There has been speculation for weeks and sightings around the Stars facilities and games, and today the Dallas Stars named Tony Tavares the new interim president. As some of you have heard both here and other places over the last few weeks, Tavares has been rumored to be joining the Stars for about a month now.
He fills the void left open when former team president Jeff Cogen left to join Nashville as their CEO back in August. The signing of Tavares can help the Stars in the sale process of the team and with the team trying to figure out a way to resign Brad Richards. Tavares has been an executive with the Anaheim Ducks in the past (during their first years in the 90s) and then went on to run the Montreal Expos of MLB and helped largely with their moving process. He could greatly help with the Stars sale process and helping work out the Stars budget both before and after.
What he could also do is work between the Stars lenders and GM Nieuwendyk to help in the process of resigning Richards. By this point he knows the Stars budget and situation in an out, and will help negotiations….in the negotiations, if that makes sense. Basically he could help mediate between all sides, and possibly convince the lenders how important Brad is for this team in trying to succeed on the ice and in drawing interest from buyers. Let us look at the facts: buy a team that has returned to the playoffs and maybe had some success with a bright future, or buy a team that just lost an elite player and is having problems filling seats? I think most potential bidders could go for option number one.
So officially welcome to the organization Tony, now start making some miracles happen!