The final hurdle has been cleared. Like, officially. We swear. The NHL's Board of Governors has, as expected, approved the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers from Atlanta Spirit Group to True North Sports and Entertainment, and they've also approved the proposed relocation of the team from Atlanta to Winnipeg.
This isn't really news, other than the fact that it's news. We knew it would happen, and there was literally no doubt in anybody's mind that this wouldn't happen.
Next on the agenda is the building of a hockey team, and new general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff has a lot more to do. There's still no head coach for the team, and of more importance to most people, there's not even a name for the club yet. At the draft on Friday night, when Cheveldayoff and Co. select 8th overall, it's expected that they'll just hand off a generic jersey to their pick. Should be fun.
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