Ex-Canadiens GM says he'll make bid for NHL franchise if it goes up for sale

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MONTREAL - Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Serge Savard says he and a group of partners are prepared to buy the National Hockey League franchise if it is put up for sale.

Majority shareholder George Gillett is currently seeking advice from financial firms in Canada and elsewhere about how he might maximize his holdings.

Gillett owns the Bell Centre, where the Canadiens play, as well as 80.1 per cent of the team.

Savard doesn't know if the Canadiens will go on the block but he has told various Quebec media he would be part of a consortium that would bid for the team.

Gillett also owns 50 per cent of English soccer giant Liverpool and has interests in the Richard Petty Motorsports NASCAR team, event promoter Gillett Entertainment Group, ski resorts, car dealerships and agricultural companies.

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