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01-22-2010, 10:24 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Word is that the Rangers might be looking to end its affiliation with current partner Hartford. While a New York-Albany marriage might seem like a possible fit, a Rangers-Syracuse deal would also be a possibility.
Syracuse could offer more stability and a much better atmosphere for the Rangers, and Crunch owner Howard Dolgon has been known to play a round of golf or two with Rangers assistant GM Jim Schoenfeld.
Dolgon, of course, is a New York City native who grew up an avid Rangers fan and a season ticket-holder. The Rangers put a good team in Hartford every season, a consistency of effort that would appeal to Dolgon. Dolgon would absolutely go the extra mile if there was a chance to bring in New York.
All of a sudden, Dolgon's hesitance to close a new affiliation deal with Columbus after pushing so hard to get to the brink makes perfect sense.
Columbus GM Scott Howson is in town for tonight's Syracuse-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton contest. Dolgon said he spoke with him for about 5 minutes, but not about affiliation talks.
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