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BeerGuyJordan    914

Hardly a surprise, but Colorado will officially be the AHL's 31st franchise, beginning next season.

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BeerGuyJordan    914

I'm curious about how Colorado will affect alignment. The way I see it there are 2 options.

 

1. Put them in the Pacific. Push the Stars and Rampage to Central and then Cleveland to the east.

 

2. Pop them in Central and call it a day.

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the admiral    10,632

Scenario 1 makes the most sense, though sense is relative when it comes to the modern AHL footprint.

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Sodboy13    2,629

I read earlier this week from our esteemed leader they're just going to plop the Eagles in the Pacific and make it a 9-team division with some teams playing fewer games than others, because :censored: you, that's why.

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BeerGuyJordan    914
16 hours ago, Sodboy13 said:

I read earlier this week from our esteemed leader they're just going to plop the Eagles in the Pacific and make it a 9-team division with some teams playing fewer games than others, because :censored: you, that's why.

So basically just add Colorado to the Pacific, then? The Stars and Rampage already play more games than the other 6 in the division.

 

I hate having to pull up the calculator on my phone, just to figure out the standings in my team's division.

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the admiral    10,632

I've never been quite sure about the ECHL. It has no use as a prospect incubator (anyone worth a damn is stocked in the American, major-junior, college, or Europe) but never quite got to the blood-and-gore depths of the U-Haul or the LNAH. I suppose, if anything, it's found its calling as the inheritor of the legacy AHL towns, but even that's kind of a dodgy half-measure.

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Sodboy13    2,629

I guess its main use in the system is to give your 4th goalie regular starts.

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BeerGuyJordan    914
On 10/14/2017 at 12:03 PM, the admiral said:

I've never been quite sure about the ECHL. It has no use as a prospect incubator (anyone worth a damn is stocked in the American, major-junior, college, or Europe) but never quite got to the blood-and-gore depths of the U-Haul or the LNAH. I suppose, if anything, it's found its calling as the inheritor of the legacy AHL towns, but even that's kind of a dodgy half-measure.

Like @Sodboy13 said, its only real usefulness to the NHL is for goalies. Aside from that, it's primarily just a development program for AHL level contracts.

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