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02-26-2013, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by JawandaPuck View Post
The limited revenue potential of AHL teams ensures that travel costs are a huge expense line item, making west coast re-location for the most part, prohibitive. (Abbotsford BC is an example of a municipal government subsidized exception.)

Los Angeles and San Jose both have east coast AHL affiliates (in fact, not that far from Portland ME), and Vancouver's is in distant Chicago.
There's a report that the Abbotsford Heat might be relocating to Utica, NY;

If it happens, it would further kill the possibiliy of a Seattle NHL team (or any other NHL team) having a western AHL affiliate. Consider that the Heat are in the same division as teams based out of Cleveland, Hamilton, Rochester, and Toronto and currently the only AHL team west of the Central Time Zone. Unless there was a block of AHL teams willing to go west, say 5 which enough to fill a division, and they were relatively close together - it financially won't work.

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