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05-04-2016, 03:32 PM
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Pirates Moving To Springfield

WCSH 6 ‏@WCSH6 23m23 minutes ago
RT @wcshsportsguy: **BREAKING** NEWS CENTER has learned The @PortlandPirates are leaving forSpringfield for next season. #mesports

Wow, didn't see this coming.

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http://www.pressherald.com/2016/05/0...leaving-maine/

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Good for Springfield.

They should now be called the Eddie Shores.

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I'm surprised that happened so fast.
Now I wonder where the LV AHL team is going to go, they were suppose to be in Springfield b/c of MGM.

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So much for that hockey hotbed that is Portland...should've known something like this would possibly happen based on the dealings with the arena a couple of seasons ago.

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I'm surprised that happened so fast.
Now I wonder where the LV AHL team is going to go, they were suppose to be in Springfield b/c of MGM.
I would bet great amounts of money that if Vegas gets an NHL team their AHL affiliate will be nowhere near Springfield, MA...

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I would bet great amounts of money that if Vegas gets an NHL team their AHL affiliate will be nowhere near Springfield, MA...
I'll go out on a limb and say they'll be in San Antonio to start.

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Does open up Portland for the ECHL. I don't know if I see an AHL team moving in there. I knew the AHL would go out of its way to make sure a team stayed in Springfield.



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Does open up Portland for the ECHL. I don't know if I see an AHL team moving in there. I knew the AHL would go out of its way to make sure a team stayed in Springfield.



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Honestly, I wonder if this will open the door to the QMJHL. I know they've tried Maine before, but they have some really struggling franchises and nowhere left to go in Canada. Being the only part of the CHL without any American franchises, this might be an enticing spot to expand their footprint.

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I would bet great amounts of money that if Vegas gets an NHL team their AHL affiliate will be nowhere near Springfield, MA...
All I know is when the Sale of the Falcons first became public there a widely spread rumor was that if the Falcons left they might be replaced with the New AHL affiliate of the LV team, now it obviously isn't happening.

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Honestly, I wonder if this will open the door to the QMJHL. I know they've tried Maine before, but they have some really struggling franchises and nowhere left to go in Canada. Being the only part of the CHL without any American franchises, this might be an enticing spot to expand their footprint.


If the QMJHL could add about 4 US teams from former AHL cities (Portland, Manchester, Glen's Falls, etc. )it would really help attract top American prospects to the league and make the league stronger, ideally the Q could have a 20 team league made up of 10 Quebec based teams, 6 maritime and 4 US

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If Bruce Landon is behind the Portland Pirates moving to Springfield

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If the QMJHL could add about 4 US teams from former AHL cities (Portland, Manchester, Glen's Falls, etc. )it would really help attract top American prospects to the league and make the league stronger, ideally the Q could have a 20 team league made up of 10 Quebec based teams, 6 maritime and 4 US
All good options. I think if the Q could catch on in Portland, a second crack at Lewiston might work out better than the first try. An intra-Maine rivalry could be big!

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Does this mean that a certain poster will have to stop referring to the AHL as "our league"?

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Surprising, but not shocking given the acrimony a few years ago over the CCCC.

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Does this mean that a certain poster will have to stop referring to the AHL as "our league"?
I actually feel really, really bad for Hutch today.

Even if he went to like two games in 23 years.

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If the QMJHL could add about 4 US teams from former AHL cities (Portland, Manchester, Glen's Falls, etc. )it would really help attract top American prospects to the league and make the league stronger, ideally the Q could have a 20 team league made up of 10 Quebec based teams, 6 maritime and 4 US
Would love to see the Q go to Portland, and teams in the above cities would also wrap up those states as QMJHL territory, (NY being probably most important) whereas now players from there can sign in any CHL league, including the OHL. I am doubtful it will happen though.

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All I know is when the Sale of the Falcons first became public there a widely spread rumor was that if the Falcons left they might be replaced with the New AHL affiliate of the LV team, now it obviously isn't happening.
That just means I have lots of potential people to bet with and collect money from.

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I can see the Panthers staying with Springfield. The Lightning just re-signed a lease with Syracuse.

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Landon is a part owner of the franchise which was sold by Portland to Springfield.

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Would the USHL be interested in a market like Portland, Maine?

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Would the USHL be interested in a market like Portland, Maine?
Would the USHL be interested? Yes.

Would the city of Portland be interrested when they can do much better with regards to leagues and talent level like an ECHL or QMJHL team? No.

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Would the USHL be interested? Yes.
That's likely a "no" answer. Closest team would be in eastern Ohio. Portland is not a fit for their current footprint.

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Would the USHL be interested in a market like Portland, Maine?
No. Check the league's footprint.

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Sounds like the Panthers got blindsided.

http://panthers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=881488

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