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Atlanta Thrashers Move Likely Announced Memorial Day, Based On Globe And Mail Report

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The Globe and Mail has pushed back its original best estimate of the announcement of an Atlanta Thrashers move to Winnipeg by almost a week. Originally reporting the deal would be announced May 24, the paper now makes a case for Monday, May 30 being the day, though it also says the news could come as early as Thursday.

At least Thrashers fans already have an excuse to drink all day, am I right?

Why Monday? There are still a few wrinkles to be worked out, but, as Darren Dreger also reported, those could possibly be resolved by the end of the week. However, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman doesn't like to announce news on game days, and Monday is the first Stanley Cup Playoffs open date within the next week.

Overwhelming red tape is the only chance this fanbase has left of hanging on to its hockey team. The suspected announce date getting delayed even further into next week is about all Thrashers fans can hope for.

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