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01-20-2010, 11:40 PM
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..the NY Rangers would love to bring back their AHL team to Bingo since departing back in 1998. The Hartford Wolfpack have floundered financially for years and the city of Hartford would love to unload the team to a willing owner.
I thought Dolan owned the Wolfpack???
The Rangers own the franchise and foot the bill for hockey operations, but since MSG got kicked out of the management role for the XL Center, they've had a deal with Northlands/AEG where N/AEG take care of and reap any benefits of marketing/promotions/ticket sales.
Judging by the ever-dwindling attendance, I'm not sure how great a deal that's proving to be for Nortlands/AEG.
This is the third season (I think? Jarkko, help me out, the years are all blurring together) of the agreement. It's a 4-year deal with a 2 year option.
I said at the time the agreement was reached that the Rangers would have an alternate arrangement for their AHL affiliate by the time it was over and I still believe that. That's based partly on gut feeling and partly on things I've been told.
Whether that means moving back to Bingo or to a new arena even closer to the city, I have no idea.
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