In welcome news, the Blues’ ownership question mark is about to be resolved. David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail is reporting that prospective owner Tom Stillman has his paperwork in order and ducks in a row, and is just waiting for the right time to make a purchase announcement. if the Blues keep playing like they are now, it could be as soon as next week.
Stillman has been actively perusing ownership of the Blues (along with the Peoria Rivermen, Peabody Opera House, and the lease on the Scottrade Center) since early January, when Matthew Hulsizer’s deal to purchase the team fell through. Shoalts mentions that this is perfect timing for the sale, considering that the financial situation under current owner Dave Checketts necessitates the NHL to pay the team’s bills, probably, as Shoalts speculates, via advances on the team’s share of league revenues.
NHL Deputy Commissioner promptly denied all of this, which is apparently his job considering how much he denied that the Atlanta Thrashers were going to be sold to True North Sports and Entertainment. If Daly denies it, it’s probably true.