Jordan Vertone

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  • Steve Thompson posted 1886 days ago

    Steve Thompson

    I agree with you, Winnipeg does deserve a team and I know it can be profitable if it is done the right way. But 16,000 seat arenas belong to the 1980's and earlier. You're basing Winnipeg's chances of success too much on comparisons with American teams. Just because they are in trouble doesn't make Winnipeg viable. If the Islanders get a new arena or leave, there will be only one team with a seating capacity under 17,000 (Edmonton). Winnipeg's arena management has publicly stated that the arena is for the AHL only, but die-hard Jets fans like yourself refuse to admit it.

    Ask yourself, is this the kind of arena you want, one that only barely gets by in the NHL, or do you want one that you can have a contenting team with?. If Winnipeg rejoined the NHL, they would have the smallest market of all the teams. To make up for this handicap, they've got to get a large ticket revenue to meet costs and be competitive. Therefore the bigger arena, the better chance Winnipeg has to survive.

    The problem is that Winnipeg painted itself into a corner by building an AHL size arena instead of an NHL size one. When opportunities came up like in Phoenix, they weren't ready to make a bid for a relocated team. Winnipeg would also fare poorly in a bid for an expansion franchise. Cities like Hamilton, Kansas City and Oklahoma City all have much larger arenas and Hartford is talking about building one. Because Winnipeg just built a new arena, it's unlikely they will build another one in the near future.

  • Steve Thompson posted 1887 days ago

    Steve Thompson

    Thanks for reading and commenting on my article, Jordan. I'm afraid you are out to lunch on this Winnipeg issue. Even raising the seating level to 16.5 thousand won't be enough. The Islanders with that seating capacity are threatening to leave New York. Pittsburgh's current arena is larger than that and the Penguins are getting a new arena because the current seating capacity is too small. The current median for NHL seating capacity is 18,000+. Hamilton can reach that and have nearly triple the amount of luxury boxes that Winnipeg has when they update their arena. So far $50 million has been pledged.
    If Winnipeg wanted the Coyotes back and was in a position to make a bid, there would have been two offers for the team, one from Hamilton, and one from Winnipeg. The fact that Winnipeg never made a bid to get their old team back means that they do not have the investors or the arena to get back in the NHL. Bettman's talk about Winnipeg is just a ploy to blunt Canadian opposition.
    Right now, the only advantage Winnipeg has over Hamilton is that a Hamilton franchise would have to pay compensation to Toronto and Buffalo. Balsillie is willing to do this or build a new arena in either London or Kitchener so he won't have to pay any compensation.

  • Patrick Cwiklinski posted 1910 days ago

    Patrick Cwiklinski

    Hey I wrote an article on the current state of NHL writers on Bleacher Report and I think it's an important read to members of the community. Take a look when you get a chance. Thanks.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/163424-the-nhl-bleacher-reports-second-rate-citizens

  • Derek Harmsworth posted 1945 days ago

    Derek Harmsworth

    haha, I knew you'd be happy about that one. It was, in a word, amazing. To come in cold like that and just turn it on was phenomenal.

    Cujo wants to play next year, and possibly another after that, and he is making it known he can still handle himself out there. After a slow start to the year he is really playing well, and it is awesome to see.

  • Andrew Cahill posted 1952 days ago

    Andrew Cahill

    Can you check this out? It means a lot to me.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/140660-confessions-of-a-boston-sports-fan

  • John Louie Ramos posted 1961 days ago

    John Louie Ramos

    Jordan,

    I would love it if you checked out my latest article, I hope that it gives us all the much needed inspiration.

    "The cradles of eminence part2, the triumph of the human spirit"

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/136570-the-cradles-of-eminence-in-sports-part2-the-triumph-of-the-human-spirit

    enjoy,
    Louie

  • Captain Fanatic posted 1966 days ago

    Captain Fanatic

    Hi there Jordan, I was wondering if it was possible to post some of your articles on www.TOsports.ca
    We are a monthly sports magazine, and are always looking for fresh writers with style, who write about the Leafs.
    Please visit the site and let me know.

    best,

    The Captain
    PS you can check out my sports comic book here www.CaptainFANatic.com

  • Steve Thompson posted 1966 days ago

    Steve Thompson

    Hi Jordan, Thank you for reading and commenting on my article. Actually I have heard from one Winnipeg fan (one of the few on my side), the building can't be expanded much further. It actually seats a bit less than the old arena. I admire Winnipeg for sticking to its guns and building an arena to suit its own purposes instead of caving in to the arrogant NHL, but in terms of getting an NHL team the move was disasterous. As I mentioned in my article, the NHL will look at more profitable areas instead of the Winnipeg. Even if Winnipeg got a team, the small size of its arena would hamper its efforts to get free agents and be competitive. A large NHL arena of over 18,000 seats with lots of luxury boxes, would have sent a message to the NHL that Winnipeg was serious about getting its team back. Instead they will have to build a second arena of proper size to lure a relocated team, something they are unlikely to do in the near future.

  • Derek Harmsworth posted 1982 days ago

    Derek Harmsworth

    Yeah, it's a tough spot for sure Jordan.

    While I don't disagree with how they are handling the Pogge situation (frequent call-ups, working him in slowly to start) but all the same, it is a situation that sucks for Joseph.

    And of course, if it were any other goalie than Cujo, there would be a controversy. But because it is Curtis, there isn't any at all. He is a fantastic teammate, and knows his time is running short. He has every right to be angry about it, but that isn't the way he is. He is taking the time, and instead of resenting Pogge for taking his spot, he has embraced him, and is helping him off the ice all he can.

  • Off The Air posted 2036 days ago

    Off The Air

    Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!!!

    May all your stockings be filled with Love, Peace, and Happiness... =)

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