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11-02-2010, 03:12 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Auburn, Maine
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Not necessarily. Moving three (or even four) teams to California en masse and sticking with the division-heavy schedule allows them to minimize travel distances. Moving clubs to Sacramento, Fresno, Long Beach and/or San Diego allows for a more national setup, easing the stress on Abbotsford while providing more rapid response times for personnel moves for Pacific Division teams. This allows the AHL to emulate the dual league setup of Triple-A baseball without stepping on the toes of the ECHL (by staying out of active markets) or the WHL (by moving teams to California instead of the Northwest).
The trick is convincing the independent owners of West Coast-affiliated teams to pack up and move out of Northeastern markets. The Sharks and Kings wouldn't have huge problems relocating their clubs, but they need at least one more club if you assume they'll play in a division with Abbotsford and Manitoba (the latter of which is probably a stretch).
2 major problems w/ this:
Didn't Fresno collapse last year mid-season, and now Seiland Arena is off-limits w/ the Fresno Monsters; LB & SD isn't enough of an issue regards to arena/owner/operators and the Maloofs are having issues w/ ARCO and the NBA Kings?
the other problem is convincing SJ aka SVSE and AEG (LA/Mch/Ontario) TO bail out of existing contracts, which simply isn't an option in either case (both long-term deals under common ownership and w/ Manchester being the only market to enter the pro sports market by having AEG BE a part of tht market between building Verizon Wireless for its operated club to play in... if it wasn't for the Monarchs, would the Fisher Cats select Manchester to move to?
as for the Worcester market, tht's why the city was heavily involved in attracting San Jose after the Blues exit for Peoria, it just happened to have Manchester & Portland (w/ ANA, then) make it an easy choice to invest and the Sharks have gone all out since their arrival even community-wise to turn back now....
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