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01-29-2013, 11:11 AM
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It seems like there are a few assumptions being made here that could be questioned:

- The idea that the "minor league affiliate" proposal was some sort of attempt to change the perception of tier 2 and the first step on a slippery slope toward player contracts, etc. As Dickiedunn suggested, maybe it was just a proposed structure to allow better coordination between the AA team and the tier 2 teams to avoid scheduling / incentive conflicts when players need to be called up.

- The idea that population is directly related to the availability of AA calibre players. Wouldn't it be more useful to look at hockey enrollment rates? Just because more people live in Saskatoon and Regina doesn't necessarily mean that all of those people's kids are playing hockey at the same rate as people in, say, Melfort.

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