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10-10-2004, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by KING ELVI
The Kings may be trying to help out the Bakersfield organization by putting some Kings prospects there. I have met quite a few King fans from Bakersfield and they might be trying to have some sort of local connection, like the Ducks and San Diego Gulls. Since they don't have a ECHL team all to themselves, why not send some kids to Bakersfield. These kids most likely would not see any time in Manchester unless something drastic happens.
The main reason Manchester and Reading exist is player development. The reason The Kings ended their affiliation with Lowell and created Manchester and Reading was lack of control of player development.
The Bakersfield coach and GM's primary concern is going to be winnning games and making the franchise more popular in Bakersfield. Not that that's a bad thing, but it doesn't serve the King's best interests in the long run.