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Panthers to announce new ownership tomorrow

Sep 26, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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The rumors about the Florida Panthers sale are apparently true.

The team has called a press conference for Friday morning to announce the sale of the team. It’s believed New York businessman Vincent Viola is the man set to buy the franchise.

The Panthers became the team many suspected would be next on the relocation rumor mill after the Phoenix Coyotes were sold this summer, but with new owners as well as a sweetheart lease in Broward County, Florida the Panthers aren’t going anywhere.

The biggest step for Viola will be to get the Panthers back to relevance in South Florida. While the team made the playoffs two years ago, their last deep run in the postseason came in 1996 when they were swept by Colorado in the Stanley Cup Final. As it is, the team has made the playoffs just four times in 19 seasons.

  1. jwalsh217 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Quebec City here we come!

    • kaptaanamerica - Sep 26, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      People who cut down Seattle as a market have no clue about how many hockey fans there actually are out there. They’re’s lots of hockey at different levels throughout the state.Get a clue haters.

  2. 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Move them to Quebec. It worked out for the Thrashers.

    • jb8588 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      I love how people who always insist on moving these teams to Canada will solve the problem. The same people who said hockey had no business in Raleigh, Nashville, Tampa, etc and the fanbases in all of those cities have proved the critics wrong. A team should be in Seattle before Quebec City…because that’s where the $$ is.

      • edwelsh8 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        And moving the team to Seattle would conveniently balance out the conferences at 15 each.

      • longcutskolvikes - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        I’m skeptical about the NHL in Seattle, especially if they get an NBA franchise.

  3. dan46778 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Keep hockey out is Seattle it will end badly in the long term there is no market for it up Washington

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