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Report: Thrashers sold to Winnipeg group (which in turn denies report)

The Jets rumors are flying.

The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Atlanta Thrashers have been sold to True North Sports and Entertainment, the group that plans to bring an NHL team back to Winnipeg. The newspaper says an announcement will be made Tuesday, with Commissioner Gary Bettman present.

True North, however, has told the Winnipeg Free Press the report is not accurate. Earlier tonight, Bettman said on his weekly radio show that no deal is in place to move the Thrashers.

Here's where it gets interesting, according to the Free Press. One member of the True North ownership group, David Thomson, owns the Globe and Mail. It's possible (probable?) that he leaked the sale to his own paper, and now the rest of True North is trying to do damage control.

The guess here based on the info is that the deal is done.

---John Vogl

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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