“No concrete developments at this point,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email to the AP. “Won’t comment on likelihood or things that might flow from agreement unless or until its reached.”
True North reportedly is willing to pay $110 million for the team and another $60 million to the league as a relocation fee. Lewis said talk of a possible move “came out of left field.”
“I feel like they didn’t take the proper amount of time to really find a local buyer,” she said. “They really haven’t put in a good-faith effort for the fans here. They’re taking the first offer and running with it.”
“When you don’t put a winning product on the ice, when you don’t see a heartfelt effort on the ice, then people don’t want to be there,” she said. “It may be fun to go watch, but it kind of brings you down. It really does.”
AP Hockey Writer Ira Podell contributed to this report.