    Kaberle is gonna win the Conn Smyth trophy.

  24. HABSSTAR says:

    Well apparently the time was right at shortly after 1100 hrs, central time today! 

    It's a great day!  Welcome back Winnipeg you were missed.  

    Now, let's start the clock on other ill-placed US teams to be relocated.  QC has got to get to work on an arena, they can get the Panthers and I'd love to see the Blue Jackets move North and become the "Hamilton Red Coats" or posibly the Loyalists. Hahaha! 

  25. Leafs_Wallace says:

    The Leafs desperately need two quality centers for next season…

    TOR Bozak, Komisarek, Bos 2nd 2012
    WIN: Antropov

    Tor: Bos 1st 2011, Phi 1st 2011
    COL: Stasny

    Sign Erhoff 4yrs 22 million and Poni 1yr 1.5 million

    Mac- Garbo – Kulemin
    Armstrong – Antropov- Poni
    Brown – Brent- Orr

    Erhoff – Schenn
    Phaneuf – Aulie
    Gunnerson – Finger


    That is a capable third line, that is a decent banaid until a deep UFA pool presents itself. 

  26. lukeleim says:

    Manitoba trade Zack Bogosian, Alexander Burmistrov, Chris Mason and Nik Antropov to the Colorado Avalanche for Paul Stastny, T.J. Galiardi and the Blues' first round draft pick of 2011.

    Manitoba trade Ron Hainsey and Tim Stapleton to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Mike Komisarek.

    Resign Andrew Ladd three-year contract for 12 million.
    Resign Anthony Steward two-year contract for 2.4 million.
    Resign Blake Wheeler three-year contract for 9 million.
    Sign Tim Brent two-year contract 1.4 million.
    Sign Brooks Laich three-year contract for 12 million.
    Sign Jay Rosehill one-year contract for 600,000.
    Sign Ian White two-year contract for 6 million.
    Sign Josh Harding one-year contract for 1 million.

    Evander Kane – Paul Stastny – Bryan Little
    Andrew Ladd – Brooks Laich – Blake Wheeler
    Chris Thorburn – T.J. Galiardi – Anthony Stewart
    Patrice Cormier/Jim Slater – Tim Brent – Jay Rosehill

    Dustin Byfuglien – Tobias Enstrom
    Ian White – Johnny Oduya
    Mark Stuart – Mike Komisarek

    Ondrej Pavelec
    Josh Harding

  27. hockey_lover says:

    Nobody. Wants. Komisarek. Accept that. Move on.

    Unless its a PURE salary swap, his contract is one step away from being unmoveable. He makes $4.5mil for 3 more years and provides as much on ice talent as someone making $1mil. I think the only dman contract worse is Wade Redden.

  28. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Ok, Bozak and 2nd for Antropov and bury Komisarek in the minors, it's not that complicated.

    I'd put Komisarek more in the Blake, Antropov, Huselies, Hamerlik camp, bad contract with reasonable term and manageable cap hit.  It's undesirable but not a nightmare.

    I proposed trading issues (Antropov for Komisarek) and giving Winnipeg a couple of prospects for the trouble.  Or do you think Antropov great?

    But thanks for ignoring the substance of the proposal and in favor of nit picking semantics.

  29. hockey_lover says:

    No problem at all. Glad I could help.

    Oh hey .. I heard the Rangers are looking to get rid of Wade Redden. Maybe swap Redden for Komisarek. Win win for everyone?

  30. Leafs_Wallace says:

    So do you think Antropov should be a first or second team All Star?

  31. reinjosh says:

    Were not getting Stastny for that. It wouldn't be enough.

    I also don't understand the reason for signing Poni? He takes away a spot for a rookie. He was also brutal last season.

  32. Leafs_Wallace says:

    Two firsts for an an expendable center with a massive cap hit isn't enough? Stastny has upside but he could just as easily go the other way and regress, he does struggle with consistency. Throw in Gustavsson if you must and sign an affordable backup for Riemer, the little details are minor criticisms.

    The point is that Stamkos and B. Rich are pipe dreams so given that Burke isn't likely to land a franchise center Burke should target two more top six centers to give depth up the middle as a contingency plan.  Antropov is attainable and has chemistry with Poni.  Their effective together and Armstrong has enough game to make that a line that should win a game on the odd night.  If you can't have superstars then have depth.

    Wilson would then also have options to cycles lines when he wants to sit one of his top six forwards and could moves rookies in and out of the line up.  No shame in sitting Poni to give other guys a look.  No one is rushed, less pressure for a Kadri or Caputi, etc…

    I'll take a flyer on Poni for a year rather than invest real money in a gamble like Leino or Laich who would demand longer term.

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