May 8, 2012
NHL notes: Blues on verge of being sold
By QMI Agency
Another NHL team appears on the verge of being sold.
A day after the Phoenix Coyotes ownership issue was theoretically resolved, with Greg Jamison agreeing in principle of buy the team, word has come down that a group led by Tom Stillman will close his deal to purchase the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The group led by Stillman, the Blues' minority owner since 2007, will reportedly pay $130 million for the NHL franchise and its AHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
Absentee owner Dave Checketts has been trying to sell the team for the last two years, ever since private-equity firm TCP divested its 70% interest. The had a deal to sell the franchise to Matthew Hulsizer but the league ruled in January that the agreement had been terminated after a dealine to complete the deal was missed.
If Stillman gets approval from the NHL board of governors to buy the Blues, Hall of Famer Brett Hull is expected to be hired in a management role. Hull, who was general manager of the Dallas Stars for parts of two seasons, played 12 years for the Blues.
SENS LOSE KLEINENDORST
Kurt Kleinendorst has resigned as coach of the Ottawa Senators' AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
Sources told QMI Agency that Kleinendorst, 50, who missed the playoffs this spring with a young team, turned down several offers of a contract extension from the Senators. He will let his deal expire on June 30.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray confirmed Kleinendorst's resignation and wished him well.
"Kurt is an excellent coach and did a great job for us in his two years behind the bench with Binghamton," Murray said in a statement. "In terms of his future, Kurt has made the decision to look at other options outside of the Senators organization."
Assistant coach Steve Stirling is among the candidates to replace Kleinendorst.
Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Mattias Ohlund told a Swedish newspaper his career might be over.
Ohlund had major surgery on his left knee in February -- doctors resurfaced the bottom of his femur with titanium to create a cushion where cartilage is normally found -- and admitted Tuesday that he's not sure if he will be able to play again.
"The doctors can not guarantee that it holds up for hockey at the top level," Ohlund told Expressen. "I can do normal stuff and walk without crutches or other aids. I'm going to try and see if I can play again."
Even if Ohlund, 35, is able to play again, it will take plenty of time. He missed the entire 2011-12 season after having arthroscopic surgery on both knees and in February required another operation on his left.