- The Globe and Mail: Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg
- St. Paul Pioneer Press: Minnesota Wild could be heading back to 'Norris'
Wild fans should pay close attention to the Atlanta Thrashers' situation. That team could wind up in Winnipeg as early as next season. If that should happen, one of the contingency plans being discussed behind closed doors is a shifting of three teams to different divisions:There's quite a bit of scuttlebutt that these articles jumped the gun. I'm in no position to judge. Take it all for what it's worth. And cross your fingers.
The new Winnipeg team moves to the Northwest. The Columbus Blue Jackets slide into Atlanta's old spot in the Southeast. And the Wild replace Columbus in the Central.
At first glance, it appears as if Nashville is the Central Division team best suited to move to the Southeast. But unlike Nashville, Columbus is in the Eastern Time Zone, the same as the other Southeast teams. That's a big deal in terms of TV schedules and travel.
Of course, everything is subject to change. But this particular scenario makes so much sense that, according to a couple of people with knowledge of the situation, even the league sees it.