This afternoon, the NHL board of governors approved the sale and move of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg.¬†All that’s left is for the cheque to clear, and that should happen tomorrow.

One pleasing sign of the sixth seventh Canadian team’s reality is the arrival of the still-unnamed team’s official Web page on NHL.com. Yup, almost brings a tear to this old guy’s eye.

Now all they have to do is name the team the Winnipeg Jets (none of this “Manitoba” nonsense, please!) and I’ll buy a jersey and even consider switching my longstanding allegiance away from my lovable, loseable Columbus Blue Jackets. Jackets. Sigh! <3