Chambers Taken Seriously?
So what should we make out of Max Chambers?
Look I’m not here to try and dis-credit anybody but I can pass along information that’s been given to me.
Nobody is taking Chambers seriously. Here’s a guy who’s looked at several NHL teams including the Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, and now the St. Louis Blues. He always seems to have a reason for why things didn’t work out in his favor.
I can’t argue with the fact that he might have made a $167 million offer to buy the team but as one person close to the sale of Blues tells me “you could make an offer if you wanted to.”
I guess that’s true.
If you’re really interested in buying the Blues, why would you walk away after submitting what would appear to be a serious bid? You make your offer and that’s it? No negotiating? Believe me if TowerBrook Capital, Game Plan LLC, and Dave Checketts took this guy seriously they would have found a way to try and negotiate a deal.
Why make your highest/best offer in your initial bid?
I spoke to Bryan Trottier who tells me all he did was make a call to the NHL on Chambers behalf. He basically made the call to ask what process they would need to follow if Chambers was interested in buying the Blues. That’s about all Trottier had to say although we enjoyed about a 20 minute conversation talking about a number of topics involving the NHL.
Trottier is known to be active with the NHL alumni and participates in some of these “old-timers games” throughout the year. Word is Chambers attends many of these events which is where the two came in contact.
I’ve tried to do some research on some of the companies Chambers says he runs but seem there is very little information out there.
Chambers has been described as a”dreamer” and many question whether or not he even has the necessary capital to purchase an NHL team. For one reason or anther he’s come up empty on more than one occasion.
In comments recently made to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chambers says he’s prepared to put an additional $8-10 million into the team which would help the Blues contend for a Cup. Who’s available that the Blues could go out and sign that could help this hockey club?
Game Plan LLC and Checketts continue to have dialogue with both Chicago businessman Matt Hulsizer and Blues minority owner Tom Stillman. Hulsizer has indicated to Blues officials what he’d be willing to pay. A lot comes down to what’s included in the deal which would directly impact the actual sale price. As I’ve written numerous times, Hulsizer has a price in mind and if the Blues are willing to meet his number he’s a legitimate candidate to buy the Blues.
Stillman remains as motivated as anyone to get the team. There’s been some dynamic shifting among the members of his group and time will tell how it all plays out.
I think both Hulsizer and Stillman are playing it smart as they wait for the season to begin. Once payroll kicks in and costs go up there’s thought it could motivate TowerBrook to soften up the deal.
I’m curious, how does Chambers comes up with a hard $167 Million? Not $165 or $170? I can respect Chambers if he’s a legitimate candidate to become the next Owner of the Blues but no one is interested in a guy if he’s just looking to make a name for himself.
Look for Jaro Halak to play three pre-season games which means Elliott and Bishop may only see two games each. I’ve already been told Elliott and Bishop will see equal amount of action. Jake Allen could see two games as well.
Kind of hard to fully judge the goaltenders when the lineups each other are facing are so dramatically different. Elliott was very solid in a win on Tuesday but the Lightning left behind the likes of Stamkos, St.Louis, and Lecavalier.
Jordon Binnington, third round pick from the OHL’s Owen Sound Tigers, may look 15 years old but his play last season proved he has big game potential. He’s a 1993 birth year who stole the number one job en route to leading his club to the OHL Championship. He was later named the top goaltender at the Memorial Cup. He has a long way to develop but he’s soaking everything in during his first training camp. He and 2nd rounder Ty Rattie are roommates during camp and are living the dream among a group of NHL players. Binnington was pumped to be backing up Bishop Wednesday in Tampa Bay.
I thought it was a nice gesture by Alex Steen who bought a number of the younger player’s dinner prior to the Blues first pre-season game Tuesday night.
Look for guys like Steen, Jason Arnott, and Halak to make their pre-season debut Thursday night vs. Minnesota.
Who looks more confident than Matt D’Agostini?
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