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Brett Hull wants to own a part of the Blues

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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.

City of Glendale is ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Coyotes being sold by end of 2011

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The Phoenix Coyotes and the City of Glendale’s ownership saga has been full of so many low moments and false beacons of hope that it’s understandable that many people might be jaded about the situation at this point. That being said, the two sides found a new light at the end of the tunnel in former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison, whose offer reportedly wouldn’t even require the use of bonds – the main sticking point that drove Matt Hulsizer’s potential deal into the ground.

In fact, positivity is rising to the point that some Glendale officials brought up the seemingly far-flung idea of the Coyotes being sold to Jamison’s group or one other mystery ownership group before the end of 2011. Of course, the key phrase from Lisa Halverstadt’s report is that “they are cautiously optimistic.” If you’ve followed this situation during the last few years, you’re probably aware that the situation can turn on a dime – the hope here is that it makes a rare pivot toward the good side of things, though.

It’s important to note that there are still some significant area politicians who haven’t even seen Jamison’s offer and the exact terms (i.e. the amount offer) have not been disclosed yet either.

Council members, who returned last week after summer break, say they are heartened by the progress. Manny Martinez and Joyce Clark, who spoke with The Republic, are hopeful that a deal could close before the end of the year.

Vice Mayor Steve Frate said he was happy to hear about potential owners who see a promising future for the Coyotes.

“They are two entities that believe this business franchise, if run properly, is a good investment,” he said.

Council members Norma Alvarez and Phil Lieberman did not attend the latest closed-door briefing and said they needed to see proposals before they could support them.

So, again, it’s important to note that the team and city have a long way to go from “cautiously optimistic” to pouring champagne over each others’ heads after the ink dries on a new agreement. That being said, there have been many bleak moments in this situation, so you cannot fault Glendale officials for seeming a bit giddy with the idea of a legitimate suitor coming along.

As always, we’ll let you know the latest details as the next twists and turns take place.

Today marks the deadline for St. Louis Blues’ ownership bids

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There are a handful of NHL teams hoping to find a new owner in the near future, but the St. Louis Blues’ situation hasn’t received a whole lot of attention. That makes sense, too, because the perception is that the process could be much smoother than the headache-inducing struggles suffered by the Phoenix Coyotes of the world – at least relatively speaking. Of course, just because something should be simple doesn’t mean that everything will flow like smooth jazz.

With that always-lingering potential for chaos in mind, we’ll be keeping an eye on news about the Blues’ ownership situation. Today will be a good day to do so, because August 22 marks the deadline for hopeful new ownership groups to submit their bids to purchase the club from current owner Dave Checketts. The hope is that the Blues can get a prospective owner in place for approval by September 20 – the latest round of the NHL’s Board of Governors meetings – but that remains to be seen.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford reports that former potential Coyotes owner Matt Hulsizer and current Blues minority owner Tom Stillman are among the most prominent candidates bidding for the Blues. Rutherford focused on noted (and deep-pocketed) hockey enthusiast Hulsizer in his story on the bidding.

Hulsizer, however, never lost his love for hockey, and two months after pulling out of a complicated deal to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, he could be joining “the club” in St. Louis. According to sources, Hulsizer has already made one offer to buy the club, and although it was unsuccessful, he remains interested.

A relative unknown in NHL circles two years ago, Hulsizer would be a slam-dunk to gain NHL approval. In December 2010, the league’s 10-member Board of Governors’ executive committee unanimously approved his application to buy the Coyotes.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly labeled the group’s conversations with Hulsizer as “a very good interview.”

Not many details about other potential owners have surfaced at this time, but the Blues are a team in a respectable market and with a lengthy history in the NHL. From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like the Blues are one of the healthiest teams that have gone up for a sale in quite some time, with strengths that make them comparable to the recently sold Buffalo Sabres.

Rutherford points out that it’s possible that the team will receive offers after today’s deadline anyway, so it’s a fluid situation. We’ll keep an eye out for details on this still-developing story, whether a frontrunner emerges today, later this week or some other time in the near future.