SBD/November 28, 2011/Franchises

Brett Hull Interested In Joining Tom Stillman's Investment Group In Bid For Blues

Hull reportedly could be more than an investor and have a role within Blues
Hockey HOFer Brett Hull "has expressed interest in being part of Tom Stillman's investment group that is seeking to buy" the Blues, according to sources cited by Jeremy Rutherford of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Hull is "not officially part of the group, but his intent has been communicated to the league and to Stillman, who is currently the Blues' minority owner." Sources believe that Hull "has a desire to become more than an investor in Stillman's group, and in fact, could have a role within the organization." Stillman "appears to be watching and waiting to see what happens" with Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer's bid for the franchise. Stillman "has made at least two offers to buy the Blues, but both were rejected." The addition of Hull "would add significant star power to what is already a well-known group of local investors" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 11/27).

WISHING UPON A STAR: The GLOBE & MAIL's Mirtle & Ebner wrote new Stars Owner Tom Gaglardi "has already helped to bring some good vibrations to a market that for years was considered the NHL’s shining success story in the U.S. sunbelt." Step 1 "was to rehire Jim Lites as team president." Step 2 "was reassuring players and fans that Gaglardi would spend enough to win, putting success on the ice and at the gate above the type of bean counting that has hurt the franchise the past few years under troubled former owner Tom Hicks." Gaglardi said, "This isn't a franchise that's never been up. It's been up for most of its existence, and it lost its way in the last three years. ... This market is too good for me not to get involved" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/26).
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