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Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:19 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 5:42 pm
 

We might finally be at the end of the Thrashers-to-Winnipeg drama.

According to Sportsnet in Canada, the deal to relocate the franchise will likely be announced on Tuesday, a day before the Stanley Cup Final gets going. If there is no announcement on Tuesday, however, the chances of it being made public during the Finals aren't great. Gary Bettman would have zero interest in any news overshadowing the biggest series of the hockey schedule. But perhaps it could be announced on an off-day. It's not ideal, but then again the possible move will still be hanging over the NHL regardless.

Per TSN's Bob McKenzie, the lawyers representing the group from True North Sports have signed off on the deal, so they're just waiting on the Atlanta lawyers to do the same.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told the Associates Press he couldn't say if the sale could be announced as soon as Tuesday, but "It's certainly possible something will be finalized this week."

Of course, the deal would still have to be approved, but with the way NHL officials have been talking about the Atlanta relocation issue, you have to imagine it would be smooth sailing to acceptance.

All along the people in Atlanta have been hopeful they could keep the Thrashers in town, but it's looked less and less likely by the day. There just hasn't been a bidder that has come forth who was able to offer what True North can.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:01 pm
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

JayGilly - You have no idea what you are talking about in terms of Atlanta as a sports town so shut up. That being said, I hope that the Thrashers will be successful in Winnepeg. The ASG is a joke and they are going to feel the effects of this decision next year when the Hawks take the court. I had season to both teams but I will not waste my money giving it to a bunch of losers like the Atlanta Spirit. I received a call from the Hawks season office asking why I had not sent in my season renewal form and I told them if the ASG sold the Thrashers then they would never see another dime from me. I guess I can use the money I will save to go on a vacation or something else. You can not expect a fan base to support a team which has not won a playoff game in 11 years and lets their best players just leave. The ownership group signs a decent player in Joe Johnson to money normally reserved for superstars. The pwnership group has no idea what they are doing.

The Braves are owned by Liberty Media who is not a local group so they do not care but at least they have put competent people in place and spent some money.

The only decent owner Atlanta has is Arthur Blank who owns the Falcons. I wish he would have stepped up and bought the Thrashers but maybe he knew that the current owners had killed any chance of success for Hockey in Atlanta

Good luck Thrashers in Winnepeg and the ASG can go to he!!



Dude, Atlanta is not a sports towwn. I have lived and worked in Atlanta and it is a great event town. Look at your above post- it is riddled with excuses why the Braves, Hawks, and Thrashers can't draw. The Braves weren't selling out home playoff games. It made news. Give the Falcons time and soon, their tickets will go unsold....



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

"I think, to his chagrin, there were no local buyers and no buyers willing to move the team to a different U.S. city, so he didn't really have any other options."
Except for the "to his chagrin" part that was exactly the point I was hinting at RTG.   The league starts and stops with owners, not Bettman.    Relocations/expansions happen, like the existence of the NHL as a whole, because of owners first and foremost, not because of a fanbase (weak or strong) or a Bettman.   



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

Are the same people that blame Bettman for relocation and expansion to the south going to give him credit for moving a team back North?

I think, to his chagrin, there were no local buyers and no buyers willing to move the team to a different U.S. city, so he didn't really have any other options.



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

How are these for facts: Detroit has built a winning franchise from the ground up DESPITE being in the West, not because of it. Let's compare Detroit's playoff travel with that of some Eastern Conference teams, eh?

2009 -- defeated Columbus, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals
      
;  defeated Anaheim, 4-3, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  defeated Chicago, 4-1, Western Conf. finals **
lost to Pittsburgh, 4-3, Stanley Cup Finals

2008 -- defeated Nashville, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals
      
;  defeated Colorado, 4-0, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  defeated Dallas, 4-2, Western Conf. finals **
      
;  defeated Pittsburgh, 4-2, Stanley Cup Finals

2007 -- defeated Calgary, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  defeated San Jose, 4-2, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  lost to Anaheim, 4-2, Western Conf. finals **

2006 -- lost to Edmonton, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **

2004 -- defeated Nashville, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals
     -- lost to Calgary, 4-2, Western Conf. semifinals **

2003 -- lost to Anaheim, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals **

2002 -- defeated Vancouver, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  defeated St. Louis, 4-1, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  defeated Colorado, 4-3, Western Conf. finals **
      
;  defeated Carolina, 4-1, Stanley Cup Finals

2001 -- lost to Los Angeles, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **

2000 -- defeated Los Angeles, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  lost to Colorado, 4-1, Western Conf. semifinals **

1999 -- defeated Anaheim, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  lost to Colorado, 4-2, Western Conf. semifinals **
 
1998 -- defeated Phoenix, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  defeated St. Louis, 4-2, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  defeated Dallas, 4-2, Western Conf. finals **
      
;  defeated Washington, 4-0, Stanley Cup Finals

1997 -- defeated St. Louis, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  defeated Anaheim, 4-0, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  defeated Colorado, 4-2, Western Conf. finals **
      
;  defeated Philadelphia, 4-0, Stanley Cup Finals

1996 -- defeated Winnipeg, 4-2, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  defeated St. Louis, 4-3, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  lost to Colorado, 4-2, Western Conf. finals **

1995 -- defeated Dallas, 4-0, Western Conf. quarterfinals **
      
;  defeated San Jose, 4-1, Western Conf. semifinals **
      
;  defeated Chicago, 4-1, Western Conf. finals **
      
;  lost to New Jersey, 4-0, Stanley Cup Finals

Going back to 1995, I count 30 different playoff series where Detroit had to travel at least a time zone away, and in many cases three time zones away. You really want to make the arguement that all that travel .. and the extra expense ... actually helped them??? Nice try.

The fact is, in some aspect, the hockey world does revolve around Detroit. Bettman is trying to force-feed these BS "rivalries" with Columbus or Nashville because the NHL needs that draw for these pathetic teams.




Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: May 31, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

So what does this proposed move do to the current divisional alignment?  The Southeast would be left with Washington, Tampa, Florida, and Carolina.

Does the league realign or do they keep things the same?  Take a look at the current structure and tell us your thoughts.  If it were based on geography it MIGHT make sense to move Dallas from the pacific to the Southeast, Move Colorado from the Northwest to the Pacific and Obviously Winnepeg replaces colorado in the Northwest. 



Since: Oct 21, 2007
Posted on: May 31, 2011 11:18 am
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

JayGilly - You have no idea what you are talking about in terms of Atlanta as a sports town so shut up. That being said, I hope that the Thrashers will be successful in Winnepeg. The ASG is a joke and they are going to feel the effects of this decision next year when the Hawks take the court. I had season tickets to both teams but I will not waste my money giving it to a bunch of losers like the Atlanta Spirit. I received a call from the Hawks season ticket office asking why I had not sent in my season renewal form and I told them if the ASG sold the Thrashers then they would never see another dime from me. I guess I can use the money I will save to go on a vacation or something else. You can not expect a fan base to support a team which has not won a playoff game in 11 years and lets their best players just leave. The ownership group signs a decent player in Joe Johnson to money normally reserved for superstars. The pwnership group has no idea what they are doing.

The Braves are owned by Liberty Media who is not a local group so they do not care but at least they have put competent people in place and spent some money.

The only decent owner Atlanta has is Arthur Blank who owns the Falcons. I wish he would have stepped up and bought the Thrashers but maybe he knew that the current owners had killed any chance of success for Hockey in Atlanta

Good luck Thrashers in Winnepeg and the ASG can go to he!!



Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: May 31, 2011 10:03 am
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

If you follow most posters on here, they would have 80% of the NHL in Canada, and the NHL would never have a chance to develop beyond Canada's borders and as a regional US game. Thank goodness the league is led by some people with vision.
Why do you think the NFL plays games in Europe? Why do you think MLB expanded into Canada and is pushing the World Baseball classic?
Why is basketball pushing heavily to develop Asian interest? Leadership requires vision. It requires making investment and taking risk.
The only problem that these non-traditional markets have is that they get saddled with poor teams, and retread management, and few of them are ever able to dig outside that hole and develop a strong organization that can regularly place a quality product on the ice. 
I realize a lot of posters are happy with the NHL looking like the CFL, but to attract new money, new sponsors, and grow the interest in the sport, you have to have the vision to go to these new markets. 
I'll bet most of you don't know about the great youth hockey program in Phoenix, do you? You don't know that the US development team has players from Texas, California, Arizona and Florida now.
This all happens because of adding teams into these non-traditional markets. 
If anything the NHL should be embarrased about not doing more. They should be actively marketing and investing in these markets to help spur greater growth. Instead, they count on their local ownership to do it, and they are rpimarily concerend with making money, not making investment.
Even in Canada, hockey particiaption is down. The NHL could step up to that fact by helping to develop more rinks and looking to take cost out of the game for kids, but they don't.
Hockey is a great sport and the worst thing that could happen to it is losing large American markets for small Canadian markets like Winnipeg and Quebec City. Sure, there are fans there, but those markets are already saturated with hockey interest and will not attract new Corporate sponsors to the game. 



Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:43 am
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

Are the same people that blame Bettman for relocation and expansion to the south going to give him credit for moving a team back North?
Give Gary the Weasel credit for something positive? Hmm...we're getting to uncharted waters there, Bob.

I will say it's a step in the right direction. I never understood why there was ever one team in Florida, nevermind two...California didn't make sense aside from the Kings...Dallas never should have happened. I'm wondering how Denver would have done as a hockey city if the Av's didn't win their very first year there and challenge for the Cup for nearly a decade afterwards. I will give him Carolina...having been here for a while I've seen people get into hockey in this state with other pro sports teams being in the proverbial toilet in recent years (Panthers, Bobcats)...college sports and nascar still rule this state, though. Nashville is doing well since putting a winner on the ice...or at least a team worthy of competing with the best in the league. Would like to see how they do in the Southeast next year (if that happens)...maybe they could win that division with the Red Wings or Blackhawks not taking the top spot from them every year.

But the worst...the absolute WORST expansion team or transplant in the Weasel era has been the Atlanta Thrashers. I'm glad they're moving to Winnipeg.



Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: May 31, 2011 9:27 am
 

Reports: Thrashers move likely announced Tuesday

Getting this team away from that ownership group is the best thing for hockey.   Bad owners ruin a business operation more than anything.   The Thrashers would have had different owners years ago had it not been for legal disputes, and it's possible the team may have been able to tread water for a little while with serious business interests running things.   Like Farmgirl said, there are a few places that are thriving where hockey "didn't belong" according to many.   Committed ownership with a good relationship with local business and government has been able to plant roots and a team like SJ is able to thrive on their 2nd time around.   The Thrashers never had a chance since the lockout, the Atlanta Spirit would have been able to almost ruin any franchise  except the Large U.S. markets and a few Canadian ones.   

Are the same people that blame Bettman for relocation and expansion to the south going to give him credit for moving a team back North?  

Too bad for the potential NHL fans in Atlanta that were never marketed to or were never given a product worth buying.   Congrats to Winnepeg.   An owner who owns the arena and franchise has a better chance to put a quality product on the ice for the fans for consecutive years.  Hopefully the announcement comes in an hour or so.


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