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03-29-2013, 05:30 PM
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Originally Posted by HansH View Post
Unless those Houston or Portland lease issues fail to get resolved -- that's two franchises right there that could be targets for a Peoria-based effort.
I've heard the Wild are looking heavily at Des Moines, so I don't see the Aeros going to Peoria. Des Moines is about 4 hours from Saint Paul, so the geographical alignment works better there than it does in Peoria. With Des Moines having more Wild fans in their region, I think that might help with generating local fan interest.

I don't know much about Portland's situation. Peoria has had decent attendance, but they were always rumored to be on the chopping block...even back when the Quad Cities had AHL hockey. A move to the ECHL would be Peoria's safest bet, IMO.

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