This is it. The long anticipated return of the NHL to Winnipeg is closer than ever to being finalized.
While nothing is official yet, the Atalanta Thrashers appear to be heading for colder and more hockey-crazy pastures.
According to The Globe and Mail, True North Sports and Entertainment has agreed to a deal to purchase the Atlanta Thrashers. Again, nothing is official, but save for the ironing out of details, the Thrashers are heading to Manitoba.
Now, if indeed Atlanta loses its NHL franchise for the second time, what does this mean for the rest of the NHL? Well, there are very few negatives and quite a few positives to the potential moves.
It's no secret that the fans in Winnipeg have a deeper passion for hockey and will be able to put people in the seats, something Atlanta often struggled with. In addition, new ownership might finally be able to make this franchise a competitive one.
On the surface, this move looks great for the NHL. Here are the top reasons why.