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06-14-2012, 10:43 AM
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It's official. Tampa switches to Syracuse.

Wow

Sucks for Ads fans. They dealt with bad TB teams for awhile. At least the squad gave them something to be proud of before splitting.

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06-14-2012, 12:18 PM
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Let's see how they do aligned with the Ducks now....

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The $500 million dollar question is how long will it take old man Howie Dolgon to throw TB under the bus???

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I want them to make two AHL teams in Florida, one for Tampa and one for the Panthers

Orlando affiliates with Tampa and Florida affiliates with the Everblades, but all they have to do is move them to the AHL.

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I want them to make two AHL teams in Florida, one for Tampa and one for the Panthers

Orlando affiliates with Tampa and Florida affiliates with the Everblades, but all they have to do is move them to the AHL.
Us ECHL people could only wish.

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Not going to happen this year or probably next but at some point a team in the south may want an AHL affiliate in the ATL area. Perhaps in the future Nashville lets go of Milwaukee and Gwinnett makes the jump to the AHL.

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I know this is beating a dead horse, but teams can't just "jump" into the AHL...there needs to be an available AHL franchise to be purchased and moved.

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I know this is beating a dead horse, but teams can't just "jump" into the AHL...there needs to be an available AHL franchise to be purchased and moved.
I'm aware of this I was just using that terminology.

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Not going to happen this year or probably next but at some point a team in the south may want an AHL affiliate in the ATL area. Perhaps in the future Nashville lets go of Milwaukee and Gwinnett makes the jump to the AHL.
Milwaukee has 2 or 3 more years to go on their affiliation. An affiliation that started in 1998. That makes 14 years so far, on the way to 17. Must be one of the longest affiliations in the AHL at 11 years.

It is 250 miles from Nashville to Atlanta, 550 to Milwaukee. That is only 1/2 hour more by air.

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Not going to happen this year or probably next but at some point a team in the south may want an AHL affiliate in the ATL area. Perhaps in the future Nashville lets go of Milwaukee and Gwinnett makes the jump to the AHL.
So, they want to have an outpost franchise faced with the same problems that caused Tampa to jump ship from Norfolk?

I think this move by Tampa just disproves the idea that all NHL franchises want to have their affiliates closer to the parent franchise.

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Congrats Thrash, you got a Milwaukee and a Chicago fan to agree on something!

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So, they want to have an outpost franchise faced with the same problems that caused Tampa to jump ship from Norfolk?

I think this move by Tampa just disproves the idea that all NHL franchises want to have their affiliates closer to the parent franchise.
The problem is, with Norfolk's cup run, all of Tampa's arguments were rendered completely worthless. It makes the entire organization look like a bunch of tools now. The whole situation was poorly handled and I can guarantee it might end up doing more harm than good to their player development. I hope the Syracuse shift turns into an absolute catastrophe for Tampa.

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I actually do think they all want their affiliates closer. But out West you find a hard time making places so close so guys can get that regular practice time.

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06-15-2012, 03:31 AM
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I think it makes sense to have an affiliate at a central location and a major hub. Easy to get players on flights and same flight time to pretty much anywhere. You never know when you're going to need a player and you never know where the NHL and AHL team will be playing.

Calgary could need a player while they're in Detroit and Abbotsford is at home. Long flight. Vancouver could need a player while they're in St. Louis. Short flight.

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06-15-2012, 09:52 PM
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What a slap in the face, pretty classless IMO..

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I actually do think they all want their affiliates closer. But out West you find a hard time making places so close so guys can get that regular practice time.
I didn't realize tampa was in the west.......

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What a slap in the face, pretty classless IMO..
Totally agree......

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"Look at the teams that are on top," said Bob Ferguson, Anaheim's liaison with Syracuse who visited Norfolk during the season. "They're all clubs that have to travel. And we're teaching these guys to be professionals. They'll be traveling in the National Hockey League."
And most of the teams in the west travel and the west usually is the much stronger conference up and down all the teams...

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I think this move by Tampa just disproves the idea that all NHL franchises want to have their affiliates closer to the parent franchise.
Last yr when PHX chose Portland, Maloney noted going that far because of the travel out East v West and getting in more practice days.

Also, that's rough for Ads fans. Changing affiliations can be tough enough (well, sometimes), but having to say goodbye to those guys so soon after? Ouch.

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Very tough break for Ads fans......but classless? It's business.....Tampa wasn't going to say "Okay, we won it all so now we have to put the move off for a year so it doesn't look bad". This wasn't a shock.....it's been rumored for awhile now....don't know if it would have been better if they announced it earlier.

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06-17-2012, 09:42 PM
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Agree, this has been in the works for awhile.

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06-18-2012, 08:45 AM
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I can understand Admirals fans being upset by this and feeling a bit betrayed. As a Lightning fan I'm not overly thrilled by it. Mostly because of Dolgon.

But classless? From all indications, this was a done deal well before the streak. Lightning management had made a decision. Were they supposed to say forget it because Norfolk had a great season? Were they supposed to wait another month before they announced the change. From most of what I've read on AdmiralsZone the fans wanted to know one way or the other and they wanted to know sooner rather than later.

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06-18-2012, 11:11 AM
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Just gonna mirror what's already been said I guess. We've heard about a possible move for a long time.

This wouldn't be a discussion if Norfolk had been out in the first round. It was likely all but done well before the end of the season. But let's wish bad on the organization because they stuck with it after winning!

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