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article imageNHL: Thrashers moving from Atlanta to Winnipeg?

By Owen Weldon     May 17, 2011 in Sports
Hockey fans in Winnipeg may not have the Phoenix Coyotes, because they are staying in Arizona, but they are hoping that the Atlanta Thrashers will be moving north soon.
The Atlanta Thrashers are in talks with True North Sports and Entertainment. They are in talks about whether or not to sell the franchise.
According to the Latimes, on Monday a person revealed that talks with TNS could mean that the Thrashers would move up north to Winnipeg.
According to the Miamihearld, Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, and other league officials will not stand in the way of the move, if such a move takes place. In the past they have stood in the way of potential relocations.
According to AOL, there are hopes that a local buyer will buy the Thrashers, but as of now there has been no potential buyers. As of now the Thrasher play in the Southeast Division, but the team is based in Manitoba. This raises speculation that an NHL realignment could be on the way soon.
Sources do say that as of now it seems that the most likely scenario would be to keep Winnipeg for one more season, playing in the Southeast division. Then a restructuring of the divisions could take place in 2012. Sources say that this would allow the whole Arizona situation to fix itself up. The Phoenix Coyotes will be staying in Arizona for at least one more year.
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