I really dont think anyone in the AHL SHOULD object to a vancouver AHL team, especially for the reasons I mentioned. If they do, they're just hurting themselves. They KNOW theres a problem with both attendance and travel. If it's a replace, then they're only fixing on problem, and hurting themselves for the future
There are un touched markets up here that they would be stupid not to tap into
So what are everyones thoughts at the chances of the rivermen playing in Vancouver?
In my opinion, Its the best option
I know everyone hates the Heat
The only thing that will change for abbotsford is addmission, they will still have travel issues, lack of practice, etc
Moving Abbotsford out will hurt. If you keep Abby in, and put a team in Vancouver, then you have 6 games in the season where you dont have to leave the province, instead of going to and staying in New York.
There are talks of some sort of team going to Seattle. If that were to happen, that would be 12 games where you dont have to leave
OKC sucks, hard, they have 2000 people showing up to weekend playoff games. Move them to the west, like Oregon, or Alberta, even LESS travel.
With 4 teams up here, WHEN the NHL expands, so can the AHL, putting a 5th team up here, or going to 4 team divisions in the NFL.
Furthermore, an Abbotsford-Seattle-Vancouver-*WEST* rivalary will be huge. It would help stimulate the economy, selling more tickets, Vancouver fans going down to seattle or abby to see the Orca play; Seattle fans coming up to see their team play.
And I say all this without addressing the fact that ALOT of people dont like the canucks. I for one dont like the monopolization on hockey. I like having the Heat and Giants as options. I think we can all agree that the Canucks are controversial in the NHL, so im not just spitting out hate.
But even with that "hate", I still want Peoria in Vancouver, or hell, burnaby. No one is using Bill copland anymore, and theyre is quite enough room to expand for parking, but thats not my point.
My point is that if this were to happen, ALOT of people would be happy; Seattle could ice a team, Vancouver would get an AHL team at home, get to see the young guns, the heat would get to stay for rivalry games, the BC market teams could cut down on travel, AND the AHL would have a legitimate reason to put teams in our markets, and not just put everyone in new york like they seem to want to