New Jersey Devils Secure Financing, But Sale Reportedly Still Possible In Fall

New Jersey Devils controlling owner Jeff Vanderbeek is close to closing a deal with a deep-pocketed investor to help him survive into next season, according to the New York Post.

Citing sources, the Post reports that a new investor will pay down the company’s $80 million debt and give Vanderbeek until the start of the 2012-2013 season to raise new capital. If he can't make that happen, however, he would be forced to sell the team.

While the reported move would give the franchise some breathing room, some think it might just be an extension preceding an imminent sale.

For the last several months, the National Hockey League has funded the Devils. The move reportedly comes just in time, as Devils creditors only have another few weeks to put the franchise in default if they plan to force the team into bankruptcy during the offseason, according to sources.

For more on the story as it unfolds, stick with this StoryStream. You can also get more perspective from Devils fans at In Lou We Trust.


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