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03-21-2013, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by LadyStanley View Post
It's been argued/rumored for at least a decade that (especially California) NHL teams have considered relocating their AHL franchises "closer" to their NHL parent.

Speaking for the Sharks and their franchise (owned by parent team, Kentucky, Ohio, and now Massachusetts), that one reason they selected New England was for the proximity to other teams (usually less than 2 hours travel time each way). This leads to lessened travel expenses AND sufficient time for practice.

Until and if other NHL western franchises **commit** to moving their franchises (lets say to Fresno, Reno, Portland OR, Seattle and/or Sacramento among the candidate cities) to get a reasonable grouping for bus travel, I just don't see it.
While it would be cool for at least a couple AHL teams to be out West, like even Utah again, seems to me, that it is actually less expensive for teams like the Sharks and the Kings to have their AHL teams close together in NE or NY or wherever back there, since, the travel cost within the league, is a lot less, often, unless they're playing back to back, teams from Rochester to Portland, will take a bus back home, instead of staying in hotel rooms. I don't know what % the NHL team, has to help $wise with the AHL team, but, that part, I'm sure is something that they keep in mind

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