The city of St. Louis is a target of a lawsuit over the upgrades to the Blues’ arena, according to TSN. The $64 million publically-funded renovation of the Scottrade Center is being accused of being unconstitutional.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, three St. Louis residents, including Alderwoman Cara Spencer have filed a lawsuit, naming the city, the Blues and the Blues ownership group, Kiel Center Partners. The lawsuit states that public money to pay for the upgrades is unconstitutional and the city was mislead in February when they approved the renovation. They were told that the Scottrade Center was owned by the city and the city should pay for the renovations. Coupled with the interest, the city of St. Louis would have been expected to pay $105 million over the course of 30 years.
However, according to an old lease, if the city pays for renovations, it is expected to be paid back by the owner in a rent increase. The Blues owner currently pays $1 a year in rent. The Blues have not commented on the situation publically.
- Darren Dreger of TSN reports that trade talk has been quiet over the last few weeks in regards to Buffalo Sabres’ Evander Kane. The veteran forward has been thrown about in trade rumors all offseason. Dreger says that most teams are still interested, but are now likely to wait and see how Kane begins the season in Buffalo. With his track record, many teams may want to see how he handles his offseason. “It sounds like, in the limited research that I’ve done, that he’s worked pretty hard and he’s motivated going into the contract year.” While a in-season trade is very possible, there is also the possibility that both sides will decide to stay together and sign a long-term extension.
- While forward Columbus Blue Jackets’ Alexander Wennberg remains a restricted free agent, Fanrag’s Adam Gretz writes that Wennberg is intrigued at the possibility of being paired with newly acquired Artemi Panarin. Having been among the top productive players with the Blackhawks for the past two years, Wennberg claims that playing on the same line with Panarin would be thrilling and could take his game to a new level. “That would be incredible to play with (Panarin),” Wennberg said to NHL.com. “He’s a heck of a player. To see the plays he made with Kane, he’s one of the best players in the league. So, if I get a chance to play with him, that would be incredible.”