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Bettman says Devils’ finances are stable

Jun 28, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

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While the New Jersey Devils prepare to host the NHL Draft on Sunday, questions about their financial stability continue to come up. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, however, isn’t worried about the team at all.

After yesterday’s Board of Governors meeting wrapped up, Bettman was asked his thoughts on the Devils’ situation and, as Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice shares, he’s actually optimistic about their future.

Contrary to reports last week, Bettman told The Record after today’s Board of Governors meeting in Manhattan that the Devils’ finances are “stable and we remain optimistic about the future of the franchise.”

The Devils have been dealing with these questions for some time now and owner Jeff Vanderbeek has been seeking new partners to help lighten the financial load on him. With the Devils headed into free agency and hoping to re-sign Patrik Elias and David Clarkson, their money worries may come up big.

  1. lesleyvissersfacelift - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    Bettman’s comments are worthless considering what he has ben saying throughout the Coyotes debacle.

  2. mrminkus - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Q: When do you know that Gary is lying?
    A: When his lips are moving.

  3. barroomhero80 - Jun 28, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Bettman is the devil

  4. credible316 - Jun 28, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    About as stable as the Coyotes franchise staying in Arizona.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Nope, it’s completely different. The Devils sell out a large majority of their games and have a solid fanbase, the owner however, is going through some tough times and is finding someone (not the NHL) to just give him some extra cash. They’ll be able to spend to the cap this year.

  5. 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    If their finances are stable, why are they trying to sell the team to Andrew Barroway, who already loaned them $30 million to help deal with their crippling debt?

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 28, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Not the team, the owner. He’s the one who has money problems. The team is stable. He just wants to borrow some money so he can spend to the cap this year.

      • 19to77 - Jun 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        Ah, okay. Makes sense then.

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