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NHL Staff In Winnipeg For Pending Thrashers Relocation Announcement, Says Arash Madani

Another distinct report that adds to the sentiment the Atlanta Thrashers will be announced as Winnipeg's new NHL team Tuesday or Wednesday: Sportsnet's Arash Madani reports "NHL staff are in Winnipeg already for an announcement." Madani also adds that the league wants the move announced before the Stanley Cup Finals begin, which sets the deadline at Wednesday night.

Some Winnipeg hockey fans had been tracking airplane tail numbers last week. If league officials slipped into Manitoba's capital without Jets fans catching on, kudos to them.

Barring a major surprise, the deal will be announced within 18 to 42 hours, though the preceding announcement of a pending official announcement could come at any moment. If that makes any sense.

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