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Atlanta Thrashers Moving To Winnipeg, According To Report

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The Atlanta Thrashers will be moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba after terms of a sale were agreed upon, the Globe and Mail reported Thursday night. The deal will reportedly be announced Tuesday, with Gary Bettman in Winnipeg for the announcement.

If the report is accurate, this concludes a long and difficult sale process that saw the Atlanta Spirit Group repeatedly claim no local buyers were available while putting the Atlanta Hawks on the block as well. Winnipeg's True North group was reportedly the only available legit suitor.

No word yet on the terms of the reported deal, though the team was believed to be up for $170 million counting a $60 million relocation fee that will go to the NHL. Much more to come. 

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