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GETTIN' A BUY WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM THEIR FRIENDS?
Published December 11, 1997
With no local offers to purchase the NHL Oilers on the table, the Alberta Treasury Branches (ATB) plan to ask the NHL "to help it find an out-of-town buyer for the team," according to Jac MacDonald of the EDMONTON JOURNAL. The 20- day deadline the ATB gave local buyers to make an offer for the team expires tonight. While one local group has held talks with NHL officials about the team, "so far it has not made a formal offer." ATB spokesperson Darlene Dickinson said the bank needs a "firm, viable offer on the table" before it would consider extending today's deadline, otherwise, she said, "we will work with the [NHL] to find an outside buyer" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 12/11). In Edmonton, Bernard Pilon reports that one "rumored suitor" is Paul Allen, who is "mildly interested in acquiring" an NHL team for his Rose Garden arena (EDMONTON SUN, 12/11).