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03-17-2014, 05:35 PM
Tommy Hawk
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Changing affiliations is irrelevant. The Bears have had many different affiliation but they have always been the Bears in Hershey.

How many other teams have been in the same location with the same name?

The Ottawa Senators were no longer in existence but now they are but with a different license.

A team that existed then doesn't is folded. They ceased operations. The Ice Cats ceased operations. The Iowa Chops ceased operations. All the teams that no longer exist because they were bought and moved ceased operations.

The only reason to call it moving or to have some lame "continuously operating" angle is to give the lcoals a sense of stability. The stability issue is why Bettman tries so hard to not fold and relocate franchises. Any league where there is an appearance of instability has a higher chance of financial troubles.

You can call it relocate all you want but the legal entity and the entire organization that ran most of those teams folded up shop and took their pucks and went home.

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