Friday, August 19, 2011
Sharks owner shows interest in Coyotes
By Scott Burnside
Updated 4:05 p.m.
Although there has been much speculation in recent weeks about potential owners for the Phoenix Coyotes, ESPN.com can confirm that former San Jose Sharks president and part owner Greg Jamison has expressed interest in the beleaguered team.
However, reports that Jamison is poised to make an offer to buy the team from the NHL and work out a lease agreement with the City of Glendale are inaccurate, a source told ESPN.com Friday.
Anthony LeBlanc, the head of Ice Edge Holdings believes Jamison's interest is good news for the team. Ice Edge Holdings was involved in negotiations to buy the Coyotes for the better part of two years.
"What I'm hearing through reliable sources is that he's the real deal," LeBlanc told ESPN.com. LeBlanc does not know Jamison personally.
LeBlanc, who still has strong ties to the Phoenix business community, said he heard the Jamison group wants to make a deal happen sooner than later.
"I've heard nothing but good things about Jamison," said LeBlanc, who is running for a seat in the provincial government of Ontario representing his hometown riding of Thunder Bay Superior North.
Jamison stepped away from his role as president and CEO of the Sharks almost a year ago, but he is still listed on the team's website as part of the ownership group. He would have to sever ties with the Sharks if he was to become owner of the Coyotes.
A member of the NHL's powerful executive committee, Jamison was named president of the Sharks in 1996. The Sharks are considered a model franchise in general but specifically when it comes to franchises in non-traditional markets.
Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer, who had hoped to have a deal in place to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL last spring, walked away from the process in late June because of ongoing issues about a new arena lease agreement with the city of Glendale.