Ryan Reynolds, Remington Group visiting Ottawa amid interest in purchasing Senators

Actor Ryan Reynolds gestures towards a fan as he is recognized during a break in the play as the Ottawa Senators take on the Vancouver Canucks in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. Reynolds is rumoured to be interested in buying the Senators franchise. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press)

Ryan Reynolds is back in the nation’s capital Thursday, meeting with Ottawa mayor Mark Sutcliffe amid reported interest in purchasing the Senators.

Joined by Remington Group president Chris Bratty, Reynolds posted on his Instagram story a photo at Sutcliffe’s office.

This would be Reynolds’ second visit to Ottawa after attending a Senators game in November 2022.

Reynolds is expected to be at the Senators’ game against the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman previously confirmed that there were “somewhere around six” serious bidders for the Senators. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly met Monday with Sutcliffe and the National Capital Commission in “an opportunity to get acquainted and to make sure that the lines of communication are open.”

“Let’s say that this is among the most vibrant processes I’ve ever seen,” Bettman said during a press conference ahead of the Senators’ game against the Florida Panthers. “I think that’s a testament to this market, the great fan base, the support the team gets from the community, how the team’s being run, and frankly the state of our game, which has never been healthier and stronger.”

When asked about Reynolds’ potential bid, Bettman wished the Hollywood actor and entrepreneur good luck in the process.

“Ryan believed it was important to connect with a bidder that he believed would be a good match for him,” Bettman said. “I respect his view of the process. He wants to take it from beginning to end.”

It was reported in February that Reynolds partnered with The Remington Group, a real estate development group, in a bid to purchase the Senators.

Reynolds — who co-owns Welsh soccer club Wrexham, which plays in England’s fifth tier — publicly expressed interest in buying the Senators in the fall, though he acknowledged that he would need partners in order to do so. He has since been seen at a Senators game, where he was greeted warmly by the crowd.

Rudolph Bratty, chairman and CEO, his brother Jerry Bratty, chief operating officer, and brother Chris run The Remington Group, which has been developing land in Ontario for the past 65 years.

Reynolds is also expected to help to build a new production studio in Markham, Ont., according to Ontario’s minister of tourism Neil Lumsden.

On March 15, the Vancouver native also sold Mint Mobile to T-Mobile as part of a cash-and-stock deal worth as much as $1.35 billion.

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