Ominous Sign In The Peg?

Top of the morning, quick early morning post.

Did anyone else see this from Winnipeg Sun this morning?

“In talking about the importance of drafting well, Chipman made a bold proclamation about the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which goes June 24 and 25.

“We’re not trading that seventh overall pick, I can tell you that,” said Chipman.”

This from the team President.

Can you imagine what would happen here in Toronto if Richard Peddie made that comment?????

Our papers and radio shows would be full of commentary about it. Wonder what if anything will be said in the Peg about the team President sticking his nose into hockey matter only hours after the press conference that announced the sale.

Have a great day.



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Gerry (Burlington)
Gerry (Burlington)
June 1, 2011 9:04 am

Given how starved right now the fans of Wpg are to talk all things Hockey, I think Chipman wanted to give them something to look forward too/talk about. He is extremely close with the current GM from the Moose (who will be retained in some fashion) and has had many conversations with Rick Dudley I have heard. I understand your comments regarding a President getting involved, but Peddie comparison is much different. He has Condo’s, Restaurants, an NBA and NHL team to run along with ACC. Much bigger Pond Peddie is swimming in. For now Chipman is the face of the franchise, with a big dollar sign attached to Thompsons name.

Steve (in Hamilton)
Steve (in Hamilton)
June 1, 2011 9:57 am

Yes, but does the new team even have a GM now? Didn’t the old GM say he wasn’t going to move? If so, wouldn’t that be grounds for an immediate suspension of his duties?

Gerry (Burlington)
Gerry (Burlington)
June 1, 2011 10:02 am

Don Waddel was the President who is not coming to Wpg. It is widely known that Chipman will be the President of this new team. The question in the air is whether or not this team will retain Dudley as GM or keep the current Moose team GM as the new GM. Or perhaps have one be the others asst.

In light of all the transition going on with this team, I don’t think it was a big deal that Chipman announced the draft pick was being kept. He has to have spent much time talking about the Hockey Ops with the various people.

I think the bigger thing to come out of the press conference was Bettmans bold faced lie about having 5-6 other places the team could have gone. He just absolutely can’t stop being a smarmy lawyer who always comes off looking like a weasel.

June 1, 2011 10:06 am

I heard they were thinking of elevating the guy running the Moose to the GM of NHL club and not bringing Rick Dudley up to Winnipeg? That was on Sportsnet or TSN. If that’s the case, they are fools. Dudley is very well respected and known as one of the hardest working guys in hockey. He effectively built the Blackhawk team that won the cup. He is the guy you want running your team if it’s been struggling. You don’t want some schlerb from the AHL who has got a buddy that owns a team all of a sudden. Dudley will get a job the minute after he’s let go. (And Eugene Melnyk still has Brian Murray)

June 1, 2011 1:46 pm

I agree with the writing above, it’s early and not everything is set up in place yet. I will give them the benefit of the doubt in this early stage.

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