Skip to content

Report: Florida Panthers on verge of being sold

Sep 18, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

panthers20

Could the NHL soon be welcoming another new ownership group?

Not long after the Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils were sold, the Florida Panthers are reportedly on the verge of changing owners, according to the New York Post.

Citing “two sources close to the situation,” the Post said the prospective buyers are from New York, but was unable to confirm identities.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald claims the individual is Virtu Financial CEO Vince Viola, a New York-based businessman who was once a minority owner of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets.

Sportsnet’s John Shannon said he’s “hearing” the Panthers — whose current majority owner is Cliff Viner — are on the verge of being sold, adding there were two serious bidders for the team.

George Richards of the Miami Herald believes the club will remain in Sunrise, citing the NHL’s desire to make hockey work in the Miami-area market.

Related: How the Panthers make money despite, er, losing money

Latest Posts
  1. Versteeg misses Kane

    Mar 31, 2015, 5:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Chicago Blackhawks Toronto Maple Leafs v Chicago Blackhawks

    Blackhawks duo “had a good thing going.”

  2. Pressure’s on the Jets, who don’t want to blow it now

    Mar 31, 2015, 3:38 PM EDT

    Minnesota Wild v Winnipeg Jets Getty Images

    Could really use a win tonight versus the Rangers.

  3. Despite trend of visitors winning Game 7, Laviolette wants home ice for Preds

    Mar 31, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT

    Peter Laviolette AP

    “I can speak from experience that home ice matters.”

  4. Goalie nods: Hamburglar goes for Ottawa

    Mar 31, 2015, 2:13 PM EDT

    Andrew Hammond Andrew Hammond

    News and notes from around the crease…

  5. Report: BC standout Matheson to sign with Panthers, forgo senior year

    Mar 31, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT

    Frozen Fenway 2014: Notre Dame v Boston College Getty Images

    He was Florida’s first-round pick (23rd overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

  6. Report: Warrant issued for Deveaux’s arrest following Swedish league attack

    Mar 31, 2015, 12:06 PM EDT

    Toronto Maple Leafs v Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    This after his team, Rogle, terminated his contract on Monday.

  7. Mrazek gets chance to bounce back, will start tonight versus Sens

    Mar 31, 2015, 12:01 PM EDT

    Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders Getty Images

    Gave up four goals on 11 shots Sunday versus the Islanders.

  8. Isles sign Quebec league tough guy Johnston

    Mar 31, 2015, 11:24 AM EDT

    Johnston

    6-foot-5, 225-pounder led Charlottetown in penalty minutes this year, with 124.

  9. Bruins sign Miami (Ohio) playmaker Czarnik

    Mar 31, 2015, 10:38 AM EDT

    Miami v Providence Getty Images

    He finished tied for third in the country in assists last season.

  10. Kings’ Sekera hurt during loss to Chicago

    Mar 31, 2015, 9:55 AM EDT

    Andrej Sekera Getty Images

    Los Angeles traded a first-round pick in February to get him.

  11. PHT Morning Skate: Nemeth gets puck lodged in visor

    Mar 31, 2015, 8:01 AM EDT

    Patrik Nemeth

    Tuesday’s collection of links.

  12. Sabres ‘win’ latest tank war against Coyotes

    Mar 31, 2015, 12:48 AM EDT

    Arizona Coyotes v Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    Feel free to change that to “lose.”

  13. Tarasenko left limping after Blues loss

    Mar 31, 2015, 12:22 AM EDT

    St Louis Blues v Philadelphia Flyers Getty Images

    The overall damage is currently unclear.

Featured video

Hammond leads Ottawa's turnaround
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Dubnyk (2050)
  2. A. Steen (1891)
  3. H. Lundqvist (1872)
  4. E. Malkin (1765)
  5. K. Letang (1754)