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Stillman's MillerCoors Ties Should Not Affect A-B's Sponsorship Of Blues
Published May 14, 2012
GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS: A ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH editorial stated Stillman's ownership group "gives the Blues more corporate clout than they've had since the late R. Hal Dean, then-chairman of Ralston Purina, talked his board into buying the floundering team as a 'civic duty'" in '77. The Blues' new owners are "people you'd expect at a St. Louis Country Club soirée, not a hockey game. Perhaps bridging that gap is just what the Blues need" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/13). In St. Louis, Jeremy Rutherford noted curiosity in the ownership group's "planned financial commitment to a team coming off a 109-point season and a trip to the Western Conference semifinals is at the forefront of fan interest." Stillman said, "I’m not going to be somebody that comes in here and starts giving my judgment on players and who we should go after and what we should do. I know that I don’t have that expertise, and I’ll be relying on the hockey people." But Rutherford noted Stillman "has yet to announce the makeup of his 'hockey people.'" The current front office group "could be reshaped when the team makes the anticipated addition of former Blues star Brett Hull to the staff" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/13).