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02-25-2013, 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by heatfan63 View Post
Don't believe this to be true as I just read a story from Chicago Tribune stating that Wolves management are frustrated as they don't know if Canucks are going to renew. So to say they were in Chicago together awhile back and have a story out yesterday stating frustration kinda debunks this.
The Canuck Brass was there Wednesday, after the Canucks game. There was meetings, and in an interview with MG, he stated they have a great relationship, although never stated anything about the Canucks staying in CHI.

Originally Posted by heatfan63 View Post
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.
I agree with this... and it makes total sense IF the AHL does start to move out west. As right now Abby's travel schedule is terrible.

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