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05-28-2010, 10:34 PM
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Talk today the last Friday in May suggest by the end of the first week of June the IHL may merge with the CHL, at least in some fashion as their are different league rules to work out. With Amarillo and Corpus Christi welcoming the NAHL, most of the weak teams have folded, although we are waiting on the situation with the Arizona Sundogs which the CHL is attempting to sale...

Broomfield has converted its arena to concerts and probably won't be resurrected. Rio Rancho is also welcoming the NAHL. Beaumont has a fairly new arena, but its ECHL franchise folded with a winning season.

There is talk with the IHL-CHL merger an expansion club may move into Saint Charles's arena, while I haven't given up with Des Moines. With the Quad Cities in the IHL-CHL picture, Des Moines may be a good location for a AA club. All the cities further north of Independence have USHL teams it seems. The CHL has been avoiding those areas in the past. There might be some movement to place a club in Evansville..

Even the AHL is being hurt by the recession, a few clubs not drawing well. I don't see how Lowell and Worchester survive... I believe they are both too close to Boston.

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