Power Breakfast: Thrashers move to Canada likely this week, frequent fliers, light rail, cyber combat, Japan, Greece

This could be a sad week for sports in Atlanta.

The proposed sale of the Thrashers to a group that would relocate the team to Winnipeg continued to inch toward completion through the holiday weekend, AJC reporter Tim Tucker writes.

A person close to the process told Tucker the Thrashers’ ownership group had not signed the deal as of Monday afternoon. But he added that lawyers continued to work on details and indicated an announcement is likely this week, possibly -– but not necessarily -– as early as Tuesday.

The person said no late offers have been received from any potential bidders to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that officials at “The Forks,” a meeting place in downtown Winnipeg, have been told to prepare for a party “Tuesday at the earliest” to celebrate a Thrashers announcement, Tucker writes. Also, Canadian sports network TSN reported that True North Sports and Entertainment –  the group attempting to buy the team — had “signed off” on the deal and was waiting for the seller to do the same.

If the Thrashers leave, it would be the second NHL team that Atlanta has lost to Canada. The Flames moved to Calgary in 1980.

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8 comments Add your comment

first

May 31st, 2011
7:20 am

HA HA. First

first

May 31st, 2011
7:22 am

So, the other story about someone stepping forward to keep the team in Atlanta was total BS? WTF? Nice reporting AJC. Way to do some investigative work before publishing something.

TnGelding

May 31st, 2011
8:18 am

Their gain is our gain.

Puck Like A Porn Star

May 31st, 2011
8:35 am

Thanks for nothing, ASG. Good luck selling Hawks tickets after this fiasco, you traitors.

Puck Like A Porn Star

May 31st, 2011
9:47 am

T-minus 2 hours, 20 minutes until the NHL becomes the #5 sports league in America.

Reminds me of when NASCAR wanted to “grow the sport,” so they built the Hall of Fame in Charlotte instead of Atlanta, which is a “dangerous” city. Fast forward to today, when the Georgia Aquarium welcomes it’s 3 millionth visitor and a recent expansion of its campus, while the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte is firmly in the red.

Hooray for short-sighted sports investors!

blue line

May 31st, 2011
12:22 pm

Well all’s not lost. There’s a decent ECHL team that plays its home games over in the Gwinnett Arena. One Thrasher fan has already told me that he intends to become a Gladiators fan next season.

HandOvThrawn

May 31st, 2011
1:57 pm

@ blue line, You must work for the Gladiators in some form or fashion if you believe Double-A hockey is a viable alternative to NHL hockey. This would be like replacing the falcons with high-school football

mistertee

May 31st, 2011
3:11 pm

Thanks goodness, our politicians did not go the avenue of Arizona and use taxpayer money to help a failed business. Atlanta can now get on to the business of picking up an MLS franchise. Hopefully it won’t be run by idiots like the Thrashers. We don’t need a cold weather sport to be a major league city.