Thursday, 21 April 2011

Thursday Ramblings

- Brandon Wheat Kings' road trips just got a little bit longer. The Western Hockey League made it official today -- the Chilliwack Bruins have been sold, and will be moving to Victoria for the start of next season. The B.C. capital has been without a WHL franchise since the Cougars left for Prince George in 1994. The club will hold a name-the-team contest, with the Victoria Secrets, Victoria Beckhams and Victoria Jacksons the leading candidates.

- The WHL had said Chilliwack may be in line to return to the league if there's another relocation possibility. Lots of chatter about Prince George, Kootenay and possibly Regina, who are locked in a bitter lease negotiation with Evraz Place. Haven't heard the Wheat Kings mentioned yet, but it's worthwhile to note Brandon's lease with the Keystone Centre runs out at the end of next season (2011-2012), and the general feeling is the Wheat Kings won't be getting quite as favourable a lease as they did when the last one was signed in February of 1997.

- The Phoenix Coyotes season ended last night, so discussion about the club's possible return to Winnipeg can heat up. Plenty of speculation out there, and the Winnipeg Sun and Winnipeg Free Press do a great job breaking everything down so I won't try to top that. However, if the NHL does return to Winnipeg, it certainly would lead to the possibility of the WHL doing the same. I don't see it happening while the Manitoba Moose remain there, as the market (ticket pricing, etc.) might be too similar for the AHL and WHL to co-exist in the same market. BTW, for those of you outside Manitoba, the new MTS IcePlex that opened on the West side of Winnipeg would not be capable of housing a WHL team, leaving only the MTS Centre is a possible home arena.

- The WHL will announce its Player of the Year Finalists today. My best bet is it'll be Darcy Kuemper of the Red Deer Rebels in the East and Tyler Johnson from the Spokane Chiefs in the West.

- The WHL's Conference Finals set to get underway tomorrow. Medicine Hat is facing Kootenay in the Eastern Conference Final and Spokane is playing Portland in the Western Conference Final. I'll take the Tigers and Chiefs in six games each.

- Former Wheat King Scott Glennie notched his first career professional goal last night. Glennie scored a 6:25 of the 2nd period in Texas' 3-2 loss to Milwaukee in Game #4 of their AHL first round playoff series. Glennie had been pointless in four regular season and three playoff games until last night. The Stars and Admirals are tied 2-2 in their first round series.

- Former Brandon co-captain Brayden Schenn had his first AHL playoff goal Tuesday night in Manchester's 6-3 win over Binghamton, and has a goal and three assists in three games since joining the Monarchs for their playoff drive. Manchester leads the Senators 3-2 in their first round series.

- Former Wheat Kings' captain Shayne Wiebe, BTW, has yet to play for the Connecticut Whale in their AHL playoff series with the Portland Pirates.

- Jacob DeSerres and the Saint John Sea Dogs are set to host the Lewiston Maineiacs to open their QMJHL Semifinal series Friday night.  Again, I'll refer you to http://stationnation.blogspot.com/ if you're looking for coverage of the series.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

If the Wheatkings were moved from the Brandon and out west would the WHL lose their drafting rights in manitoba?