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Originally Posted by Frank Booth View Post
Well that certainly didn't stop them in 2004 and 2005 when Jamison and Lehr tried to move the team to: Quad Cities, Tulsa, Kansas City, and Oklahoma City. All cities they negotiated with while having time left on their lease at Gund Arena/Quicken Loans Arena.

I guess that's a good way to get your prospects ready for the NHL by having them play in front of abysmal "crowds" like they do in Worcester. If we spin the excuse wheel, where will it land? Bad team? Oh, yeah, they won their division this year, yet finished 27th out of 29 teams in attendance. Bad market? Bad marketing? Perhaps a combination of both. What ever the case, it isn't a good situation, and it will probably end sooner rather than later.
It hasn't hurt the Devils all that much has it?

Conversely, how well have the Thrashers prospects developed by playing in front of good crowds in Chicago?

IMO how a minor league team draws isn't a factor in getting prospects "ready for the NHL".

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