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NHL commish says sides hope to complete Panthers sale quickly

Sep 23, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

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NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t go deep into specifics – he didn’t name the potential new owners – but he told ESPN that the Florida Panthers sale is “on track” on Monday.

“I know the two parties are working very hard on the transaction. They’re going to try to consummate that as quickly as possible,” Bettman said.

ESPN reports that a Panthers sale could be completed as early as sometime in October if there aren’t unexpected complications.

The rule of team sales has to be noted: these situations can turn sharply, often out of nowhere (such as with the Phoenix Coyotes for years). Of course, quite a few have worked out largely outside of the public eye and seemingly pretty smoothly, so we’ll see how it goes.

Bettman seems optimistic (if vague), though.

  1. murtdurt - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Will there be some sort of clause that the new ownership group has to atleast give the sunrise Florida market a couple years before packing up shop to Seattle/Quebec?

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:30 AM

      The Panthers lease at BB&T Center runs though 2028…

  2. 950003cups - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    I wish the NHL would have a viable team playing in the Miami area. Most of us would fly out for games.

    Spirit Air makes it simple and affordable. Unfortunately it’s also good for ranger and Philly fans. They’ll ruin it for everyone with Philly jack wagons drinking too much and puking in the arena, and the ranger fans telling one in Miami that being from Brooklyn automatically makes you “cool”

    On second thought, Seattle might be perfect for the Panthers.

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