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from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
He has found success in a town populated by flamboyant, outrageous sports owners like Jerry Jones and Mark Cuban not just by icing a hockey team that scores oodles of goals in an era in which scoring is being suffocated, but also by being the guy who would probably be playing hockey and definitely watching it even if he didn’t own an NHL franchise.
“I’m not a suit,” he said. “For me, the best way to watch a hockey game is in blue jeans with a suit. I don’t want to be any different than that.”
His ability to breathe new life in this organization has been a godsend to the NHL after it was left as the caretaker of the Stars following the spectacular crash of former owner Tom Hicks. Commissioner Gary Bettman had been able to find a quality businessman like Jeff Vinik to buy the Tampa Bay Lightning, but Dallas — a competitive market with lots of history in the sport — needed something a little different.
From ESPN's Scott Burnside:
Such an interesting experiment unfolding in the state of Texas.
The Stars, once a league power before the introduction of a salary cap and the search for a new owner caused some lean years, are looking to reinvent themselves as a Stanley Cup contender.
Ownership is solid under Tom Gaglardi.
Nill, now in his third season at the helm after apprenticing in Detroit for almost two decades, has one of the league's most explosive teams, with defending scoring champ Jamie Benn (the franchise's first Art Ross Trophy winner), Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.
But after sneaking into the 2013-14 postseason, the Stars could not meet high expectations last season and were plagued by unreliable goaltending and suspect team defense.
Enter Sharp and Chicago Blackhawks teammate Johnny Oduya. The two have five Stanley Cup rings between them. (Well, technically three because both Oduya and Sharp have yet to receive their rings from last June's championship, the third in six years for the dynastic Blackhawks, but expect to later this month in a private ceremony with Chicago officials.)
The additions bring into focus the longstanding question of whether experience is crucial to a team's success.
from the CP at CBC,
The owner of the NHL's Dallas Stars will be sentenced next month for damaging a fish habitat during renovations to his vacation property in Kamloops, B.C.
Tom Gaglardi, who also owns the WHL's Kamloops Blazers, is scheduled to learn his fate on Dec. 12.
Gaglardi and his company, Northland Properties, were each convicted in August of two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat — 2,400 square metres of shoreline area on Kamloops Lake....
Crown lawyer Digby Kier told a sentencing hearing earlier this month that Gaglardi and his company should be ordered to pay a fine of $300,000, the maximum allowed under the law....
Defence lawyer Rob Bruneau has called for a fine in the range of $50,000 to $75,000, saying his client should not be penalized for being wealthy.
from the CP via MetroNews,
A judge has ruled the owner of the NHL’s Dallas Stars and the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League broke federal environmental laws while renovating his waterfront vacation home in Kamloops, B.C.
The charges were laid after Tom Gaglardi and Northland Properties ordered workers to alter the shore of Kamloops Lake while constructing a boat launch. Gaglardi is due back in court on Aug. 21 to set a date for sentencing.
During the trial, former Northland employee Jim Parks said he was ordered to destroy documents and throw a computer hard drive “in the lake” when federal investigators began looking into alleged environmental improprieties at the home....
The maximum penalties for harmful alteration of fish habitat are fines of up to $1 million and or six months in jail.
a bit more...
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars named a new GM, a new coach and added a new No. 1 center. They changed their look, changed their personality and changed their reputation in the NHL in pretty much 12 months.
“The perception is completely changed, and I think that’s both locally and nationally,” Stars president Jim Lites said. “The feeling right now is we’re moving up, and I think at the heart of that process is Tom buying the team and doing what he’s done as an owner.”
Gaglardi said he’s having fun. The Vancouver businessman, whose family owns hotels and restaurants in Canada, is feeling the rhythm of ownership and is excited about the progress this season. He knows that the team can’t be completely turned in one season, but he also knows that this was a giant step forward.
“If you look on the ice, off the ice, it’s just all coming together,” he said. “You go into something like this thinking you can change things and make a difference, but to see it happen is very satisfying. We have a long way to go, but we made some huge steps this year.”
“I don’t think we gain anything by making dramatic changes right now. I think it’s important to measure what we’ve got, and I think we need a good period of time to do that. I don’t think there’s anything to gain from doing anything like that or discussing anything like that, and nothing has been discussed like that. Frankly, that’s not on my mind from where I sit.”
-Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi today at the Stars practice. More from the owner by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.
from Mark Stepneskiof ESPN Dallas,
The Dallas Stars officially have a new owner after a bankruptcy court in Delaware approved the sale of the team to Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi and confirmed the Stars’ prepackaged bankruptcy plan Friday.
The NHL Board of Governors have already approved the sale.
It will be the end to a tough chapter in the franchise’s history, beginning when the Hicks Sports Group ran into financial difficulties, defaulted on $525 million in loans in 2009, put the club up for sale in early 2010 and eventually saw the team run by the league and lenders.
Gaglardi is president of Northland Properties Corporation, which he and his family run. The company owns and operates hotels and restaurants in Canada and employs more than 10,000 people.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
A little more than a decade ago — when the five Canadian NHL franchises not in Toronto were crying for public subsidies — the Dallas Stars were among the NHL’s top revenue-producing teams, consistently near the top in attendance and, with a top-five payroll, a threat to win the Stanley Cup.
In short, they were in the discussion of the league’s richest teams and — as an American mega-market in the Quasi-Sunbelt — a model franchise in Gary Bettman’s vision for the NHL.
That’s, at least, where things stood in the golden years of Stars hockey, and Vancouver-based businessman Tom Gaglardi believes he can restore the franchise’s former glory. To that, we can only say good luck, but there’s one thing you should know about Gaglardi.
He doesn’t discourage easily.
From Eric Morath at the Wall Street Journal:
Chuck Greenberg, who doggedly pursued the Texas Rangers baseball team through a bankruptcy-court auction last year, announced Monday via his attorney that he is eyeing the Stars.
A bidding war between Greenberg and Stars lead bidder Tom Gaglardi could cause the price paid for the team to soar.
Last year, when Greenberg and then-partner Nolan Ryan squared off with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in a bankruptcy-court auction for the Rangers, the price for the baseball team jumped nearly $100 million from the opening bid. Last season’s American League champs, which Greenberg left in March, sold for $593 million.
If a similar scenario played out for the Stars, the team could fetch upwards of $300 million—an impressive price for a National Hockey League team, especially one in a southern market.
Plus, an Open Letter to Dallas Stars fans from President Tony Tavares, stating that a new owner should be in place “within the next 60-75 days.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Lawyers for Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi will be in the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Delaware on Monday to make the next step in the sale of the Dallas Stars.
A judge will hear motions to let the NHL team continue operations and to hold a hearing to establish the bidding procedure and deadlines for the rest of the steps in the sale. Gaglardi filed a bankruptcy plan last week with the court in which he offered to pay about $265-million (all currency U.S.) in total, including a pledge to pay most of the team’s creditors.
However, that pledge does not mean the consortium of banks that holds most of the debt will get paid in full. Outgoing Stars owner Tom Hicks set off the bankruptcy and sale in 2009 when he defaulted on $525-million in loans. Someone close to the sale said the banks are going to take a haircut but are reluctantly going along with Gaglardi’s offer because it is the best one available.
From Mike Heika at Dallas News:
Nieuwendyk said he is in wait-and-see mode on many decisions.
As for the coach search, Nieuwendyk said the front office will get together to form a plan, but that there is a chance that the decision will need to be put on hold until a new owner is in place.
``We are sort of on hold in a lot of different areas because of the ownership situation,’’ said Nieuwendyk. ``We have a plan for the next couple of weeks, but we’ll form our timeline for the coach search at that time. We really haven’t even started yet.’‘
Update 3:08pm ET: From Mike Ozanian at Forbes.com—
Tom Gaglardi has offered to buy the NHL’s Dallas Stars and 50% of American Airlines Center from the bankers who took over the team from Tom Hicks for $100 million of assumed debt, a person familiar with the negotiations told me.
The $100 million could go to $135 million under certain conditions that were not specified to me. I am also told that the creditors would give Gaglardi a fee if he does not get the team. The arena, which is co-owned by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has $200 million of net debt and the Stars, which this person said lost at least $10 million before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization during the 2010-11 season, have $35 of debt.
The $100 million is of course an unrealistically low valuation.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Tom Gaglardi has agreed to a price and most of the terms for buying the Dallas Stars – and if he can steer it through bankruptcy court with the bankers in charge of the sale, the Vancouver businessman will be the NHL team’s new owner.
It is expected Gaglardi, 43, will soon enter an exclusive negotiating period of roughly 30 days to complete the purchase of the NHL team and a 50-per-cent share of American Airlines Center. The last hurdle, according to a source familiar with the sale who requested anonymity because the deal is not official, is taking the Stars through bankruptcy court so Gaglardi will not be hampered by any debts left by current owner Tom Hicks….
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly declined to clarify the situation. He said in an e-mail message Monday the source’s information is “partially true and partially inaccurate. Unfortunately, I’m not in a position to specify which is which.”