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10-01-2012, 11:20 AM
Mike Smitley
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Originally Posted by Steelhead16 View Post
I think the map of the AHL will change in the next 5-10 years and not be so East Coast dominate. AHL will be appropriate unless they add more teams in Canada. That may all change however if the NHL lockout puts the entire sport back 10 years again. It was on the cusp of new growth until 2 weeks ago. Hopefully it doen't get ruined.
I think you're right about the AHL thinning out in the east and expanding westward. Western NHL teams are already squeaky about travel between their affiliates. Despite the Canadian teams, "American" isn't out of line considering the entire continent is technically "America."

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