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03-18-2013, 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Rocko604 View Post
Wouldn't that leave Calgary without an affiliate? As an executive from the Abbotsford Heat told me on March 1st, with Ryan Walter standing there, the Heat are locally owned. So, if Calgary has a plan of them playing somewhere else, they'd apparently have to buy out the local owners first.

Media in Vancouver is nearly militant in believing this too, so when they talked about it, all that has to happen is Calgary leaving and the Canucks sliding right in as the franchise itself wouldn't leave Abby.
Not exactly true.....the AHL franchise is owned by both the Flames and local owners, but don't the scenario I mentioned Peoria leaves the AHL making their franchise available for purchase. Either the Flames are bought out by local owners and then the Flames buy the Peoria franchise OR the Flames buy out the local owners and move to Utica with the local guys getting Peoria franchise by themselves or maybe in partnership with Canucks.

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