They also are or already have renovated the Cox Center correct? That was one of the Oilers reservations about playing there originally.
Yeah I do not imagine an NBA team will share with an AHL team. Though I guess you never know. I believe the Staples Center in Los Angeles is the home of the LA Clippers, LA Lakers and the LA Kings of the NHL.
Edit - Nevermind I found a link about the Cox Convention Center renovations.
What's going to being interesting is how the structure of the organization is going to shake out.
Yeah I have been wondering a little about that as well. I mean obviously the Oilers will be in charge of the players, player procurement, the coaching staff and that sort of thing. But I wonder how it works beyond that? I know some clubs like say the Hershey Bears the local group makes good money and actually kick extra money above and beyond their affiliation fees to the Washington Capitals. Which is used to go after high profile AHL free agents and probably other operating perks for the team. So in essence Hershey is paying for at least a couple of the players themselves and probably have some say in who to get. I am just not sure how that sort of thing works and probably differs somewhat between team to team. It seems like when the parent club actually owns the AHL team they are pretty heavily involved in everything. As opposed to for example Springfield where the local group owns the AHL team. They had minimal input into the team on the ice but also could not afford to pay anything towards player salaries.
My impression is that Prodigal just may run the day to day operations with Edmonton running the rest of the show.
Yeah that is sort of what I figured. Like dealing with concessions, tickets, event staff and that type of thing. I think the Oilers will be pretty hands on with just about everything else.
I am interested to see what kind of schedule they work out. From some fans comments the Falcons play the same close teams all the time to save money on travel. Maybe the Oil will spring for more travel and variety of opponents. Though I guess you do not want to over do the travel and have no practice time either. A delicate balance I suppose.
It doesn't seem fair that Calgary got a team in Abbottsford. Couldn't the Oilers have found somewhere less than 3000k's away, or a more desirable city to visit?
Well the Oilers have been searching for a long time for the right place to put the team. OKC had better attendance numbers for a CHL team than most AHL clubs can muster. They are renovating their building. It seems like a really good situation with a solid fan base in place. I believe I heard it is about 1,000 miles closer than Springfield. It is not much but they even get a little closer.
Maybe I am not as picky as you are. But OKC seems like it would be a fine city to visit on a trip down there.
From what I hear Abbotsford have not been that terribly supportive of the AHL team (according to the owner of the ECHL Salmon Kings when asked if they would convert to an AHL team recently). It remains to be seen whether that will be a good fit besides anything more than geographically.
Originally Posted by hockeyaddict101
I am pretty sure that I posted an article which talked about renovations, including the ice plant a while back.