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Tom Stillman Reportedly Signs Purchase Agreement To Buy Blues
Published January 20, 2012
HOLDING PATTERN WITH COYOTES: The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek reported NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman attended Wednesday's Coyotes-Ducks game and "spent part of the day briefing" Coyotes GM Don Maloney on the "sale/no sale of the franchise, which continues to operate under NHL control." Bettman indicated "nothing is imminent" regarding a sale. He said, “At some point, if we can’t get it resolved for next season, we’ll have to consider our alternatives - but that’s not new news” (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/19). Bettman Thursday said on his weekly Sirius XM radio show said, “Nothing new to report. It remains a work in progress. I know people would be anxious to have me say, ‘This is the timetable. We’re done.’ We still have time. We’re still working on it and we still remain optimistic.” Bettman added that in the “absence of a purchaser, I don’t think the city is prepared to continue what it’s doing.” He said, “From our standpoint, despite all of our best efforts, if we can’t get it done … we may need to consider alternatives” (“The NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman,” NHL Radio, 1/19).