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01-17-2012, 10:43 PM
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Wheeling Nailers for sale

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It is with no pleasure that I break this news, Nailers Nation. Rob and Jim Brooks have put the team up for sale effective immediately.
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If there is no owner found (preferably local), the Nailers will go dark following this, the 20th season of hockey in Wheeling.

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01-17-2012, 10:50 PM
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Awful news. Hope something can be done.

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Cue Ron & Mario.

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Cue Ron & Mario.
I can't see it happening although that'd be fantastic. I tweeted BizNasty telling him to buy the Nailers lol.

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I can't see it happening although that'd be fantastic. I tweeted BizNasty telling him to buy the Nailers lol.
What is the franchise even worth these days. I'll look it up in the meantime.

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01-18-2012, 12:02 AM
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No great loss because the Wheeling Civic Center is a joke of an arena. Any Pro team deserves better than playing home games out of that arena. Fort Wayne is mentioned as a place they might move to and having seen NCAA hockey games out of Fort Wayne recently, that arena puts Wheeling to shame.

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They could play at Blade Runners in Cranberry. Rename them the Yuppies or something.

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Why is this bad news?

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01-18-2012, 07:52 AM
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Anytime a hockey franchise closes it is sad. The hockey fans in that area lose out. On the other hand, I think that it would be funny if the Penguins did purchase the Nailers after the article that Shawn Rines wrote last season about the Penguins not caring about the Wheeling Nailers.

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01-18-2012, 08:45 AM
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but few ECHL franchises are even profitable in year to year operations.

The majority of those who own ECHL teams make so much money in their other ventures that it doesn't matter if they lose millions at year because of the team.

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Onto the heartless part of this. If Wheeling closes its doors, that would mean that Pittsburgh would need to find an ECHL affiliate. Where would be the most likely candidates? Toledo, Cincinnati, and Reading come to mind off the top of my head. Elmira is also a tempting idea.

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How many prospects does Pittsburgh have in the ECHL besides Killeen?

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How many prospects does Pittsburgh have in the ECHL besides Killeen?
This season, none. However, you could always get into a situation where you want to have several veterans on the AHL team which means the rookies can play in the ECHL. Plus it is a nice place to sign college free agents and see how they develop, i. e. Street and Letestu.

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No great loss because the Wheeling Civic Center is a joke of an arena. Any Pro team deserves better than playing home games out of that arena. Fort Wayne is mentioned as a place they might move to and having seen NCAA hockey games out of Fort Wayne recently, that arena puts Wheeling to shame.
disagree sharply. old time arenas have a certain charm to them. Especially given the fact that Wheeling CC does not have NHL regulation size ice. As fan friendly as CEC is, it definitely lacks the charm of the Civic Arena. For ECHL, that's part of the draw as well...

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I would miss them cuz it's a great cheap time. We found a deal online for 4 tix for $24. We say right behind the bench. Who cares about the rink?

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I would miss them cuz it's a great cheap time. We found a deal online for 4 tix for $24. We say right behind the bench. Who cares about the rink?
Absolutely. Not to mention dollar beer nights.

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Lets all throw in & buy them!!!! I got like 250. Let's make it happen.

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Lets all throw in & buy them!!!! I got like 250. Let's make it happen.
I'll donate my change jar.

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Lets all throw in & buy them!!!! I got like 250. Let's make it happen.
We could have a bake sale. I make some awesome peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.

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We could have a bake sale. I make some awesome peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
Actually, I think the idea of a community owned team like the Green Bay Packers is interesting. What would we call our ownership group? HF Penguins?

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I'd put in some money towards that. Why not have the fans of Pittsburgh buy it as a thanks to their development work.

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We could also do a car wash.

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We could also do a car wash.
I nominate eXile59 as the CEO/Governor. After all, it was his idea.

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I'd put in some money towards that. Why not have the fans of Pittsburgh buy it as a thanks to their development work.
The idea is good, but the logistics would be difficult to manage. I am not sure about the ECHL, but the NPHL's business model requires new owners to pay a $40,000 entry fee as well as posting a $240,000 security bond and an annual operating budget of $250,000. The NPHL is most likely cheaper than the ECHL. So we are looking at raising $530,000 for a new franchise in the NPHL. I doubt that the Brooks Brothers are selling out cheap either.

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The idea is good, but the logistics would be difficult to manage. I am not sure about the ECHL, but the NPHL's business model requires new owners to pay a $40,000 entry fee as well as posting a $240,000 security bond and an annual operating budget of $250,000. The NPHL is most likely cheaper than the ECHL. So we are looking at raising $530,000 for a new franchise in the NPHL. I doubt that the Brooks Brothers are selling out cheap either.
That's a lot of cookies. Maybe we should do a crack sale instead.

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