After Forbes Magazine reported that a sale of the Dallas Stars was close yesterday, many reporters around the National Hockey League, and in particularly Mike Heika with the Dallas Morning News, weren't able to confirm or deny anything big or this huge puzzle that is the Dallas Stars Sale and who is ultimately going to own this team for the 2010-2011 season which gets underway on October 8 against the New Jersey Devils.
To me, if we don't hear a report of a new owner by the start of Training Camp when the Stars head to Charlottentown, PEI on September 17, then were going to get some angst as fans will want to see a new ownership by the start of the season or at least in the early part of the season so he can get used to his surroundings and have the ability to have the flexibility to sign current contracts, have the ability to trade, cut or add players to make the team more competitive and get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
If this turns into a dejavu like the Texas Rangers did until recently, the results will be a lot worse then with the Rangers. With sagging ratings the last 2 years, only a handful of sell out crowds when teams like Detroit when they invade the AAC (Which they will on October 14 for the Stars Home Opener).
Even if the new owner doesn't throw a lot of money to start out, getting players signed like Brad Richards and Loui Eriksson are important to make sure they stay with the Stars for the long term and to continue the youth movement the team is doing, and maybe get the ability to get some veteran leadership and ability to help out players like Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and James Neal as these guys grow and mature to become the next big forward trio to build around for the Stars.
Some of the major issues outside the Stars themselves include the 5 Dr. Pepper Starcenters, some of the property around the Ballpark in Arlington, and perhaps the trickiest part of all this could include the Cedar Park Center (Home of the Texas Stars) which is a separate entity.
So was this possibly some of the reasons why the price went up to nearly $300 Million after many thought that the team would go around $225 Million Dollars earlier this month. We will have to wait and see, it will be interesting to see which parts will go and what will stay with Hicks. I would not be surprised to see these groups involved, the Dr. Pepper Starcenters have been huge towards growing the sport of hockey in the D/FW Area. My prediction is that these properties will bring up the amount that whoever owns the team will play a major factor in all this.
And with the success of the Texas Stars seeing them to the Calder Cup Championship and with a strong future it's looking like they would be a lot of interest from just about anyone who's looking at buying the Dallas Stars.
So it sounds like a second false alarm after a report by Ken Campbell that was reported earlier this month that had to be taken out. So for now, were back into the unknown about who will be the owner of the Dallas Stars this season. But something better happen soon, or your going to start seeing a lot of angry and frustrated Stars Fans that could be trapped into a Texas Rangers Type Situation.
We need to have an owner in place so he can be ready to make any important roster moves needed to come around.
The other major role could be the creditors, after the Rangers sale, hopefully that part will be done with. If not, then the creditors will be just plain greedy and will trap the Stars into a bad situation that would see them possibly miss the playoffs for the 3rd straight year.
Mike Heika can't confirm anything on Stars Ownership
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