Checketts Remains Focused on Selling Blues
There have been rumblings out there regarding Dave Checketts and his continuing effort to land investors and maintain control of the St. Louis Blues.
While I have heard the same rumors, I can also confirm this is not the case.
Sources close to the sale tell me Checketts is not looking for investors as his focus remains on selling the team.
This would certainly make sense as we’re only a few months removed from him formally announcing the team is for sale.
While no new names have surfaced I am told the search for new Ownership is progressing. Most fans are aware of minority Owner Tom Stillman’s ongoing attempt to buy the club. I’m also told at least one other individual/group who has business interests in St. Louis has expressed interest in buying the club.
Sources tell me it would not be fair to characterize any group as the frontrunner.
I do find it interesting that the Peabody Opera House, scheduled to open later this year, is not part of the package. I’m told the theatre will be managed separately and as of now SCP Worldwide will maintain their Ownership interest. This could change if someone is interested but neither Checketts nor Tower Brook Capital is pushing the opera house as part of the sale. The package for sale includes the Blues, the lease to the Arena, and the Blues AHL affiliate in Peoria, Illinois.
The goal continues to be on having the sale completed by the start of the regular season.
Blues sign Nikita Nikitin to 1 yr deal….
It’s a pretty nice accomplishment to go from being relatively unknown to earning a one-way NHL contract worth $600k. That’s exactly what Nikitin has done as the Blues believe he can be a part of things moving forward.
Nikitin is a strong mobile D-man with a heavy shot who can not only play the PP but also kill penalties. His versatility will help him carve out a nice role on this hockey club. This year will allow him to define and dictate who he is as a NHL D-man and help determine what type of contract he’s deserving of next summer. Personally I think the sky is the limit as the only thing holding this guy back is experience and the language barrier. His ability to understand the English language did improve significantly as the season progressed. He’s a guy who is capable of playing 18:00-20:00 plus minutes on any given night, not to mention he gives the team insurance if another D-man misses time with an injury.
Last summer before the start of training camp GM Doug Armstrong indicated he was excited to see what Nikitin can bring to the table. it goes without saying he made an impression.
More to come,
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