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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
St. Louis Blues owner Tom Stillman initially thought a friend was playing a joke on him, but he knew that couldn't be the case because the name and number that came up on his phone was one that he had saved in his contacts folder.
The Great One was indeed calling the new owner of the Blues to invite him to be his guest at the 11th annual Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp.
"It's maybe the most surreal experience I've had since I got involved with the Blues," Stillman told NHL.com Tuesday morning before playing in his first game at the Fantasy Camp. "Really, I can remember times when people used to leave phone messages for me saying it was Wayne Gretzky, ha ha, but it was him and he was asking me to come to the event, saying that they were planning to wear Blues uniforms this year so they'd like me to come.
"When the Great One calls, what are you going to do? You're going to go. This is the hockey fantasy camp of fantasy camps."
from Jeremy Rutherord of the St, Louis Post-Dispatch,
Tom Stillman has been owner of the Blues for less than two months, but he acknowledges that the astronomical increase creates issues for his club, which under previous ownership had the eighth-lowest payroll in the league ($54.9 million) last season.
“As the cap keeps going up, it makes it more difficult for a mid-market team to be competitive —that’s kind of stating the obvious,” Stillman said. “You have the revenues of a minority of the markets — the larger markets that are pulling that up because their revenue bases are so large — and yet we’re all subject to that same structure. It just makes it harder for a mid-market team to compete with the Torontos and the Montreals and the Philadelphias.
“I don’t see us being a cap team any time soon, but we definitely can compete — if I thought we couldn’t put a contending team on the ice, I wouldn’t have done this.”
But Sunday, the first day of NHL free agency, will bring the single strongest reminder of the separation between the large markets and the rest of the league. It’s an already thin field of blockbuster free agents this year, but if New Jersey forward Zach Parise and Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter reach unrestricted free-agent status Sunday as expected, one can see several deep-pocket franchises being among the first in line to make a face-to-face pitch for their services.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
A group led by Blues minority owner Tom Stillman has signed a purchase agreement to buy the club, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.
The Blues and Stillman must now complete the sale and have it approved by the NHL, a process that could take several weeks. The league’s Board of Governors will meet Jan. 28 in Ottawa during the all-star festivities, but it’s expected that only an update on the Blues’ situation would be discusssed, not a vote.
The step of Stillman’s group signing a purchase agreement comes 2 1/2 weeks after the NHL terminated a purchase agreement between the Blues and Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer. The league then granted Stillman an exclusive negotiating window, leading to today’s news of a signed purchase agreement.
The price of the package, which includes the Blues, the team’s top minor-league affiliate in Peoria, Ill., the Scottrade Center lease and significant interest in the Peabody Opera House, is expected to be approximately $130-135 million.