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Published April 29, 2011
STARS SEARCH: Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said that finding the team's new coach "will be slowed by the search for a new owner." Nieuwendyk added that "getting a new owner on board and allowing the owner access to the hiring process makes sense." In Dallas, Mike Heika cites sources as saying that Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi is "in the first days of a 30-day exclusive negotiating window in which his people will try to fashion an offer to purchase the Stars from a group of lenders led by Monarch Investments." If the Stars "can clear the offer through competitors and present it in an organized bankruptcy court, the Stars could be sold by July 1." One source said that Gaglardi's offer will be "significantly more than others put forward" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/29).
LOSING THAT BUZZ: In San Diego, Don Norcross writes the Padres "represented one of baseball’s feel-good stories" last season, but "twenty-five games into 2011, the buzz is long gone." Channel 4 San Diego's telecast of Sunday's Padres-Phillies game "had a lower TV rating locally than a Celtics-Knicks first round NBA playoff game." Attendance at Petco Park is "up over last year after 15 games (27,495 per game compared to 22,985)," but the schedule "has played a major factor in the increase" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 4/29).