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13 minutes ago, kiwi_canadian said:

 

Apparently the Eagles did try and return it but the ECHL never responded.

 

https://www.coloradoeagles.com/news/detail/statement-from-eagles-owner-martin-lind-regarding-kelly-cup

 

We totally were waiting for you at the Applebees, why didn't you come?

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1 hour ago, kiwi_canadian said:

 

Apparently the Eagles did try and return it but the ECHL never responded.

 

https://www.coloradoeagles.com/news/detail/statement-from-eagles-owner-martin-lind-regarding-kelly-cup

They said in the article that the Eagles claim they've tried to return it, but how can you fail at that? Pay someone to drive it to the ECHL office (which I can only assume is inside a Wendy's somewhere).

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On 6/2/2019 at 9:09 AM, rams80 said:

 

We totally were waiting for you at the Applebees, why didn't you come?

Maybe the team thought they went to Chili's? 

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Bennigans. Come on, y'all. The e-vite clearly states Bennigans.

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No, no, no. The invite clearly said "Butt:censored:ers"

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The Vegas Golden Knights have announced the purchase of the American Hockey League franchise operating rights currently held by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, as well as their intention to apply for relocation of said team to Nevada in time for the 2020-2021 AHL season. Following approval of the purchase and relocation by the AHL Board of Governors, it is expected that the team - currently operating as the San Antonio Rampage - will be headquartered and practice at Lifeguard Arena, the new community hockey center being built by the Golden Knights in Henderson, Nevada. While no decision has been finalized regarding where the AHL team would play its home schedule in Nevada, reports have suggested the Orleans Arena as a possible venue.

Vegas Golden Knights Purchase AHL Franchise Membership
Golden Knights bringing minor league team to Las Vegas     

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls... please welcome to the ice... yooooouuuur Nevada Silver Squires!!!!!!!"

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I’m quite surprised at the team to be moving would be San Antonio. Haven’t the Stockton Heat (well, their owners in the Calgary Flames) been silent on re-upping in Stockton?

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5 hours ago, Brian in Boston said:

The Vegas Golden Knights have announced the purchase of the American Hockey League franchise operating rights currently held by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, as well as their intention to apply for relocation of said team to Nevada in time for the 2020-2021 AHL season. Following approval of the purchase and relocation by the AHL Board of Governors, it is expected that the team - currently operating as the San Antonio Rampage - will be headquartered and practice at Lifeguard Arena, the new community hockey center being built by the Golden Knights in Henderson, Nevada. While no decision has been finalized regarding where the AHL team would play its home schedule in Nevada, reports have suggested the Orleans Arena as a possible venue.

Vegas Golden Knights Purchase AHL Franchise Membership
Golden Knights bringing minor league team to Las Vegas     

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls... please welcome to the ice... yooooouuuur Nevada Silver Squires!!!!!!!"

 

My three predictions:

 

The Wolves dissolve or move to the ECHL and dissolve after a couple years.

 

Vancouver pulls the plug on Utica as they are the oddball now.

 

The Blues purchase the Kansas City Mavericks and move them to the AHL.

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The Blues lack the money to own an AHL team.

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7 hours ago, rams80 said:

The Blues lack the money to own an AHL team.

They were sending players to San Antonio, who had an arrangement with Colorado.

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7 hours ago, sohiosportsfreak said:

 

My three predictions:

 

The Wolves dissolve or move to the ECHL and dissolve after a couple years.

 

Vancouver pulls the plug on Utica as they are the oddball now.

 

The Blues purchase the Kansas City Mavericks and move them to the AHL.

The Wolves arent going anywhere. They are a good draw and hold their own in the Chicago market.If anything I see them hooking up with St Louis again since the Blues will be losing their affiliate in San Antonio. I think if San Antonio still wants hockey under a different ownership from the Spurs, then the ECHL will probably be it. The ECHL has room for expansion and a team there will work in a thinning western conference. Itd be a great rivalry for Allen. I think Vancouver is still committed to Utica for now but I could see them moving the Comets probably to Vancouver or Abbotsford. Putting them at Pacific Coliseum could work but can Vancouver support the Canucks, an AHL club, and the Giants in nearby Langley? The Mavericks arent going anywhere I dont see them going to the AHL. Ownership is commited to the ECHL. As for Calgary and Stockton, I know they are having arena issues in Stockton and Calgary can never seem to hold an a affiliate in a market for long but their time in Stockton has actually lasted longer than i thought they would. If they are looking to move to be closer to Calgary Im not sure where they would go. Maybe Billings could work? Finally from what I heard the San Jose Barracuda will likely be moving to a new, 4,200 seat arena as part of a Sharks Ice complex in San Jose, so apparently they are staying in San Jose.

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13 hours ago, Brian in Boston said:

The Vegas Golden Knights have announced the purchase of the American Hockey League franchise operating rights currently held by Spurs Sports & Entertainment, as well as their intention to apply for relocation of said team to Nevada in time for the 2020-2021 AHL season. Following approval of the purchase and relocation by the AHL Board of Governors, it is expected that the team - currently operating as the San Antonio Rampage - will be headquartered and practice at Lifeguard Arena, the new community hockey center being built by the Golden Knights in Henderson, Nevada. While no decision has been finalized regarding where the AHL team would play its home schedule in Nevada, reports have suggested the Orleans Arena as a possible venue.

Vegas Golden Knights Purchase AHL Franchise Membership
Golden Knights bringing minor league team to Las Vegas     

"Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls... please welcome to the ice... yooooouuuur Nevada Silver Squires!!!!!!!"

 

travel is going to be a nightmare for the Texas Stars, but this way, they are mimicking their parent team.  

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13 hours ago, sohiosportsfreak said:

 

My three predictions:

 

The Wolves dissolve or move to the ECHL and dissolve after a couple years.

 

Vancouver pulls the plug on Utica as they are the oddball now.

 

The Blues purchase the Kansas City Mavericks and move them to the AHL.

I really doubt the Canucks would pull the plug in Utica. The team is stable, the fan support there is awesome, and the kids over there can focus on playing and developing outside the fishbowl of BC

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2 minutes ago, Chromatic said:

I really doubt the Canucks would pull the plug in Utica. The team is stable, the fan support there is awesome, and the kids over there can focus on playing and developing outside the fishbowl of BC

Even if the Canucks move the AHL team closer to home, I think they'll buy an ECHL team, moving and rebranding them with the Comets identity.

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It will be hilarious if the Blues have to go back to the Wolves for their affiliation, given that the two organizations hated each other by the time their deal ended. It will be far less amusing if Dave Andrews uses this as an opportunity to force the Wolves out of the league as his last action before he :censored: s off into the sunset.

 

The Blues have little other choice, though. As @rams80 noted, the reason they got stuck with the Wolves the first time around is because they "couldn't afford" to own and operate the Peoria Rivermen anymore, so they sold the Rivs to Vancouver. Maybe the coffers are a bit more full after the Cup, but this is a franchise that was cool with casting its prospects to the four winds until San Antonio opened up, so I doubt it.

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I vote for a Blues AHL franchise to be in Saskatoon, lol

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The Blues' only choice is the Wolves, which is why I think the Wolves will be in the ECHL. 

 

Other than that, it's either forming a new team or helping an ECHL team move up. Maybe they will put a team back in Lexington. I'd love to see the Thoroughblades come back!

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