Thrashers saga shows no signs of abating
Kirk Penton, Winnipeg Sun
Hockey fans in Winnipeg and Atlanta are trading cheap shots on Twitter.
Radio stations in Manitoba are using Van Halen’s Jump — the song that played when the Jets came onto the ice — as the background music every time they do the weather.
And Atlanta Thrashers players are wondering what the heck is going on.
Just another day in what has become the Thrashers-to-Winnipeg saga.
All was relatively quiet over the first two days of the long weekend north of the border. On Saturday ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reported talks continued on Friday and one issue that needs resolution requires a bank note that is unattainable until Tuesday since Canadian banks are closed on Monday.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, Thrashers forward Chris Thorburn shared his frustrations with the FOX affiliate there.
“Just for owners to turn their backs on you, it kind of makes you mad,” he told FOX 5. “Obviously we don’t know every aspect of the deal and where they’re coming from because it hasn’t been publicly noted in the paper, but from everything we’ve heard and rumours we’ve heard, it’s discouraging knowing that they’re not behind us, they’re just trying to dump us.
“That makes a guy mad.”
The Globe and Mail reported Thursday an agreement for True North to purchase the Thrashers was done and a press conference would be held on Tuesday in Winnipeg, but the paper reported a day later the announcement may be delayed as lawyers hammer out the details.