EDITOR's NOTE: Due to the overwhelming amount of backlash via Facebook comments, I just had to respond.â†µ
That's what the Phoenix Coyotes are dealing with this week, after Toronto-based radio station "Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590" released news that the Yotes could move to Winnipeg immediately after the playoffs ended.â†µ
Could the Canucks be any more obvious? They're trying to capsize a quality hockey team during the playoffs, a pathetic attempt to regain some semblance of significance in the 21st century.â†µ
Teams don't move to Canada -- they escape its icy bowels. The Vancouver Grizzlies moved to Memphis because of terrible attendance and awful basketball on the court. The Montreal Expos, despite having a rich history and some awesome hats, were largely ignored by the community until 2004, when they relocated to D.C.â†µ
Canada is a country that should understand how it feels to lose a team, more than any state in America would. Canadians should feel for the plight of the local community, and cheer for Phoenix to retain its hockey team. But that is not what is happening.â†µ
Comments on news articles attempt to poke fun at the desert and insist that Phoenix never deserved a hockey team. Guess what? Winnipeg blew their chance. It's too small of a city, and despite a very solid Jets fanbase, there just isn't enough money and passion in the surrounding area to make an NHL team a success in that area of Manitoba.â†µ
Phoenix has money, explosive population growth, and the city of Glendale will stop at nothing to save one of its crown jewels. Conjecture during a crucial playoff series is poor sportsmanship from desperate Canadian hockey fans, who should try to imagine what this would feel like if the shoe was on the other foot.â†µ
In other words, remember what 1996 felt like.