5:46 am May 17, 2011, by Henry Unger
Will Atlanta lose an NHL team to Canada for the second time?
The Atlanta Spirit is in negotiations with True North Sports and Entertainment on the sale of the Thrashers — which would result in relocation to Winnipeg, AJC writer Chris Vivlamore is reporting, citing a person familiar with the situation.
The parties have not entered into an exclusive negotiating agreement nor has a deal been reached, Vivlamore writes. It is not known how long the two sides have been negotiating.
However, the fact that talks are underway could mean the Thrashers’ relocation, perhaps as soon as next season, Vivlamore writes.
According to a person familiar with the Thrashers’ situation, a meeting was held Monday between team officials and a prospective buyer interested in keeping the team in Atlanta, Vivlamore reports. But the talks have not progressed.
Twenty-one years ago, Atlanta lost its first NHL team when the Flames moved to Calgary.
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