Atlanta Thrashers Sale: Deal Not Yet Done, Despite Conflicting Reports

The sale of the Atlanta Thrashers isn't quite done, despite a report to the contrary. That's what several of the principles are saying, and that's what Chris Vivlamore at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting this Thursday morning. He indicates that the sale could drag into next week.

Gary Bettman also reported on the radio in Florida on Wednesday evening that the deal could still fall through, saying that people are being "presumptuous about what's going on," although that seems more like posturing than anything else at this point. 

The situation hasn't really changed: Atlanta Spirit wants to sell, and True North Sports and Entertainment is offering them more money than anybody else, especially now that no other groups are interested in the team. Therefore, they're selling the team to True North and that group will move them to Winnipeg. 

There are still details to work out, apparently, but all parties want this deal to reach completion. It seems the biggest hurdle -- the allocation of the sale price and relocation fee -- has been cleared, and this still seems like a matter of not if, but when. 

For more on the Thrashers' ownership situation and the looming relocation to Winnipeg, check in with Bird Watchers Anonymous and SB Nation Atlanta. Sorry, we don't have an SB Nation Winnipeg. 

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