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NHL Franchise Notes: Karmanos In No Rush To Sell Canes Stake

Karmanos Says There Is A Lot Of Interest In Hurricanes

In Raleigh, Chip Alexander reports Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos "still is looking to sell part of the team, still looking for new partners." But Karmanos yesterday said that he is "not stressing over it or feeling a time crunch, saying he hoped to have the process completed sometime this fall or early winter." Karmanos: "This isn't a fire sale. Things have gone well. This is the process I anticipated. It's not tough. There's a lot of interest. We've talked to a bunch of people. We're just trying to sort through different issues about ownership." When asked if he is "still seeking to sell 49 percent" of the franchise, Karmanos said, "I will maintain control. It's the right mix of partners that we're working on. Whether I keep 70 percent or 51 percent is not the main concern" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/15).

BROKEN TRUST: In Columbus, Reed & Portzline reported the Blue Jackets have sold 7,700 season-ticket subscriptions this season, down 2,500 or "almost 25 percent from a year ago, a reflection of fan frustration with the club's 14th-place Western Conference finish last season." Season-ticket sales last year "increased for the first time since the 2001-02 season." Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson: "We have to rebuild the trust and prove we are going in the right direction. It's a critical year for us to try to win fans back" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 9/14).

MEN ABOUT TOWN: In Atlanta, Chris Vivlamore notes Thrashers C Jim Slater, LW Eric Boulton, G Ondrej Pavelec and D Boris Valabik yesterday "delivered season tickets around town" as part of "good will missions for the team" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 9/15). Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Rob Rossi noted Penguins Cs Sidney Crosby, Mike Rupp and Max Talbot, RWs Craig Adams and Eric Godard, LWs Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz, Gs Marc-Andre Fleury and Brent Johnson and D Kris Letang Friday delivered season tickets to Penguins fans. The players "made multiple trips to more than 30 houses -- and no two scenes were alike" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 9/11).

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