ATLANTA — Thrashers president Don Waddell understands that local NHL fans want to know something definite about the team’s future in Atlanta. A few minutes after his team missed the playoffs for the 10th time in their 11-year history, Waddell, the Thrashers’ general manager from 1999-2010, says the search for new ownership is nowhere near over. “It’s been a work in progress,” Waddell said. “We’re certainly going to continue to move forward and do everything possible to keep this team in Atlanta.” The Atlanta Spirit, a group that owns the Thrashers, NBA Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, has sought to sell the NHL franchise for several years and claims the hockey club has lost over US$150 million since 2005. “We’ve had lots of people interested,” Waddell said. “We’ve had a couple of people move to the next step. Nothing is close at all.”
Team captain Andrew Ladd wants new ownership to keep the club in Atlanta.
• Women’s basketball: North Star League playoff games at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m., Hunting Hills.
• Men’s ball hockey: Just Cuts/Minit Lube vs. Raiders, Boston Pizza vs. Little Caesar’s, 9:30 p.m., Kin City.