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Report: Tom Stillman unanimously approved as new Blues owner

May 8, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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The Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership future is still fuzzy, but another surprise Western Conference upstart’s situation looks almost officially settled. Jeremy Rutherford reports that “a source” reveals that the NHL’s Board of Governors unanimously approved Tom Stillman’s aim to become the majority owner of the St. Louis Blues. Rutherford reports that a deal will be done as expected on Wednesday as a result.

Ownership changes are sometime volatile enough that many don’t feel comfortable until the ink dries, so in case you want something more official, Rutherford reports that a press conference is planned for Thursday.

Front office changes (such as rumors of Brett Hull and maybe even Keith Tkachuk becoming Blues suits) probably won’t happen until things get settled, according to Rutherford.

Much of the speculation from beat writers is that Stillman doesn’t have Terry Pegula-type deep pockets, but let’s face it; the Blues’ everything-by-committee approach might be their best recipe for success – especially since the majority of their team is young. Do you think St. Louis would be wise just to “improve from within” or did the Los Angeles Kings’ sweep indicate that they need more “star” power?

  1. bluesrawesome - May 8, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    It sucks that he don’t have Terry Puguela money but it’s still awesome, it gives this organization a lot more stability. For off season plans bring in Taresenko this guy is may be top 5 in talent out of NHL and may be one of the best prospects and is like the next Ovi or Geno this kid has it all well rounded. I think Schwartz takes 3rd line center role this kid drafted the 2 spots before Tareseko is also the real deal I think this kid could be a amazing #2 center and possibly a #1 center he just needs to add strength and weight because he has hockey sense if you didn’t know he was a rookie you would think he’s been in the NHL for a while. So the forward positions don’t need much change it’s the defense that does. I think we all know about how good Petro is what about the partners he’s had? not good He needs a actual first pairing d man one that doesn’t hold him back but makes him better Sutter please please I think he would make Petro so much better.

    • eggserino - May 9, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      You’re looking for Ryan Suter, right?

      • bluesrawesome - May 9, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        yes

    • mickeyb21 - May 9, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      I am as excited about the possibilities just like every Blues fan, but I would hold off on the expectations of Schwartz and Tarasenko for next year. I think they will be great in years to come, but there is a reason Schwartz did not play in the playoffs and Tarasenko is not yet playing in the worlds. I think there are many reasons to be excited, but don’t put top 5 expectations on the guy for next year.

      I also agree that the Blues need a better partner for Pietrangelo. While Suter would be awesome, everyone wants him this year. Hopefully there are still some good D-men out there that are better than what the Blues had this year, which shouldn’t be too difficult.

  2. rainyday56 - May 9, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    First order of business, fire Hitch, ask Aquilini permission to talk to Vigneault.

    • eggserino - May 9, 2012 at 8:35 AM

      Why would the Blues want Vigneault? Because they want a coach that can guide a really expensive lineup into the playoffs where they inevitably get beat? We already had that with Quenneville…

      • rainyday56 - May 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

        For some reason Vigneault seems like a fit with the Blues. Maybe because he played there? Maybe because he talked Nonis into sending an offer sheet to Backes. I don’t know.

      • rainyday56 - May 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Vigneault could bring Aaron Rome to shore up the defence. (I’m screwing with you guys now.) ;)

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      that comment is why you’re NOT a team owner. Hitch has been a fantastic coach this season, even with taking a couple years off and having coach rust to deal with. no one else other than Sutter could’ve turned this team around the way Hitch did.

      i am THRILLED the Blues are owned by a local group again, our future is so bright we gotta wear shades!

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