NHL To Vote On Winnipeg Relocation Of Atlanta Thrashers Tuesday

Until now, the NHL has never officially sealed it's return to Winnipeg. It's just a formality, really, but when the Board of Governors meets in New York City on Tuesday, they will vote on the future of the Atlanta Thrashers -- on whether or not to approve the sale of the team from Atlanta Spirit Group to True North Sports and Entertainment.

They've been in hospice care, and today we pull the plug. Today is the final day of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Any change in ownership needs to be approved by three-fourths of the Board, while the relocation bid to Winnipeg only needs to be approved by a majority of the Board. When looking at relocation, the Board is supposed to take into account things like the viability of the new market and if there were legitimate reasons to leave the original market.

Selling 13,000 season tickets in half a second or whatever the impressive number was is a good way to prove things are going to work out. And when the Commissioner says that the Atlanta market "wasn't economically viable," well, you see where this is going here. 

The Board is going to approve the relocation bid and the sale. The question is: will the team have a name and uniforms by Friday night's draft?

For more on hockey in Winnipeg, visit our new Winnipeg NHL blog at Arctic Ice Hockey.

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