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01-19-2014, 09:22 AM
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Roadman
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It is a business, and as such needs to make money. In order to do that the team has to win games. Until such time as the Blue Jackets own their own AHL team (as other teams have done) it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure, to the best of his ability, his franchise makes a buck. Those interests may or may not always coincide with the priorities of the affiliated NHL team.

It is a fine line that has to be walked. If the opportunity for the prospects is not there there won't be a desirable affiliation. But at the same time a successful and winning program develops a successful and winning atmosphere which develops a successful and winning mindset in the player. Competition for playing time is not a bad thing whether it's against career AHL'ers or other prospects. But no ice time at all is not a good thing either.

A very fine line and a very tough call at times.

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