As I have noted previously in bullets and on Twitter, the Ottawa Senators are for sale.
And one potential (partial) buyer has emerged: Ryan Reynolds.
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If you’ve watched any of “Welcome to Wrexham” about how Reynolds and Rob McElhenney bought Welsh soccer team Wrexham A.F.C. you’ll know he’s been through the process of buying into professional sports before. But nowhere close to the NHL level (or dollar amount). But Reynolds, who is a native of Vancouver, did express some interest in being part of an NHL ownership group recently.
I would absolutely love this. He’s a good dude and would bring more eyeballs to the NHL. Whether or not it happens is still a long way from playing out but I’m hoping to hear more about this in the coming months.
Eugene Melnyk, who bought the Senators in 2003 for $92 million, sadly passed away in March. His two adult daughters, Anna and Olivia Melnyk, inherited the franchise. The team announced late last week they have retained Galatioto Sports Partners as financial adviser for the process of a sale. As you can see from the estimate in the Sportico tweet above, the family stands to potentially make a significant profit.
There is serious hope the Senators can stay in Ottawa. They were awarded a parcel of land for the purpose of building a new downtown stadium in Ottawa back in June.