Meanwhile, the St. Pete Times publishes a story today that details even more cash flow problems for Koules and the prospective owners. While current owners Palace Sports claim that OK Hockey has every intention to keep the Lightning in Tampa, the Times reports that Koules' group "doesn't have the money to assume guarantees in place to repay taxpayer subsidies if the team moves in the next decade." The paper also reports that "the negotiating lawyers have floated the idea of the NHL guaranteeing the team stay in Tampa."
So the new owners don't have a few extra millions. But they might have a Mullet in a pimp suit coaching the team, so at a minimum it'll look like they have used car salesman money. Which is better than nothing.
- Oren Koules