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12-21-2006, 06:15 PM
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Just to clarify -- affiliations in the ECHL are a far different creature than affiliations in the AHL. The Rangers may be affiliated with the Charlotte Checkers, but have no ownership stake in them (that I can recall) -- so there is no reason whatsoever to think that that would lead to the Checkers being the team targeted for a move. Also, ECHL teams are not required to have an NHL affiliation, unlike AHL teams -- so losing the Rangers' affiliation wouldn't put any kinks into the Checkers' off-ice business workings -- they'd just get another one, or go indy for a while.

There are a couple of dormant ECHL franchises, but most of those are ticketed for destinations already -- it would be just as likely that the Rangers might look at a struggling existing franchise for relocation to Brooklyn -- the Greensboro ECHL talk is already creating speculation as to which of the weakest sisters might be prime for relocation.

My personal speculation involves Pensacola, Augusta, or Cincinnati (all facing attendance problems from the minor to the massive), or even the Devils selling ECHL Trenton to the Rangers once they move their AHL franchise from Lowell to Trenton.

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