By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
After years of financial concerns swarming around the New Jersey Devils, the sale of the franchise as well as the operating rights of the Prudential Center to a group led by Philadelphia 76ers co-owners, Joshua Harris and David Blitzer was announced Thursday morning.
“I’m just excited,” Lamoriello said Thursday at the Prudential Center. “Over the last 10 days or so I’ve spent considerable time with them (Harris and Blitzer) and I came back more and more impressed. Not only with who they are and what they’ve accomplished, but with what their vision is.”
What they have accomplished is what has brought them to New Jersey, bailing former owner Jeff Vanderbeek out of the debt he was drowning in by taking over the franchise.
Vanderbeek will remain as board as a senior advisor.
As far as their vision, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman seemed to put it perfectly when he said the new duo would take what has been built by past owners and take it to the next level.