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Lightning sale: more reactions
By the Times staff
Published August 9, 2007
The sale of the
Tampa Bay Lightning
On Tuesday, Aug. 7, Jeff Sherrin,Doug MacLean and Oren Koules were introduced as the principals of Absolute Hockey Enterprises, which signed a purchase agreement to buy the Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5 1/2 acres of surrounding land from Palace Sports & Entertainment for about $200-million.
"While it's a little early to say anything, particularly since the proposed transaction still must undergo the due-diligence and approval process and must receive approval by the board, the league always has appreciated Bill Davidson's commitment to the Lightning, the Tampa community and our great sport." Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner
"For a group like that to come in and be close to the community, and live in the community, that's big. They're obviously a group that wants a team and wants to win. They want to make an already good team better." Vinny Lecavalier, Lightning center
"I can't say any bad things about Bill Davidson. He took good care of me and my family, and we won a Cup. I will always have the utmost respect for Bill Davidson. At the same time I'm excited about the people that are coming in and having the passion for hockey and being there on a daily basis. We never saw the other owners. To have an owner who is going to be at the game and cheering, it's something that's going to be new to a lot of us." Marty St. Louis, Lightning right wing
"The fact that they're going to be in the area and hands on, it can only be good for the community and fan base. We do have a good thing here already. As long as they realize this team is right there and they're coming into a really good situation." Brad Richards, Lightning center
"I'm all for new ownership and what they want to do, but my biggest concern is what are their plans for the team? I don't know the reason why they're selling, but gosh, you win the Stanley Cup you'd think you'd want to hang on to that team. I think one of the things they could do as new owners is get us a top-flight goalie. New ownership can't stop a puck from going through the net." Chip Wichmanowski, executive director of Pasco Education Foundation
Compiled by Joe Smith and Joey Knight, Times staff writers
FAST FACTS: Online poll results Is Bill Davidson's sale of the Lightning to a group headed by Doug MacLean good or bad for the franchise?
Good 82 percent Bad 18 percent 257 total respondents