Even though the rumors of the Blues being up for sale have been constantly denied by everyone within the Blues organization, some people apparently aren't buying it.
Sportsnet hockey analyst Mike Brophy was on Fan 590 in Toronto today, and said that Chris Pronger could be traded to the Blues because they "might be put up for sale" and that "a new owner would love to have Chris Pronger in the lineup compared to what they have now."
I can see the sheer basis of where he might figure the Blues could be put up for sale. The economy is in the tank right now. Everyone that lives in the United States knows that. Since the economy is where it's at as of this moment, it would make it a lot easier for a potential buyer to get a bargain price for a team such as the Blues, who have not made the playoffs since before the lockout.
However, on the opposite side of the coin, it wouldn't make any logical business sense at all for Dave Checketts and his ownership group to sell the Blues only two and a half years after buying the team. Checketts and SCP Worldwide have put a tremendous amount of time and effort into trying to rebuild the Blues' franchise into what was previously known as one of the NHL's powerhouses. They have stacked up on draft picks over the past couple of years that in turn were used to draft such talent as David Perron, Ian Cole, Lars Eller, Aaron Palushaj, Erik Johnson, Alex Pietrangelo, David Perron, Brett Sonne, Jonas Junland, and Cade Fairchild...talent that is expected to be the future of this team. They have traded away fan favorites like Doug Weight, Bill Guerin, and Lee Stempniak, but in return received players in return such as Brad Boyes, Carlo Colaiacovo, and Alex Steen...younger players that have paid immediate dividends in a short amount of time with the team. They have made drastic improvements to the Scottrade Center to make the experience at a game more pleasurable to loyal hockey fans. Above all that, the countless discounts on ticket prices along with the joint deals they have made with local area businesses to win tickets, food, and other extra added prizes are not something that an owner would be doing if he were planning on selling the team. Can you imagine what would happen if the Blues were to be sold again? Blues fans would be lined up row-by-row outside of the Scottrade Center with torches ready to burn the place down. Fans have been through this before with the Lauries selling the team in 2006. If it were to happen again, there would be a full-scale riot of ticked off Blues fans on the hands of Checketts and Company. I doubt that's something that they would want to put the loyal fans of this team through again.
When it all comes down to it, there's no way Dave Checketts is even thinking about selling the Blues. An owner wouldn't be wasting his valuable time doing all the things he's done to improve the product on and off the ice just to sell the team tow-to-three years down the road. It doesn't make a bit of sense whatsoever.
So, Despite the rumors that for some reason keep coming up about this subject, when you read further between the lines on this issue rather than what people say might happen, I can assure Blues' fans that the Blues are in no way, shape, or form for sale. Hopefully, these rumors, and I stress the word RUMORS very strongly, die off quickly when these hockey "experts" like Mike Brophy realize that there is no logical reasoning behind this ever happening.