Bettman says Senators not currently for sale

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during the first intermission of Maple Leafs-Lightning first round Game 2 "quashed any possible talk about the Senators being sold any time in the near future," according to Bruce Garrioch of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. Bettman said, "The club isn’t on the market, there’s no urgency, and the club isn’t unstable. There are no problems." Bettman said that there is "no rush" for late Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk's daughters Anna and Olivia to "decide what’s next." Bettman: "The franchise is being professionally run. Ultimately his two daughters are going to have to decide what they want to do." Garrioch wrote there has been "no indication whatsoever that Anna and Olivia Melnyk plan to sell the franchise." However, that "hasn’t stopped speculation about the future of the team." Business law group Cassels Partner Sheldon Plener, longtime business associate Lawrence Zeifman and Senators Chief Administrative Officer John Miszuk will "help direct the franchise in the coming months." Plener has a "strong knowledge of the inner workings of the organization" because he has "attended NHL board of governors meetings on the Senators’ behalf several times." Senators President of Business Operations Anthony LeBlanc and CFO Erin Crowe are "running the day-to-day operations of the franchise." They also report to the BOD that Melnyk had "put in place" several years ago and "have a plan in place for the future" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 5/8).

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