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Old 02-24-2013, 02:49 PM
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Rumor: Hockey Coming Back to Utica, NY for 2013-14

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No longer rumor, but fact - professional hockey will once again be on display in New York's Mohawk Valley. An American Hockey League affiliate will be in operation for the 2013-2014 season. The Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League's western conference will be developing their talent in the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Utica last had an AHL team during the 1992-'93 season , the final season of the New Jersey Devils six-season run at the Aud.

Here's what we do know, according to a reliable source. A 10-year deal has been struck with the Flames. There had been discussion in previous months that an AHL affiliate could be relocated to Utica, but not until the 2014-'15 season, due to scheduling issues. As far as any opt-out clause in the deal, I don't know for sure if or when one has been added. However, you would think an escape route, for both parties ( local operators and the Flames ) would/should want one. 10 years is infinity and beyond in any relationship.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:47 PM
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Rumors flying first were of the Rangers farm team coming. But i guess the flames will do. I will take any AHL team back here. This city blows.
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this would be amazing. a division consisting of Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, and Utica?


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Old 02-25-2013, 12:32 AM
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this would be amazing. a division consisting of Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, and Utica?


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You could even stick Glens Falls in there, and just have an all-New York division.

Not sure the AHL would do that, but it's an option.
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:53 AM
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The aud in Utica is pretty good for viewing Hockey as it is all open and unobstructed views. The problem is the place is 50 years old and seats less than 4000 (3800 I think). Binghamton seats 4600 and they have a hard time making ends meet.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:06 AM
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Saw a whole bunch of news flashes about this this afternoon. pretty awesome, last i saw was it wasn't 100% confirmed, but i guess its like 99.9 confirmed. "unidentified but reliable sources told the times-union.."(bonus points if you name the movie)......
Abbotsford is just way the f in the middle of nowhere in the league. Still, those southern teams are a ways away still. Does houston still bus around? I remember seeing their nice sleeper bus many moons ago

also heard vancouver wants a team near them so maybe abbotsford stays? or at least a team near there?
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:08 AM
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The aud in Utica is pretty good for viewing Hockey as it is all open and unobstructed views. The problem is the place is 50 years old and seats less than 4000 (3800 I think). Binghamton seats 4600 and they have a hard time making ends meet.
apparently they'll be updating it with some new suites and the normal stuff you'd expect. I wonder how it'll be for tickets. Rochester has some of the best prices in all of sports, and their fans still complain! (i know it has a lot to do with the city being in a slump, but for hockey it's a good deal)
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:27 AM
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I see Utica playing in the east and moving Syracuse to the west, since they are the farthest west than the other eastern teams.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:50 AM
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I see Utica playing in the east and moving Syracuse to the west, since they are the farthest west than the other eastern teams.
I believe Hershey is farther west than Syracuse. Not by much though.
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I see Utica playing in the east and moving Syracuse to the west, since they are the farthest west than the other eastern teams.
That would piss Tampa and Howard off ! I dont see it happening but you never know
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They asked Abby if they were interested in moving & the answer was no. The taxpayers of Abbotsford are the ones who pick up the tab for the losses the team has had each season. They have a 10 year agreement with the city of Abby & the arena.
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Old 02-25-2013, 07:02 PM
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agreements don't mean **** anymore. the canucks can come right in there and make the city money instead of taking it from taxpayers.

now the question is who will they buy and move there cause the wolves aren't going to be sold to be moved.
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Looking at the bottom 5 in league average attendance, who's a candidate to move?

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Albany 3,970
Abbotsford 3,773
Springfield 3,762
Binghamton 3,572
Oklahoma City 3,509
Chicago as a franchise is going nowhere, and I can't see Vancouver buying a franchise that draws better than 4,000 a night to take a chance on Abbotsford again. With Manitoba out of the league, why would any team put their affiliate all the way out there, with so many clubs concerned about their prospects' travel schedule.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:32 AM
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this would be amazing. a division consisting of Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, Binghamton, and Utica?


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Like the good ole days...throw in S/W-B and Hershey too!
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:11 PM
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Looking at the bottom 5 in league average attendance, who's a candidate to move?

Chicago as a franchise is going nowhere, and I can't see Vancouver buying a franchise that draws better than 4,000 a night to take a chance on Abbotsford again. With Manitoba out of the league, why would any team put their affiliate all the way out there, with so many clubs concerned about their prospects' travel schedule.
why would it matter what the team they would buy draws? if they put a team in abbotsford, the town would travel in droves like they do now when the wolves go and play there.
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