Winnipeg's Jets just might be flying high once again.
It is being reported the Winnipeg-based True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE) has come to an agreement with the Atlanta Thrashers ownership to sell the team and move it north of ther border.
The American Hockey League's Manitoba Moose' MTS Centre would be home ice for the team. The Moose are also owned and operated by TNSE.
It's been 15 years since the Jets soared out of town to become the Phoenix Coyotes and the announcement will send fans, and most Canadians, into a frenzy.
It's funny how all it took was a bit of sensibility to allow "Make it Seven" to come to fruition. Now those attempting to "Make it Eight", I'm looking at you Quebec City, should take note on how to get the job done. Don't jump to the conclusion you've got the team and start selling tickets. Do step up with the right presentation and show the hockey world you mean business if it is ready to start again in a new/old city.
TNSE had originally set its eyes on the Phoenix Coyotes, but after that fell through with the city of Glendale offering up another $25 million to the NHL to cover losses and allow the team to stick around for at least one more season, the focus was quickly moved to the struggling Thrashers. Many feel this was TNSE's main target all along, with the team getting no new support (or old for that matter) to keep the team in Atlanta, but played out the Phoenix front to not burn any bridges and make them look completely desperate.
While Phoenix would have been the better team to put on the ice immediately, if the deal goes through Winnipeg will have a solid base going forward and shouldn't have an issue battling for a playoff spot next year, or over the new few years as they have compiled some decent draft picks due to skipping out on the playoffs for the past few seasons.
Nevermind that. The important news is if everything goes right over the next few days, Winnipeg fans will be able to pull out their white towels and wave them high once again.