Morning Mashup: NHL Jets back to Winnipeg


After 16 years of frustration and uncertainty, the Winnipeg fan base has finally be rewarded with an NHL team to support. In what was an ongoing process between the Atlanta Thrashers ownership group, the Atlanta Spirit, and True North Sports and Entertainment, the fans in Winnipeg could not be any happier at what the future holds. There are still legalities to be settled, including the approval from the NHL’s Board of Governors, along with a name being chosen for the franchise prior to the draft on June 24. Good things come to those who way, and boy has the city of Winnipeg waited long enough.

Leafs Links:

20 UFAs in their 20s

Jon S at Puckin’ Eh speculates on 20 unrestricted free agents who could be of interest to the Leafs.

Playoff Links:

2011 Stanley Cup preview

DGB previews the Stanley Cup final between the Canucks and Bruins.

Sedins’ path to Stanley Cup blocked by Bruins

Vancouver has overcome adversity on their way to earning a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

Canucks C Malhotra unlikely to play in Game 1

The 30-year old centre remains day-to-day after recovering from a career threatening eye injury.

There’s more than one way to build a Stanley Cup contender

The Canucks prove that a championship-calibre team can be built a different way.

With Boston-Vancouver upon us, the Rocket’s name is still legendary more than 50 years after his retirement

VLM with a story about Rocket Richards’ legendary playoff status.

Other Hockey Links:

NHL makes it official: Thrashers land in Winnipeg

True North Sports and Entertainment purchases the Atlanta Thrashers with the intention of relocating the team to Winnipeg, pending approval from the NHL Board of Governors.

Don Waddell talks about his role in the Atlanta Thrashers’ demise

Thrashers President has opted not to stay with the team in their relocation to Winnipeg.

Thrashers captain Andrew Ladd can’t wait to get to Winnipeg

The Canadian native is excited to return home and step into the hockey limelight.

Dineen hired as Panthers coach

The six-year AHL coaching vet replaces Peter DeBoer behind the Panthers bench.

Your Say:

Are you excited about having a seventh NHL team in Canada next season? Should the team retain the ‘Winnipeg Jets’ identity, or start fresh with a new name and logo? Finally, who will win the Stanley Cup?