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Thrashers Had Two Atlanta-Friendly Potential Buyers, Now Just One, According To Report

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore has posted his story on the Atlanta Thrashers being down to just one potential buyers group with an interest in keeping the team in Atlanta. According to the report, team president Don Waddell was dealing with two non-local shoppers until recently.

No clue which group dropped out, nor which group remains. We know their northern competition is True North, the group that aims to bring the team to Winnipeg.

Also according to Vivlamore, a deal between the Atlanta Spirit Group and TNSE is "not imminent," which lends further credence to Damien Cox's report that the two groups may not be as close on price as we'd assumed. The deadline to relocate the team is likely a somewhat mushy one, but if a deal isn't struck next week, Manitoba is going to get a little weird for a while.

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