SBD/September 9, 2010/Franchises

NHL Franchise Notes: Gallacher, Gaglardi Still Interested In Stars

Gillis To Communicate With Fans Via Twitter This Season

In Dallas, Mike Heika reported Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. Chair Bill Gallacher and Vancouver developer Tom Gaglardi "still are the two most interested parties in purchasing the Stars." But the "people who are involved in selling the Stars (Galatioto Sports Partners, the NHL, Tom Hicks, Monarch Investment Group) would like to see if they can draw in more investors." They "would like to get a spirited auction the way they did with the Rangers." Meanwhile, sources confirmed that the Stars are "operating as usual on their internal budget (believed to be near $45 million) and have no cash problems at this time" (, 9/8).

WAITING GAME: In Phoenix, Sanders & Chan reported Glendale City Manager Ed Beasley Tuesday "updated the City Council on progress" with new Coyotes bidder PEAK6 Investments CEO Matthew Hulsizer. Sources said that they "hoped a deal would be reached over the weekend, ready for a formal council vote Sept. 14." But City Council member Manny Martinez confirmed that a preliminary lease agreement between the city and Hulsizer for Arena "would not be prepared by then." Martinez: "Negotiations are ongoing. It won't be finalized between now and then" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 9/8). In Ottawa, Ken Warren wrote the "drama" over LW Ilya Kovalchuk's contract with the Devils did NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman "a favour ... in a twisted way." It "deflected attention away from Bettman's never-ending nightmare -- the instability and uncertainty surrounding the future" of the Coyotes (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 9/8).

FAN OUTREACH: Canucks President & GM Mike Gillis said that he "will begin using Twitter to communicate with fans this season." Gillis said that the team "wants to be engaged via Twitter, and that social media can be used to cultivate young fans." He added that Twitter "means he can communicate directly with the public, minus the traditional media filter that has occasionally frustrated him during two years atop the franchise." Gillis: "Social media is not something that is going to go away, and I think it's a way to get a little bit of a different perspective out there. We'll test it out and see if it works" (GLOBE & MAIL, 9/9).

NEW WARDROBE: noted pictures have been leaked of the Sabres' jerseys for this season, including the team's new "royal blue third jersey." The jersey's "script across the chest was almost certainly inspired by that of the old Buffalo Bisons." The jersey also contains the Sabres' "40th anniversary logo beneath the script mark -- the classic Sabres logo with 19 and 70 inside the blue circle." The team's new road jersey is a "white version of the new home sweater -- formerly the alternate uniform" (, 9/7).

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