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Atlanta Thrashers General Manager Rick Dudley Might Be Out Of A Job After Thrashers Move To Winnipeg

Add Thrashers' General Manager Rick Dudley to the ever-growing list of people potentially out of a job. Yesterday word leaked out that others are being considered for Craig Ramsay's coaching job, and today candidates for Dudley's arise.

The new owners in Winnipeg, True North Sports and Entertainment, more than likely want to put their own stamp on things with a fresh front office and coaching staff. That's understandable, but disappointing for Dudley. Dudley just signed a four-year extension with the team to stay on as GM. Also, the general manager believes that the team is just one or two pieces away from being a successful hockey franchise. Of course, this is something that has been said since Dudley's tenure began, and those pieces were not Radek Dvorak (though Blake Wheeler and Mark Stuart were good steps forward). As much as Thrashers fans want this team to not look a thing like they used to after the move, it is sad to see someone who believes in the team that he has assembled get let go so quickly.

In other news, 55% of Winnipeg's season tickets are gone after the presale, with the general public getting their chance starting tomorrow.

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