I believe the sale of the #Sens is a three-horse race between Toronto billionaires Steve Apostolopoulos, Jeffrey and Michael Kimel and Michael Andlauer. Am told that Neko Sparks group is still trying to raise funds. It’s getting late in the game for that. https://t.co/l4M1aLQfZP
– Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) May 24, 2023
However, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel in one of sports’ most high-profile sales. According to Bruce Garrioch, the wait for the new owner is now in the extension period. Let’s hope it doesn’t take four extension periods…
According to Garrioch, the race is between Toronto billionaires Steve Apostolopoulos, brothers Jeffrey and Michael Kimel and Michael Andlauer, one of the Canadiens’ minority owners and owner of the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
Neko Sparks, an entrepreneur from Los Angeles, is currently trying to raise funds to acquire the Senators as well. We don’t know how many investors there are in total, but Snoop is on the list, as we know. James Neal, Grant Fuhr, Georges Laraque and Trevor Daley are also said to be among the investors. It’s getting late in the game, though. And the NHL would prioritize a single owner. We have good reason to believe that it’s all over for this group.
On the 32 thoughts podcast, Elliotte Friedman said he wouldn’t be surprised if it was Apostolopoulos who broke the billion-dollar barrier with his bid. The businessman is not afraid to be aggressive in buying professional teams. A few months ago, he even made a $6 billion offer to acquire the Washington Commanders in the NFL.
As for Andlauer, he’s been in the running since the beginning of the sales process. He seems highly motivated to acquire an NHL team.
Note that the next Senators owner, regardless of the offer and circumstances, will not own the team 100%. The daughters of Eugene Melnyk, the club’s former owner, want to keep 10% of the team.
– Good joke.
Jamie Benn talks about an unfortunate incident. That he put his team in a difficult situation and that he needs to be more responsible with his stick.
Then he adds that he wishes he hadn’t run into Stone. That he used his stick as leverage…
– Patrick Friolet (@PFrioletRDS) May 24, 2023
– Bill Zito? Really?
Boston Bruins Don Sweeney is a finalist for NHL General Manager of the year. pic.twitter.com/n9zNaGjdll
– Shawn Hutcheon (@ShawnHutcheon) May 24, 2023
– The Flames could be interested in Peter Laviolette.
Friedman writes in 32T that he thinks the Flames will at least reach out to Peter Laviolette to gauge his interest level for their head coaching position.
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) May 24, 2023
– New team for the former CH.
– SwissHabs (@SwissHabs) May 24, 2023