The Post-Dispatch is reporting that a purchase agreement has been signed to sell the St. Louis Blues to a group led by minority owner Tom Stillman. (Or, former minority owner, as the case may be.)
It was previously reported that Dave Checketts, who purchased the club in 2005, would not retain any ownership interest should Stillman’s group be successful in its bid.
What this means for the hockey team is unclear. The Blues have been carrying a significant amount of debt, according to Forbes. If debt levels (and accompanying interest payments) are reduced through the sale, it could theoretically mean more money for player salaries.
The Blues have plenty of cap space. Could they be buyers at the trade deadline?
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Wondering if the Leafs’ latest losing ways are something to worry about? Yeah, so are we and so is James Mirtle. (Globe And Mail)
Brad Richards has another reunion with an old team coming up against the Stars and he’s eager to get it on. (ESPN New York)
Jaroslav Spacek said he expected Montreal to trade him. I wonder if Jacques Martin expects to be fired then? (Montreal Gazette)
Dater reports that Paul Stastny will be back in action tonight. They hope the Paul Stastny of old shows up instead of the guy who’s been around lately. (All Things Avs)
Islanders draft pick and current Boston University stand out Corey Trivino is in a lot of trouble after being arrested and kicked off the team. (The Prospect Park)
Blues chairman Dave Checketts might have new duties to fulfill with the team when Matthew Hulsizer buys the team. (Post-Dispatch)
Daniel Alfredsson is still going strong in Ottawa at nearly 40 years-old. (Ottawa Sun)
The Predators’ power play of late is winning friends in Nashville and influencing victory. (Tennessean)
Ryan Kesler going back to the state of Ohio is always a fun thing for him after his days playing hockey at Ohio State. (Canucks)
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I cannot say that Brett Hull is definitively the best St. Louis Blues player ever. In fact, he might not even have been the best of his generation. Yet when I think of the ’90s-era Blues, his blistering one-timer is the first thing that pops into my head. Hull received the statue treatment recently to cement his impact on the past, but Jeremy Rutherford reports that he might make his own imprint on the future by becoming a partial owner.
Hull reportedly expressed interest to become part of Tim Stillman’s group, which hopes to buy the team from Dave Checketts. Stillman is currently a minority owner of the Blues.
Better yet, Hull wants to become involved with the team in a way that goes beyond “investor,” according to Rutherford. (Insert “Ambassador of Fun” joke here.)
Naturally, none of this is official; Rutherford received the usual round of “no comment” answers when he asked Hull & Co. It seemed like Matt Hulsizer was the frontrunner to become the majority owner of the Blues, but this development could throw an interesting bit of intrigue into the situation.
If it’s true, of course. Read more about it here.