Welcome, Mr. Vinik, to the Tampa Bay sports community... Now please do not screw this up like the last guys...
Jeffrey Vinik has formally agreed to purchase the Tampa Bay Lightning from OK Hockey Group LLC
They've been on the cusp of closing the deal to sell the Lightning to Jeffrey Vinik all day. The St. Petersburg Times is the first to say that the deal is basically done. We'll have more on this as it develops.
Reports from The Hockey News suggest Jeffery Vinik is negotiating with the NHL to buy the Lightning.