NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly denies that the league is intending to take over operational control of the New Jersey Devils. In light of a Forbes report on Thursday morning stating that the NHL would be taking over the Devils prior to the 2013-14 season, Tim Panaccio reached out to Daly for comment.
Daly's comment denies the portion of the report indicating the league's plans to run the club. However, the accuracy of the report as a whole is not addressed.
I asked Bill Daly re: Forbes story on Devils: "To the extent it suggests that League is intending to take over the Club, it is inaccurate."— Tim Panaccio (@tpanotchCSN) August 8, 2013
This leaves a considerable amount of grey room.
Reports have indicated for several months that the Devils are in financial trouble. Forbes' report also indicated that the league was hoping to find someone to buy the team from current owner Jeff Vanderbeek. Andrew Barroway was reportedly on track to buy the club and the operating rights of Prudential Center before pulling his offer within the last two weeks after reviewing the club's books.
Howard Eskin reported on Wednesday evening that Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris has placed a bid on the team. Daly did not address these components to the situation.