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So, um, out of curiosity what was the actual timeline on Atlanta-to-Winnipeg again?

(basically trying to figure out if the fact that the comparative radio silence we have here means that a move is coming, but the NHL is trying to finalize everything.)

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Thrashers sale happened end May/early June 2011 and announced immediate relocation. There's kept the Jets in the southeast division for that immediate season and possibly the next if I recall. I wouldn't think a movie east would happen now, but a move west would be possible as divisions could remain the same.

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Because we need another weird twist, it appears that Joyce Clark of all people has some good stuff:

http://joyceclarkunfiltered.com/how-much-risk/

I am quite unhappy with the alleged actions of former city attorney Craig Tindall. When city council originally hired him I was quite pleased. He appeared to be competent and articulate. In 2011 I began to hear rumors that he was supportive of an outside group interested in buying the Coyotes. Back then no one could or would tell me who the group was. Reading the emails between him and Anthony LeBlanc, one of the current Coyotes owners, I was unaware of their obviously close relationship dating back to at least 2010. Little did anyone know they were meeting at their “usual starbucks.” It is now very difficult to accept the current parsing of words in an effort to minimize Tindall’s involvement in negotiating the IceArizona contract. It appears he was involved up to his lips.

It made me recall an incident at the end of 2012. The city was in the process of negotiation with a Coyotes team purchaser, Greg Jamison. I called Mr. Tindall with some technical questions about the deal. Cryptically, at the end of our telephonic conversation he remarked that if the Jamison deal didn’t make there was another group waiting in the wings. When I asked who, he refused to respond. In hindsight it now makes perfect sense but it raises more questions for me. I remember Interim City Manager Horatio Skeete telling me that Tindall appeared to be stalling and would hold Jamison documents on his desk for days. Skeete would make repeated requests for them which eventually would be fulfilled. Did Tindall deliberately sabotage the Jamison deal in an attempt to make available the opportunity for LeBlanc, et. al.? I honestly don’t know. You will have to decide for yourselves.

Tindall’s seeming self dealing is quite disappointing. As far back as April of 2010 in an email exchange between Daryl Jones of Ice Edge (precursor to IceArizona) Jones says they enjoyed working with Tindall and Tindall responds with “Now that’s an offer.” Was that Tindall’s subtle signal that he was angling for a job with them? Who knows? You decide. Or what about Tindall’s March, 2011, email exchange with LeBlanc urging LeBlanc to take a look at investing in a local medical device company? That action would seem to reinforce the notion that they had a close relationship. Or how about LeBlanc’s asking Tindall in October of 2011 if it was time to have a “confidential chat with Ed” (Beasley) as well as an email exchange between Tindall and LeBlanc about LeBlanc’s May, 2010 meeting with Steve E(llman)? What were these all about? We now know that LeBlanc wanted to buy the Coyotes even before the Jamison offer. We now know through more emails of Tindall’s effort to break a roadblock on July 26, 2013 (after the contract is approved) regarding the city’s paying IceArizona’s lenders directly? He emailed the newly hired City Manager (now former City Manager) Brenda Fischer apparently asserting that it was a simple administrative matter and appears to be urging her to take action.

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Thrashers sale happened end May/early June 2011 and announced immediate relocation. There's kept the Jets in the southeast division for that immediate season and possibly the next if I recall. I wouldn't think a movie east would happen now, but a move west would be possible as divisions could remain the same.

Yeah, that's the public timeline, but when was the deal actually worked out? I thought the Thrashers were basically gone earlier than that, even if it was only the stuff of whispers and rumors.

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Tangentially related, Bridgeview cements its position as Soccer Glendale:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150623/NEWS07/150629960/chicago-fires-money-losing-arena-means-bridgeview-taxpayers-cover-the-tab?X-IgnoreUserAgent=1

The city called the stadium an "economic anchor" when they pitched it to residents. Whoops, turns out they were right!

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Maybe Bridgeview was a crappy place for a soccer stadium. I spent my early childhood memorizing maps and I still don't entirely remember where Bridgeview is. I think it's by Midway, but that's not very specific. Maybe the Fire should have stayed at crappy Soldier Field.

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Maybe Bridgeview was a crappy place for a soccer stadium. I spent my early childhood memorizing maps and I still don't entirely remember where Bridgeview is. I think it's by Midway, but that's not very specific. Maybe the Fire should have stayed at crappy Soldier Field.

I spent three nights in Bridgeview, and I still don't know where it is. Thank goodness my GPS did....

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Maybe Bridgeview was a crappy place for a soccer stadium. I spent my early childhood memorizing maps and I still don't entirely remember where Bridgeview is. I think it's by Midway, but that's not very specific. Maybe the Fire should have stayed at crappy Soldier Field.

I spent three nights in Bridgeview, and I still don't know where it is. Thank goodness my GPS did....

From checking The Sweet Workaround To Not Using Crappy New Google Maps For Which You Should Thank Me, it appears that Bridgeview city limits go from roughly 68th to 103rd, but not very far across. The inner southwest suburbs have always been especially mysterious to me. I mean, Worth, Bedford Park, Bridgeview, I know these are places that exist, but in a bonus round of Where in Chicagoland Is Carmen Sandiego?, I wouldn't have a prayer.

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Bedford Park is the industrial parks flanking Cicero Avenue once you're south of the Midway Airport hotels. I don't even know if anyone lives there. It might be just a couple hundred alleged residents, like McCook or Forest View.

Worth is pretty much West Alsip, in every sense.

Also, tough luck: you got Kane County for your bonus round. Good luck winning your vacation to Thornton now.

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