Abbotsford Flames to Utica?
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02-24-2013, 07:38 PM
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If the team isn't attracting fans or doing well there then I can understand moving them, but Utica? Going further west is clearly not a solution going by that so why not move them to another Canadian market that is looking for a team to show they can support one? Like Quebec or a border city in America or maybe even a second Toronto team in the AHL.
Someone in the Lounge also mentioned Brampton, they lost their team. Would an AHL team work there?
Quebec didn't work with the Citadelles. Maybe it was because they were affiliated with the hated Habs but Quebec City seems to do well with the Remparts.
Toronto/Brampton would not happen. AHL teams have territorial rights and even if MLSE would allow another team in the area, they would be affiliated with a non-Leafs team. The Marlies haven't even been that good of a draw until this season, another AHL team in the area would be worse than the Newmarket Saints.
Utica seems like a weird choice considering they were one of the worst drawing teams during the Devils days but I've heard good things (today) about how Utica College draws. There's really not a whole lot of options for AHL teams anymore besides retreads like Lowell and Des Moines who didn't draw well. Fort Wayne would be an interesting possibility but they've only been in the ECHL one year.
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