On June 13, the bid spearheaded by Michael Andlauer was announced as the winning bid for purchasing the Ottawa Senators. On August 26, the NHL Board of Governors approved the purchase. And now, finally, the sale is official. Call it the "And" of an Era.
This was truly just a formality, as Andlauer has been making public appearances as the owner for the past couple weeks, including at the annual charity golf tournament. What is less of a formality is who will be joining him. Cyril Leeder, who worked with the Sens from their inception until his surprise firing in 2017, resigned from his post with the Myers Auto Group and is expected to return as the team's President. Steve Staios stepped away from the Oilers and is also expected to join. Former Sens Assistant GM Peter Chiarelli (who GMed the Bruins to a Cup and then really hindered the McDavid-era Oilers) is also expected to join the staff. It is also expected that Daniel Alfredsson will join the staff in some kind of official capacity.
We'll see how all the other off-ice storylines shake out in the days to come. For now, let's celebrate that the team has a new owner with deep pockets who has partnered with a number of local co-owners and who seems committed to leading a team to a Stanley Cup. Sens fans, welcome to your Andlauer years.