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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2014, 03:23:31 PM »
The 2014 AHL silly season has started. The Flames have announced that they will be relocating from Abbotsford. Utica might be next as the Canucks were looking at Abbotsford last season after buying the old Peoria franchise.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=449430

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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2014, 10:35:49 PM »
So the carousel has settled for now. The Canucks will not be moving out of Utica. The Flames will be relocating to Glens Falls, NY. The city has been home to the Adirondack Phantoms for the last 5 years, but the Flyers always intended to move to Allentown once a new rink was ready, which it now is.

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Abbotsford Heat (CGY) > Glens Falls, NY
Adirondack Phantoms (PHI) > Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Allentown, PA)

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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2014, 01:32:30 AM »
Changes coming for AHL, ECHL franchises as NHL teams seek out new affiliations for developing their prospects, and then some...

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/western-expansion-driving-proposed-overhaul-to-ahl--echl--and-chl-in-2015-16-091626868.html

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #18 on: August 11, 2014, 07:03:32 PM »
This has been talked about for a few years. However, they have also stated that the league will not go beyond the 30 teams, unless the NHL expands. Can't see extra teams being added anywhere. Could see the Central and ECHL merging though. That would give the western ECHL some closer opponents.

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« Reply #19 on: November 23, 2014, 11:20:06 AM »
Attendance record for a U.S. indoor hockey game,  between the AHL's Syracuse Crunch & the Utica Comets, in Syracuse, N.Y.  Attendance was 30,715.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=740540.

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #20 on: January 09, 2015, 11:41:56 AM »
So the Anaheim's AHL team will be changing coasts, going from Norfolk to San Diego:

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/08/report-norfolk-admirals-moving-to-san-diego/

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« Reply #21 on: January 21, 2015, 07:59:24 PM »
So the Anaheim's AHL team will be changing coasts, going from Norfolk to San Diego:

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2015/01/08/report-norfolk-admirals-moving-to-san-diego/

The Sharks are moving their AHL affiliate cross-country as well. Worcester is moving to San Jose and the Sharks will share their building with their farm team, creating a unique situation. Expect a name change as they both can't be named the "San Jose Sharks".

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2015, 08:38:13 PM »
Setting up the new AHL west coast conference. It's too bad, a few good, long term AHL markets will lose their teams.

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #23 on: January 29, 2015, 08:41:20 PM »
It's been speculated for a few years, but today it became official. 5 AHL teams are on the move west for 2015-16.

Norfolk Admirals (ANH) > San Diego Gulls
Adirondack Flames (CGY) > Stockton Heat
Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)> Bakersfield Condors
Manchester Monarchs (LA) > Ontario Reign
Worcester Sharks (SJ) > San Jose

The 1st 4 cities all have history in the IHL (San Diego) or the ECHL. Stockton, Bakersfield, and Ontario all have current ECHL teams. It is speculated (not in this link) that the ECHL franchises will move into the displaced markets.
 
http://theahl.com/ahl-approves-formation-of-pacific-division-p196033
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« Reply #24 on: March 12, 2015, 08:45:09 PM »
The rumours have been swirling for the last week and today the hammer dropped. The Hamilton Bulldogs are now under the ownership of the Montreal Canadiens. The franchise is on the move as they will become the St. Johns IceCaps for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The current incarnation of the IceCaps, which is owned by the Winnipeg Jets is moving back to Winnipeg effective next year. I suspect that they will go back to the Manitoba Moose name and colours, but I haven't seen anything official on that front.

This was all set about as the current Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer has executed a purchase and relocation of the Belleville Bulls. They will play out of Copps next season under the Bulldogs name.

http://ontariohockeyleague.com/article/ohl-board-of-governors-approve-transfer-of-ownership-and-relocation-to-hamilton/166024

http://theahl.com/ahl-announces-franchise-transactions-p196769

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #25 on: March 12, 2015, 08:51:25 PM »
The rumours have been swirling for the last week and today the hammer dropped. The Hamilton Bulldogs are now under the ownership of the Montreal Canadiens. The franchise is on the move as they will become the St. Johns IceCaps for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. The current incarnation of the IceCaps, which is owned by the Winnipeg Jets is moving back to Winnipeg effective next year. I suspect that they will go back to the Manitoba Moose name and colours, but I haven't seen anything official on that front.

This was all set about as the current Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer has executed a purchase and relocation of the Belleville Bulls. They will play out of Copps next season under the Bulldogs name.

http://ontariohockeyleague.com/article/ohl-board-of-governors-approve-transfer-of-ownership-and-relocation-to-hamilton/166024

http://theahl.com/ahl-announces-franchise-transactions-p196769

Overall I like all of these moves.  If Quebec City fails to acquire an NHL franchise despite their new arena I wonder if Montreal works out a move to put their AHL team in Quebec city down the road.

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #26 on: March 12, 2015, 08:53:41 PM »
There's been talk of a new rink in Laval that is to be managed by the Habs. That is the expected destination. The Jets are still hoping to relocate to Thunder Bay, but last I heard a shovel hasn't gone in the ground there.

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #27 on: March 12, 2015, 09:38:20 PM »
There's been talk of a new rink in Laval that is to be managed by the Habs. That is the expected destination. The Jets are still hoping to relocate to Thunder Bay, but last I heard a shovel hasn't gone in the ground there.

Yeah the expectation is that Laval will be ready for 16-17 and the Habs will go there so their AHL team is close by, like a lot of teams are doing. St. John's will just be a placeholder for them. Not sure what happens to hockey there after though.

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #28 on: March 12, 2015, 11:15:53 PM »
There's been talk of a new rink in Laval that is to be managed by the Habs. That is the expected destination. The Jets are still hoping to relocate to Thunder Bay, but last I heard a shovel hasn't gone in the ground there.

Yeah the expectation is that Laval will be ready for 16-17 and the Habs will go there so their AHL team is close by, like a lot of teams are doing. St. John's will just be a placeholder for them. Not sure what happens to hockey there after though.

Yes, the Bulldogs are a 2 year placeholder. More local rumours have Danny Williams trying to acquire one of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Albany Devils, though that was before this announcement. The Senators franchise in Binghamton has also been a potential target as they have the lowest attendance in the league. This gives them two more years to search for a more permanent franchise.

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Re: AHL Franchise News
« Reply #29 on: March 13, 2015, 08:12:01 AM »
There's been talk of a new rink in Laval that is to be managed by the Habs. That is the expected destination. The Jets are still hoping to relocate to Thunder Bay, but last I heard a shovel hasn't gone in the ground there.

Funding for the arena and events centre has been disapproved by the government. The project is close to dead. The City is still pursuing it, but will have to look at alternative funding sources now. It's a very political situation too with many residents opposed due to increased taxes, arena location, etc.

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