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11-05-2010, 11:41 AM
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Steelhead16
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Originally Posted by Prussian_Blue View Post
Somewhat along those lines... since you're in Boise, and the Steelheads seem to draw pretty well and have a nice building to play in, what in your estimation would be the chances of them jumping up to the AHL (like Rockford did from the UHL a few years back)?

I can't help but think that the AHL would like to have a way station between Abbotsford and Winnipeg to take a little of the edge off of those western trips... I wouldn't mind seeing Portland or Seattle join the AHL as well, but the junior teams in those cities are probably too lucrative (no player salaries) for the owners of those clubs to consider a move to the AHL.
You answered your own question a little bit. I don't see any chance of it happening unless there are more teams added to the west. Portland and Seattle would be great but they have strong WHL teams and have for a long time. If you could come up with an Abbotsford, Austin, TX. Seattle, Portland, Boise, Salt Lake City and at least 1 team in CA scenerio maybe it would fly. Problem is that a lot of the AHL teams that are affiliated with Western NHL teams are locked into where they are. No NHL teams make more moves than San Jose and their AHL team is as far away as it can possibly be. The AHL is a different animal as well. It isn't really in place to make money. It's a necessary expense for it's NHL team in most cases and is used as a tool just like any other business uses a tool. I would love to see a step up in talent but I don't see it happening anytime soon.

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