Kovalchuk, Heatley, Hossa and Savard have something in common. They left Atlanta for other franchises and why?
The answer is simple. They do not want to play in a city that doesn't notice their talent and be overlooked for players that are in the bigger NHL markets like Toronto, Ottawa, Boston, Montreal or Chicago.
With a new and exciting location comes the chance to land valuable talent. The Thrashers have made the playoffs only once in their existence and they got swept out of the first round. If they hope to make it back, they need the talent to do so. If any place can create a hotbed, it is Winnipeg.
You never know. With the new location, you may see some of those names again and when you can establish a great NHL team, you will get the fan support in Canada, unlike a certain city in Arizona.
It also goes with the Canadian economy. The tourists will be back for games, spending money on hotels, restaurants, etc. so a move to Winnipeg will not only be good for the NHL, it will be good for the franchise and everybody involved.