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Utah and Cincy Shut Down for 2005-06

From: Hans  
Date: 25-May-05
I'm hearing ECHL more than CHL -- Elmore didn't keep paying dues on his old CHL team while it was dormant, so it's not just a simple matter of reactivating it. I also hear that Elmore is just as unhappy with the AHL not helping him out during the club's time in the league.

From: tom  
Date: 21-May-05
what about worcester anybodyt comming

From: Big Mike  
Date: 21-May-05
I wasn't aware that the Cyclones were inactive last season (I don't follow the ECHL too much).

From: Cape Cod Cat   Cape Cod Cat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 20-May-05

Despite its recent shaky past, Kansas City continues to be a player.

The AHL — the primary feeder league for the NHL — has Kansas City in mind for its future if the NHL plan falters.

David Andrews, president and CEO of the AHL, said he has had preliminary talks with the city of Overland Park, Missouri about its proposed arena. Although an arena there is not a sure thing, Andrews knows the Sprint Center is a possible option.

“We have a strong interest in Kansas City,” Andrews said


From: tjo668   tjo668 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 20-May-05
...Cyclones that is

From: tjo668   tjo668 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 20-May-05
Yeah, double whammy in Cincy, but they suspended ops at the end of last season. They never took to the ice in 04-05

From: Big Mike  
Date: 19-May-05
Cincinnati actually lost two hockey teams over the last six weeks; the ECHL Cyclones are also gone.

From: tjo668   tjo668 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 19-May-05
Cincy & Utah fans: welcome to the I lost my team fraternity

From: Cape Cod Cat   Cape Cod Cat is a registered live IceCat
Date: 19-May-05
Coyotes’ affiliate severs ties
When the Coyotes signed a multi-year deal with the Utah Grizzlies to become their American Hockey League affiliate last year, the organization looked forward to the close proximity of their prospects once the NHL lockout ended.
Turns out, the lockout lasted longer than the Grizzlies did.

Wednesday, the AHL’s Board of Governors granted Utah and owner David Elmore a voluntary suspension of operations for the 2005-06 season — and in effect, severing all ties with the Coyotes.

As reported in the Tribune last month, Elmore is in negotiations to sell his AHL rights to the Florida Panthers — who will move the team to Orlando next season — paving the way for him to bring a Central Hockey League or East Coast Hockey League team to Salt Lake City.

The move didn’t come as a surprise to the Coyotes, but with one year plus an option left on their deal, they aren’t very happy about Elmore’s move. The team will turn the matter over to its legal department, which might be able to prove damages now that the Coyotes are left hunting for a home for their prospects.

"Naturally, we are disappointed. We had a multi-year deal and David made a unilateral decision to end it,’’ Coyotes general manager Mike Barnett said. "We’re left on our own to come up with something. We loved having the team that close, after having to go to Springfield (Mass.) in the past. It’s the kind of setup we want to have.’’

The Coyotes have three options. They can attempt to buy an AHL team or sign a primary affiliation deal, they can share an affiliation as they did in the past with Tampa Bay (the Springfield Falcons), or they can place four or five prospects with several AHL teams.

Barnett said the first option is by far the best. "We want our prospects playing for our coaches. That’s our focus,’’ he said.

And if the Coyotes move that way, their destination is likely San Antonio. The Rampage are co-owned by the Panthers and the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, but the Panthers will be looking for a buyer if the deal with Elmore and Utah gets done. Without Utah, San Antonio is the closest AHL team to Phoenix — about 20 minutes farther by plane.

The Coyotes would rather sign another affiliation agreement than own half an AHL franchise, but if they buy into the Rampage they won’t have to worry about another owner selling the team.

From: 210   210 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 19-May-05

As of right now, 28


From: virtuefan1   virtuefan1 is a registered live IceCat
Date: 19-May-05
So does this mean that there will only be 27 teams in the league next season?

From: Bones   Bones is a registered live IceCat
Date: 18-May-05
I just got the word today about the whole Utah deal. Elmore is now bringing in his CHL team to replace the AHL team he has here. Some bull about operating cost killing him. I would have gladly tolerated an increase in my season package than have an CHL team here. The person I talked with hinted that the AHL wasn't happy with Elmore.

From: Cats Booster in Bolton  
Date: 18-May-05
  • The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks franchise has applied for and been granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005-06 AHL season due to a lack of an available NHL affiliation.

  • The Utah Grizzlies franchise has applied for and been granted a voluntary suspension for the 2005-06 AHL season.

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