AHL response to team eligibility when a franchise loses its NHL affiliate
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06-07-2011, 12:08 AM
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Rochester, NY
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Or, it could be out of business like the 90s IHL. You can't possibly say for sure which way that theoretical setup would put the league in terms of viability, much less know for sure that the quality on the ice would be ANY different. All we can know is how we got here - change one variable, and the whole set of dominoes falls differently.
Plus, wasn't hockey ALWAYS better "15 years ago", no matter when that statement is made? Rose-tinted rear-view glasses are a heck of a thing to wear permanently.
I'm not saying it should be the IHL of the 90's. But there needs to be a happy medium. The AHL shouldn't be the NHL's *****. It shouldn't be all development. That's ridiculous. But it shouldn't be all veterans with no focus on development either. Every team's main goal should be to win. Any pro team should. Development should be a large part of that also, considering it is the AHL.
But if this league is going in the direction where it's simply all about developing at all times, just forget it. Don't even keep score and don't force the fans to pay their hard earned dollars.
People always do seem to look fondly at the past. But I have yet to meet a single person, whether they are from Rochester, Hershey, Providence or Syracuse, who thinks the AHL is better now than a decade ago.
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