First, the move seems popular amongst players, according to Pierre Lebrun at ESPN.
Former Free Press Reporter Jeff Blair at the G&M says Winnipeg is the perfect place for an NHL team.
One aspect of the sale addressed by Ken Campbell at The Hockey News is the "relocation fee".
What still has to be determined, according to a source, is how much of that purchase price goes to the Atlanta Spirit, a group that is hardly dealing from a position of strength when it comes to selling the team. It has been widely reported that the purchase price of the team is $110 million, with an additional $60 million going to the NHL in the form of a relocation fee.
Apparently, the Atlanta Spirit owner Bruce Levenson wants a bigger piece of the purchase price and is trying to get a portion of that $60 million from the NHL. It’s believed the league, meanwhile, not only wants the $60 million relocation fee, but a portion of the $110 million purchase price. In fact, there’s a possibility that the Atlanta Spirit might end up with only $80 million to $100 million of the purchase price. It should be noted that the relocation fee for the Thrashers seems to have come out of nowhere. There was no relocation fee when the Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, when the Quebec Nordiques moved to Colorado in 1995, when the Winnipeg Jets moved to Phoenix in 1996 and when the Hartford Whalers relocated to Raleigh, N.C., in 1997.
You should check keepthethrashers.com.
If the new owners of the Thrashers put a championship team on the ice, you can bet Atlanta fans will come out in big numbers. Why? Atlanta fans have had little to cheer about in any sport. In fact Forbes recently rated Atlanta #2 on the Most Miserable Sports Cities list. How did Atlanta make the list? Our pro teams have played a combined 153 seasons and have produced only one championship – the 1995 Braves. Atlanta will support a winner, any kind of winner, including a hockey team. The upside for the Thrashers is significant, especially if we can get a committed ownership group.