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Brutal travel could ground Winnipeg

Flying twice around the world will have huge impact

Updated: June 1, 2011, 12:12 PM ET
By Neil Greenberg | Special to ESPN Insider

The NHL is returning to Winnipeg, and the team will have no choice but to play out next season in the Southeast Division. That means long, arduous road trips.

The RBC Center, where the Carolina Hurricanes play, is almost 1,800 miles away from Winnipeg's home ice. Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals, is 1,600 miles away. The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning are each more than 2,000 miles from Winnipeg's hockey digs.

A challenging schedule like this can make it feel like you play every day, which is a real mental drain. How will it impact the NHL's return to Manitoba next season?

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