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Friday at Noontime, Press Conference at PNC Arena, Gary Bettman on hand

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It all starts tomorrow, Friday, at noontime.  This is the beginning for us, the first stage in bringing them home, Dundon will be owning MORE than 60% of the Hurricanes, he is in charge.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be in attendance in North Carolina, expect a rebranding later this year, where team name and color scheme could be changing.  Expect bigger news next year, when plans could be unveiled to move the team back to Hartford.

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HUGE NEWS:

Dundon has the option to purchase the other 39% of the team in 3 years' time, that means that Dundon could be the SOLE OWNER of the Hurricanes in just 36 months.

It is a safe bet at this point to expect the Whalers back in 2019, or 2021 at the latest.

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RALEIGH 

Thomas Dundon, the new owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, comes across as a man of many ideas, constantly in motion, looking to make changes and move forward.

Dundon, a self-made billionaire from Dallas, finalized the deal Thursday in which he took over majority ownership of the Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr., the National Hockey League announced. Dundon will own 61 percent of the NHL team, which was valued at $550 million, with an option to buy the remainder in three years.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will join Dundon, Karmanos and Ron Francis, the Hurricanes’ executive vice president and general manager, at a press conference Friday at PNC Arena to discuss the ownership changeover.

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Dundon owns 61% now, will most likely own an additional 39% within 3 years.

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Now he's so bad he's talking to himself.

Bruce Gold Part II

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FOX Sports Carolinas will deliver live coverage of the Carolina Hurricanes press conference introducing new owner Tom Dundon, today, January 12, at noon ET. National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman, general manager Ron Francis, minority owner Peter Karmanos Jr. and president Don Waddell are also scheduled to be in attendance.

 

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Frank, you do understand the Hurricanes are not leaving Raleigh anytime in the next...oh...5-7 years, right?

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80% chance that the Hurricanes will be in Hartford before September 2020.

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After seeing today's press conference, the easy takeaway from the speeches is that there is no long term commitment to Carolina, the new owner says he values winning the most, I don't see the team lasting down there for 2 years at the most.  One or two years down there being at the bottom of the list for attendance and bleeding money, and he will have the moving trucks ready to go.

Today was a huge day on the calendar for the Whaler return, January 12, new ownership and a new direction.

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2 hours ago, WhalerCentral said:

After seeing today's press conference, the easy takeaway from the speeches is that there is no long term commitment to Carolina, the new owner says he values winning the most, I don't see the team lasting down there for 2 years at the most.  One or two years down there being at the bottom of the list for attendance and bleeding money, and he will have the moving trucks ready to go.

Today was a huge day on the calendar for the Whaler return, January 12, new ownership and a new direction.

Former majority owner Peter Karmanos, left, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, center, and Thomas Dundon, new Hurricanes majority owner, laugh together at the end of the press conference where Dundon was announced as the buyer and new majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey club at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC, on Jan. 12, 2018.

Yeah, Dundon sure looks like he can't wait to change the team's name and move them back to Hartford. 9_9

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Frank...

They have a team friendly lease until 2024.

They have a brand new owner...but the old one still has a minority share.

Stop it.  You're being an a$$.  

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7 minutes ago, MarkH2919 said:

They have a team friendly lease until 2024.

 

and we all know a team has never broken a lease before

 

 

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Yes, leases can be broken, just look at the lease the Whalers have with Hartford. The thing is, the lease the Hurricanes have with PNC Arena. It's almost as good as the lease the Panthers have in Florida. They literally just pay to play there and nothing else. Even with how bad their attendance was last year, the team still made millions of dollars because of how good their lease is with the arena.

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On 1/11/2018 at 6:46 PM, WhalerCentral said:

Dundon owns 61% now, will most likely own an additional 39% within 3 years.

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At least Frenchy knows how to use a simple calculator!!

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Yes, leases have been broken before.  But why would the Centennial Authority in Raleigh agree to let the Canes break the lease, and why would the Canes WANT to break what is considered one of the best leases in the NHL?

BTW, the Canes drew 16,000+ last night.  

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