Posted by Scott Burnside

PITTSBURGH -- With the NHL embroiled in bankruptcy court in Phoenix over the future of the Coyotes, there are spin-off stories, or at least spin-off rumors, involving the Atlanta Thrashers.

Sources have told ESPN.com that a number of groups, including one from Winnipeg, have explored the potential of buying the Thrashers and moving them out of Atlanta.

However, the reality of the situation is that there are a number of factors that likely mean the team will remain in Atlanta for the foreseeable future.

Much of the speculation stems from the fact that the ownership group, Atlanta Spirit, is nearing the end of a long court battle with former partner Steve Belkin and will have to pay a significant amount to finally disentangle the ownership situation.

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