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Thrashers to Winnipeg Rumors Abound

With the Globe and Mail reporting earlier that the deal “to relocate the franchise to the Manitoba capital is done”, there’s been an avalanche of reports and contradictions in the past hour.

Stephen Brunt’s Globe report goes on to state the deal is meant to be revealed Tuesday. 

Others, like Kevin Allen of USA Today and Scott Burnside at ESPN, aren’t convinced. And Brian Munz—the play-by-play voice of the Manitoba Moose and reporter with CJOB radio in Winnipeg, checked with True North who state that the “sale of Thrashers is NOT done.”  CBC’s Elliotte Friedman comments there might indeed be a “framework of an agreement” but “pending final attempts to find local ownership.”

So it seems premature to make any assumptions at this point.  We’ll update reports on this if anything more concrete emerges.

Updated 10:15pm ET. From the Canadian Press:

“It’s not true,” True North spokesman Scott Brown said when asked about the report that a deal was done.

True North Sports and Entertainment owns and operates the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and the MTS Centre arena, which would become the NHL team’s new home.

The Globe report says the NHL board of governors has already approved the sale and transfer of the team, pending negotiation of a purchase agreement between Atlanta Spirit LLC, the Thrashers’ owners, and True North.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly is also not confirming the report, saying “as far as we know, there is nothing done.”

“Certainly, the board has not approved anything,” he said in an email to The Canadian Press.

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