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NHL has plans to take Devils from Vanderbeek

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08:46 AM ET 06.18 | Fresh off an inspiring run to the Cup finals, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek may be on the verge of being shut out. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is preparing to take control of the money-losing hockey franchise in the event Vanderbeek fails to refinance the Devils' debt before a looming Aug. 14 deadline, The Post has learned. In recent days, the commissioner's office has told potential suitors to be ready in case he moves on the team and pushes Vanderbeek aside, a source close to the situation said. Vanderbeek is near a deal to sell a majority stake to a mystery investor, which would allow him to keep control of the Eastern Conference champions, one source said.

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June 18, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Isn't one hot potato (Phoenix) in their hands enough? Unreal!

June 18, 2012  09:38 AM ET

The league will only have about a dozen more money-losers to prop up after they pick up the Devils...but the commish still won't see the big picture.

June 18, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The league will only have about a dozen more money-losers to prop up after they pick up the Devils...but the commish still won't see the big picture.

Does the Buttgoblin know the meaning of the word contraction?

June 18, 2012  09:45 AM ET

The guy who wrote this is either really on the story or has been making it up for months. I guess we will find out soon. Over the last 6 months he has been updating this story every month, of course it changes a little, but I am sure the true story changed too. Now this is the NY Post so it leads me to believe it isn't true, but this is from one of their business "journalists" so maybe they do a better job then the sports guys. My guess is if this isn't correct, they will do what Larry Brooks does, "a last minute change of plans helped ______". Last week other publications said they found minority investors from Ontario.

June 18, 2012  09:48 AM ET

let's see guys...this IS the Post after all..

June 18, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The guy who wrote this is either really on the story or has been making it up for months. I guess we will find out soon. Over the last 6 months he has been updating this story every month, of course it changes a little, but I am sure the true story changed too. Now this is the NY Post so it leads me to believe it isn't true, but this is from one of their business "journalists" so maybe they do a better job then the sports guys. My guess is if this isn't correct, they will do what Larry Brooks does, "a last minute change of plans helped ______". Last week other publications said they found minority investors from Ontario.

All of the Devils problems will disappear if the Islanders move to Little Rock, Arkansas or Albuquerque, NM.

June 18, 2012  09:52 AM ET

The Post? They're not as good as the Weekly World News. but pretty close!

June 18, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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All of the Devils problems will disappear if the Islanders move to Little Rock, Arkansas or Albuquerque, NM.

if The Islanders are ANYONE'S problem....that that in itself is a problem (sorry Puck and Isleman)

June 18, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

let's see guys...this IS the Post after all..

I concur. This article is falafel.

June 18, 2012  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

let's see guys...this IS the Post after all..

I concur. This article is falafel.

June 18, 2012  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I concur. This article is falafel.

GROAN!!!

Did you have to post it twice?

June 18, 2012  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

GROAN!!! Did you have to post it twice?

He's getting old and starting to repeat himself.

I dunno, I think there might be something to it. Devils haven't been drawing well for years it might be catching up to them.

June 18, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He's getting old and starting to repeat himself.

LOL!

June 18, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Isn't one hot potato (Phoenix) in their hands enough? Unreal!

don't say hot potato about New jersey...a certain rotund governor starts drooling

June 18, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Devils haven't been drawing well for years it might be catching up to them.

I think they struggled to sell out games 1&2 of the finals. I was told ticketmaster had seats available fairly close to game day.

June 18, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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I think they struggled to sell out games 1&2 of the finals. I was told ticketmaster had seats available fairly close to game day.

All those other entertainment venues in Newark give people too many choices....oh, wait.

June 18, 2012  10:56 AM ET

A better headline: "Buttgoblin to snatch Devils out of his Vanderbeek"

June 18, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

don't say hot potato about New jersey...a certain rotund governor starts drooling

OK. I wont mention sour cream, chives and butter either.

June 18, 2012  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

OK. I wont mention sour cream, chives and butter either.

this just in...Snooki drowns in sea of gubenatorial saliva

 
June 18, 2012  11:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

OK. I wont mention sour cream, chives and butter either.

BACON BITS!

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