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article imageNHL: Atlanta Thrashers reach a deal to send the team to Winnipeg

By Tyler Hunt     May 19, 2011 in Sports
According to Stephen Brunt of The Globe and Mail, a deal has been reached to sell the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment, a group based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The long drawn out prospect of an NHL team returning to Manitoba's capital is finally coming to fruition, according to The Globe and Mail.
An announcement is expected to come Tuesday as NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will travel to Winnipeg to give the news.
After much speculation about one of the struggling US-based teams moving north of the border, most thought the Phoenix Coyotes would be relocating after going bankrupt in 2009.
But after Glendale City Councillors voted to put up an addition $25 million to cover losses for another year, focus turned on Atlanta, who have been looking for a buyer for some time now.
Even the NHL was preparing for the possibility of NHL hockey in Winnipeg next season. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the NHL had included Winnipeg in one of two drafts as they prepared the schedule for the upcoming season, as well as another with Atlanta staying put.
This wouldn't be the first Atlanta has moved a team to Alberta. In 1980, the Atlanta Flames relocated to Calgary due to a poor NHL market in Georgia.
More details will be available as they are released.
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