A report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution suggests the owners of the Atlanta Thrashers NHL franchise have failed to find a buyer who would keep the team in Atlanta, opening the the door to talks that would see the Thrashers move to Winnipeg. It’s not known how far negotiations with True North Sports and Entertainment, the company that would move the team, have progressed or whether they’ve even started at all. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman nonetheless opened the door to a possible relocation in an interview with NHL Live radio on Thursday, saying “if [Thrashers ownership] can’t find local ownership, then we might all have to deal with that.” Deputy commissioner Bill Daly had earlier said he couldn’t guarantee the Thrashers would be playing in Atlanta next season.
Are the Thrashers Winnipeg-bound?
With no prospective owners in Atlanta, NHL team appears likely to move
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