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12-12-2012, 12:38 PM
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Originally Posted by pondnorth View Post
When Minnesota lost the NHL Northstars then entered the AHL as the Moose.When they returned to the NHL the AHL Moose moved to Winnipeg after the NHL Jets left Winnipeg for Pheonix.Clearly this is an option IF the Yotes leave and somewhere in time Glendale is able to get an NHL team back under better conditions. Grow the game a little till the time is right.Just sayin.
Truth be told, Winnipeg never got an AHL team thinking it was a tool or a stepping stone to get back in the NHL. They got the Moose to fill 42 dates at the MTS Centre with something. Having an AHL team means nothing to the NHL as to the viability of NHL hockey in any market.

If the Coyotes were to leave, and someone was enticed to put an AHL team in Glendale, it would be done as a business decision to at least fill those dates with something. It would have nothing to do with growing the game or getting the NHL back. AHL hockey is just so different then NHL hockey as far as the demographic that goes to the games and the money involved.

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