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ANNOUNCEMENT ON NORDIQUES COMING THIS WEEK?
Published May 22, 1995
Reports on an announcement on the possible move of the Nordiques to Denver varied this weekend. The ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS reported Saturday that Comsat Video Enterprises had informed the Denver city attorney's office on Friday that it "hopes to make an announcement" about the purchase of the Nordiques as soon as Monday (ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 5/20). However, the ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS' Curtis Eichelberger wrote yesterday that "it's becoming more apparent [Nordiques Owner Marcel Aubut] intends to continue negotiations for the sale of his team a while longer." Nordiques Dir of Media Relations Jean Martineau said that "it would be impossible for Comsat to have an announcement ready by Monday, and negotiations could continue as late as June 1" (Curtis Eichelberger, ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, 5/21). In Toronto, David Roberts reports that Aubut is "holding out for a long-term consulting contract" as part of a deal to sell the club to Comsat and move it to Denver (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 5/22). ONE WAY OR ANOTHER: "If Denver doesn't land the [Nordiques] or any other existing NHL franchise in the next few weeks, the city will be awarded an expansion franchise at league meetings in July," according to Adrian Dater of the DENVER POST. An NHL source said that the league will award two franchises this summer, one to Denver and Atlanta. And, "they won't meet any resistance at all from the league's governors." Another league source confirmed the league's plans and said they first "want to solve the Winnipeg and Quebec situations" (DENVER POST, 5/21).