Atlanta Thrashers Sale Imminent as True North Calls Press Conference

Matt EichelSenior Writer IMay 31, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 21:  A sign displayed outside Philips Arena urges to 'Ground the Jets...Save the Birds' as fans hold a rally to keep the Thrashers in Atlanta at Philips Arena on May 21, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  It has been reported the Thrashers may relocate to Winnipeg, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The ongoing sale of the Atlanta Thrashers seems to be coming to an end Tuesday morning, May 31.  True North Sports & Entertainment have called a press conference for noon Tuesday regarding the ongoing sale of the Thrashers and a possible final announcement that the Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg.

After the Phoenix Coyotes stayed in the city of Glendale by the effort of the city and the NHL, True North has been spending its time focused on Atlanta, a team that has been riddled with poor attendance and only one playoff berth in the team's short history.

If the deal goes through, it will be the second time Atlanta has lost an NHL franchise.  They lost the Atlanta Flames to Calgary in the early 1980s.  They remain to this day the Calgary Flames.  

Atlanta would become the first city in the NHL to lose an NHL franchise twice.  They, as well as Minnesota, Colorado and Ottawa are the only markets to be given a second chance at an NHL franchise.

David Thomson, part owner of True North, is en route to Winnipeg for the announcement at noon today at the MTS Centre, the new home of the Atlanta Thrashers.