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No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:42 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 3:25 am
 


The Thrashers aren’t headed to Winnipeg -- at least just yet.

Multiple sources told CBSSports.com Thursday night a report that a deal is in place to sell and move Atlanta’s NHL franchise to Winnipeg is at best premature. One source with knowledge of the negotiations said talks between Thrashers ownership group, Atlanta Spirit, and Winnipeg’s True North Sports and Entertainment have progressed, but not to the point where both sides had an agreement in place.

The Globe and Mail reported that an agreement had been reached by the two sides Thursday. Winnipeg --- which lost the Jets to Phoenix in 1996 --- would again be home to NHL hockey. The newspaper reported that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman “is expected to travel to Winnipeg to make the news official.”

Scott Brown, a spokesman for True North, said in an e-mail that the report "is not accurate."

The Thrashers, however, remain on the block and it doesn’t look like a viable ownership group willing to keep the team in Atlanta has emerged. Atlanta Spirit and True North have been in talks for several days and it looks like the Winnipeg group looks to be the frontrunner.

True North had sought to acquire the Phoenix Coyotes, but Glendale (Ariz.) officials opted to pay the league as much as $25 million to cover the operating costs for the 2011-12 season. The group’s attention then reportedly turned to the Thrashers.

Bettman said in a radio interview Wednesday that he was “not aware” of any imminent deal to sell the Thrashers.

"There has been so much speculation,” Bettman said during the first intermission of Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on TEAM 1040-AM on Wednesday night. “How many people in your line of work were reporting the Coyotes were going to Winnipeg? Where is that coming from? It’s made up. It didn’t happen. The minute the Coyotes made it clear it clear they’re staying, we’re on to Atlanta.”

On his weekly radio show Thursday night, The Associated Press reports Bettman reiterated no deal has been made to move the Thrashers to Winnipeg, saying "I can tell you that with certainty."
 

-- A.J. Perez

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Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:21 am
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

Regarding the West Coast build a arena in Kirkland Washington on the lake, look at Vancouver Canucks success always sold out less travel for the players. Alanta thrashers should move to Kirland or Seattle. Winnepeg is cold floods a lot and the travel time. The Community in the Pacific North west could easly support a sport franchise for hockey and you can never get enoough mentorship from the team. Sports teams do alot of good for the communities. Edmonton Eskimos football in Canada, a lot of there athletes teach football after the careers and during there football years are always motivating young and old like me in the community.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:56 am
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

How ignorant can Gary Bettman possibly be?  He is fully aware that Atlanta Spirit is negotiating with at least one group of people to sell the Atlanta Thrashers.  They've been trying to sell the franchise for at least the last 12 months and have publicly stated the franchise is available.  For Bettman to think that he could go on the radio and state the opposite like it should convince anyone is complete foolishness.
That's not what Bettman said. He said he was not aware of any IMMINENT deal to sell the Thrashers. That means he is not aware of a deal that is about to happen. It does NOT mean he is not aware the Thrashers' owners are trying to sell. Big difference. Read the whole story, not just the part that makes Bettman fit your image. He didn't do anything wrong here.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 12:51 am
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

Idiot, the Senators aren't moving.



Since: Jun 6, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:26 pm
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

send the wings east!
id move nashville to SE to take atlanta's spot then have winnipeg play in the PNW, dallas to central and colorado to pacific.  then the divisions will be pretty close to geographic region, despite a few teams playing in a different time zone than other teams in the same division (detroit, minn, colorado, nashville).  overall i think that's a good realignment.


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Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:24 pm
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Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:22 pm
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

Betteman didn't say he didn't know about True North is negotiating a deal, he said he was not aware of any imminent deal being made.  Stop reading into something that does not exist. You discredit yourself by making inaccurate claims!  Being biased doesnt make your argument better, it just exposes your true attitude to be slanted.  I hope Winnepeg gets a team back, as with Quebec City.  8 Canadian teams is sufficient enough for a country that loves the sport more than the US.



Since: Mar 7, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 11:07 pm
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

send the wings east!



Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:58 pm
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

What are the chances that balsillie is quietly trying to get this team too for k-w?



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 19, 2011 10:55 pm
 

No deal in place yet to sell, move Thrashers

"Bettman said in a radio interview Wednesday that he was “not aware” of any imminent deal to sell the Thrashers.
How ignorant can Gary Bettman possibly be?  He is fully aware that Atlanta Spirit is negotiating with at least one group of people to sell the Atlanta Thrashers.  They've been trying to sell the franchise for at least the last 12 months and have publicly stated the franchise is available.  For Bettman to think that he could go on the radio and state the opposite like it should convince anyone is complete foolishness.  How hard would it be for Bettman to say he is aware representatives of the Atlanta ownership group is looking for a buyer but he is not completely aware of the potential details or exact dollar figures involved?  He could then remind the interviewer and listeners that even if a deal was reached, the NHL Board of Governors needs to be involved to approve the sale and the new ownership group.  This guy is such an idiot.


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