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Lightning sale delayed again

The final step in OK Hockey's $200-million deal to buy the Lightning, the St. Pete Times Forum lease adn 5.5 adjacent acres will not close today as hoped. Lightning spokesman Bill Wickett said all sides are confident it will happen either Wednesday or Thursday.

"Nobody is panicking," he said. "It's purely procedural."

In fact, it is Canada Day, a national holiday, up north. More importantly it is a bank holiday. As the story goes, one of the banks handling part of OK Hockey's money transfer was closed.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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