It appears as if Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi will finally get to own an NHL team. Via Mike Heika at the Dallas Morning News, the league has confirmed there were no new bidders for the bankrupt Stars over the weekend.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly outlined the next steps in a statement.
“Now that the bidding deadline has been reached, we will continue our due diligence process and will proceed with the Board’s ownership transaction review process,” Daly said. “We also will work with the courts in the continued hope of bringing this matter to a successful and expeditious resolution.”
The next big date in the proceedings is Nov. 23, when a Delaware bankruptcy court could approve the sale.
This isn’t Gaglardi’s first attempt at owning an NHL franchise. In 2003, he teamed up with Vancouver businessmen Ryan Beedie and Francesco Aquilini in hopes of purchasing the Canucks. Aquilini eventually purchased a half stake in the team, leaving Gaglardi and Beedie on the sidelines.
If Gaglardi is successful in his bid for the Stars (and it appears he will be), it will be interesting to see how he runs the team. Will it be for business or ego? Because you know he’d love to get his revenge by winning the Stanley Cup before the Canucks do.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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