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Winnipeg winds blowing

Another day, another rumor about the plight of the Phoenix Coyotes. This time, the desert squad is headed back to its original home of Winnipeg, folks are saying.

TSN reports the Canadian city will learn within three weeks if the team is jetting back. CBC Sports reports Winnipeg Mayor Sam Katz is taking a cautious approach to the latest news, which came today as stories surfaced about trouble with Jerry Reinsdorf's bid to keep the Coyotes in Arizona.

"Do I believe the opportunity is there? Yes, " Katz said. "Do I want to see Winnipeggers get excited and then feel disappointed? No."

I have no doubt Winnipeg is a hockey-mad city, but the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman have been steadfast in their desire to keep a team in the Phoenix area. I still think they will continue in that effort -- and I'm not just saying that because I really, really like going to Phoenix for road trips.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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