CHICAGO — True North Sports and Entertainment announced they have reached an agreement to buy the financially troubled Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday and they plan on moving the team to Winnipeg for the 2011-2012 season.
Where the Moose will move is yet to be determined.
The Thrashers move to Winnipeg and changed AHL affiliation is the first in a series of dominoes to fall regarding new minor league affiliations for 2011-2012.
The Vancouver Canucks will lose their AHL affiliate in the merry-go-round, and some are reporting that the Thrashers current affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, will fill that void.
However, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Wolves have been contacted by six NHL clubs about the affiliation void and the list has been narrowed to three teams.
Wolves GM Wendell Young told the Tribune that an announcement is expected early next week, but he did not specify who those three teams are.