If anything's going to stop the Atlanta Thrashers from moving north to Winnipeg, it's not likely to be that thing about Manitoba needing to lend True North a hand with MTS Centre debt, according to an updated Winnipeg Free Press report by Bruce Owen. While the province has made it clear it won't put any money toward the team itself, all signs suggest it's willing to help out with the arena.
Owen's report also lists a source who says the deal could be finalized next week. Apparently all we're waiting on, as we've suspected, is that the NHL must check over the deal and must make good and sure no viable local buyers have presented themselves.
Winnipeg wants to avoid being likened to Glendale, which faces an ongoing financial fiasco after multiple warring Arizona factions got involved in the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes.