Thrashers Move To Winnipeg Not Official Yet; Sale, Relocation Still Require June 21 NHL Approval

Though the Atlanta Spirit Group and True North have reached a deal that would turn the Atlanta Thrashers over to Winnipeg, the NHL has yet to sign off on the move. The league's Board of Governors won't meet to vote on the sale and relocation until June 21, giving anybody with an interest in keeping the team in town three weeks to act very, very quickly.

Three quarters of NHL governors must approve the sale of the team to True North, while a simple majority must approve the relocation to Winnipeg. Both are expected to be rubber stamped, and were reportedly all but assured months ago.

There's a chance in hell the move could be stopped between now and June 21, I suppose. We know what the NHL bylaws say about the matter, for instance, but those are only guidelines, not anything legally binding. 

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