What if ... the North Stars had never moved?

  • Article by: MICHAEL RAND , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 16, 2011 - 2:17 AM
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toomuchgovAug. 12, 11 1:36 AM

Well, at least the team would have cooler jerseys and the team name would be relevant to Minnesota. Same as the Lakers. The North Stars and Lakers are so much better names than the Wild and T-Wolves, Instead, the Lakers play in the land of no lakes, and the North Stars become the Stars. We were bamboozled!

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alninoAug. 12, 11 8:35 AM

Met Sports Center was actually a really nice arena. They put millions into renovating it in the late 80's, and it was reported that players around the NHL said it had the best ice in the league. All it needed was more luxury suites. I don't see the North Stars moving to 'shiny new' Target Center. That barn is a dump!

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mn218puckfanAug. 12, 11 9:06 AM

All that needed to happen was the Metropolitan Sports Commission actually work with Norm Green. I'm not defendng Norm Green but he wanted to make money, can't blame him for that. Well the MSC should've actually worked better with the Gund Brothers also. The Wilfs are finding this out now. Just like all previous sport franchise owners did.

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joe12packAug. 12, 1110:03 AM

The Met was a great place for hockey. There was nothing more exciting as a kid going to see the Hawks in the '80s and'90s. Now Winnipeg has a team with an arena that has the same number of seats as the Met but with more suites (and of course more modern). I agree that if Norm Green could have come up with the funds to expand the Met and develop the Ikea land, the team would still be here. That being said, he still sucks and always will.

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war_m0ngerAug. 12, 1112:35 PM

There was not a single thing about the North Stars Organization that was better than the Wild organization. The X is a MUCH better venue. Anybody whining about the North Stars is just mooning for the old days. When we had the North Stars in the 80's, people were whining about the Fighting Saints in the 70's - guess what, the good ol' days weren't always good.

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minwild93Aug. 12, 1112:49 PM

It may have been a different story once the City took over the Target Center. At the 11th hour before Norm (sucks) Green made the decision to move, North Stars management had a meeting with Harv and Marv, our T-Wolves tandem behind Target Center's construction. They had a deal in principal to make the North Stars tenants, then slept on the deal. The next morning, the boys HarMar called it off. Green was miffed, knew the heat would be on with his harassment suit, and pulled the trigger on the move south--to a place with no luxury suites. By the time they got a new arena in Dallas, he didn't own the team. In other words, he never saw the suites he claimed to so desperately needed. Yes, we all look back wistfully at Met Center, and yes, it had fabulous ice, but it never would have lured another team to town. It's too bad a tie-in with the MOA never came to fruition before March, 1993. Target Center isn't a very good hockey building for various reasons, so we should all be thankful for the X--hockey people proclaim it to be at the top in the NHL with the ACC and an example for buildings built since 2000. The North Star will always shine in our hearts...

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quixskiAug. 12, 11 2:16 PM

The north stars move will always be an open festering wound. The salt in that wound is the state and hockey community being able to retain the name I.e. Cleveland browns. Norm (bite me) green had every right to sell the team but not our history. The league should step in at some point and prevent another mess with a team history that rightfully belongs to the community. No more messes like Winnipeg having to fight to get their history back from pheonix. It was the MINNESOTA north stars, not the norm green north stars. This community invested in our team name and hockey history. How is it even possible to sell history? We should have our retired northstars numbers handing at our pond. Final thought: who came up with the idea for a "what if" series for the paper? Not original at all since that's all you've been writing about for 20 plus years....just more salt in the wounds.

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bobo72Aug. 12, 11 2:30 PM

The Vikings owned the 90s. The Twins owned the first decade of this New Millennium. (But under current management, this organization is a total has-been from here on out.) And the Wild--with a new owner, GM, and now coach--will own the next decade. This team WILL win a Stanley Cup in the next few years.

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toomuchgovAug. 12, 11 5:34 PM

@bobo - I sooo wish you are right. Nonetheless, wanna bet?

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bhrnew1lAug. 12, 11 6:15 PM

If the North Stars never left ? We would have Mike Modano on our roster right now but instead he is taking vacations and eating Ho Ho's on his couch. If this current management would have a little respect for tradition and have a special place in their heart for the only North Star left that could put on skates still, that would be just peachy. We already know that the current management is opposite of the old and has not followed tradition but that is what makes me scratch my head on why not Mike, heck it fits right in with Heatley, etc. Lets see what the new Wild trainers are capable of, just think if they could make an old dinosaur like Modano come back to life ? Are they up for a challenge ? just sayin

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