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Manitoba Moose Moving To St. Johns Thanks To Atlanta Thrashers Relocation

Atlanta Thrashers fans, it will not soothe you one bit to note your loss is granting NHL hockey to one city and AHL hockey to another, but that's the fact. As expected, Winnipeg's Manitoba Moose are moving across the planet to St. Johns to make way in the MTS Centre for the Winnipeg not-Thrashers.

Some have wondered whether Atlanta might be in the market for a AHL team now, not to slight our ECHL Gwinnett Gladiators, of course. There's a top-notch hockey rink that will go unused otherwise, as many have pointed out. I'd imagine something like that is being considered by somebody important somewhere (definitive!), and we'll have more later this week on what Atlanta hockey fans might be able to hope for in the near future.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.