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Atlanta Thrashers Sale Negotiations Continue Without Local Group, Reports Chris Vivlamore

The Atlanta Thrashers ownership group and True North negotiated through the weekend, as had been forecast Friday night by the Globe and Mail, says the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore. No updates on how much progress they have made or how close they are to a conclusion, though Vivlamore reports the one local buyer group now appears to have dropped out.

It's only a matter of time now, though there's more hope in that statement than you think. It's the tiniest ember of hope, of course, but still. The Atlanta Spirit Group and TNSE have likely just a few more days to reach a deal. If we know anything about the ASG, it's that they can make the simplest transaction take far longer than anyone would think possible -- it took six years for them to stop suing each other over Joe Johnson, folks.

Thus, the party responsible for the franchise's failure is now the fanbase's final hope. Funny how that works out.

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