Watched by team legend Guy Lafleur, George Gillett Jr. pulls on a Canadiens jersey on Jan. 31, 2001, the day he was announced as the majority owner of the Habs. One day soon, Gillett might be taking that jersey off.
Shaun Best, Reuters
Le Journal de Montréal reports today that interested groups – and it says there are six – have until the end of the day today to table their offers to buy the Canadiens and the Bell Centre.
The paper says that three American groups are interested in purchasing the club, along with three Canadian groups, the latter including Québecor, Molson family members, and a third Quebec group whose participants the story does not identify.
Once George Gillett has all the offers in hand, he can study them with financial experts and then wait for the bids to improve, like average folks do when they put a trinket on eBay. Except average folks often don’t see the bidding for their stuff end in the hundreds of millions.
(If I were Uncle George, I’d have put the Habs and the Bell Centre on eBay, with a reserve of maybe $600 million, just to see who’d bid.)