NHL Staff Ready Themselves For Announcement As Atlanta Thrashers Relocation To Winnipeg Nears Completion

It's getting cloooseeeeer. The Atlanta Thrashers' imminent move to Winnipeg, where they will almost certainly be re-branded as not the Thrashers (and probably the Jets), appears to be very close to happening. So close, in fact, that the NHL has staff in place in Winnipeg, ready to make the big announcement, or so says Rogers Sportsnet's Arash Madani.

Being told NHL staff are in Winnipeg already for an announcement. League is beyond adamant they want this official before Cup finals start.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

That making an announcement before the finals thing makes a whole lot of sense, since the league probably wants the focus to be on the teams themselves during the Stanley Cup finals, not the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets. According to some other reports, the announcement is expected as soon as Tuesday, which would be absolutely perfect timing. The sale and move would probably get mentioned during Game 1 coverage, at which point everyone could move on with their lives and enjoy actual hockey games.

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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