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02-25-2013, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Shrimper View Post
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?
The AHL board of Governors wants to expand in the west. As do the western NHL teams. In fact they were told last year to expedite team expansion / relocation to the western market. As each NHL team threatened to take their talent from AHL and put them in a western league for better development etc.
so likelihood of expansion in the Northwest is a future growth opportunity which the NHL clubs want.
Abbotsford was/is the 1st of the puzzle. A Canuck affiliated team in Abby would solidify that as its attendance would rocket to the top of the league. Which would empower AHL to continue the relocations west. But current situation isn't helping anyone.
Taxpayer, players or NHL clubs.

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