With the Thrashers' future on very shaky ground in Atlanta, a local legend might be stepping in to help.
Tom Glavine is interested in putting together a group to buy the fledgling franchise, telling an Atlanta radio station he hopes to organize a group to purchase the team, but he "makes no promises."
It's been a nasty ownership situation in Atlanta, both with the Thrashers and the Hawks. There was a rift among the ownership partners that spiraled into an ugly situation upon the transfer to new owners, Atlanta Spirit LLC. With all that, the Thrashers look close to skipping town.
It's well-chronicled that Glavine was an excellent hockey player before deciding to go with baseball as his pro choice. Many thought he made the wrong decision, but it seemed to work out pretty well. The longtime star for the Braves (and Mets) was drafted out of high school by the Kings.
Since retiring from baseball, he has been a season ticket holder for the Thrashers and coaches his son's hockey team.
Indications are Glavine wouldn't be able to foot the entire bill (around $80 million to $100 million), so he'd need some fellow investors to join in. But at this point for the hockey fans in Atlanta, this is excellent news. The fact the team has been losing money hand over fist and somebody is still interested in buying the team to keep it in town is great. Just makes it better it's coming from a local favorite.
Forbes valued the Thrashers 29th out of 30 teams in the NHL.
-- Brian Stubits