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  1. Canucks' AHL affiliate may move from Utica

    Robert Esche, president of the Utica Comets, appears to be preparing for a possible change in affiliation.

    Author of the article:
    Patrick Johnston
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    Apr 17, 2021  • Last Updated 21 hours ago  •  2 minute read

     

     

    It’s not a done deal, but there’s a chance the Utica Comets may not be affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks in 2021-22.

     

    Comets president Robert Esche registered “Utica Devils” as a trademark with the U.S. government’s Trademark and Patent Office earlier this month, a step that suggests he’s preparing for the possibility his Utica, N.Y.-based team will change NHL parent clubs ahead of next season.
     

    “I’m not aware of any information regarding this,” a spokesperson for the Utica Comets said in an email.

     

     

    The Canucks’ current six-year deal with the Comets, which began with the 2019-20 season, features an opt-out clause after the current season. The Canucks would have to exercise the option to leave Utica for the Devils to take over.

     

    The AHL’s board of governors would have final say on a relocation but it’s unlikely they would turn down a move. And while far-flung teams like the St. John’s Growlers once subsidized opposing teams to travel to play them — St. John’s and Charlotte were the last two teams to do so — that practice has been prohibited by the AHL board.

     

    The Comets have been a dual affiliation this season between the Canucks and the St. Louis Blues, due to COVID-19 border controls. The Canucks kept a number of players on their taxi squad who would normally be assigned outright to the AHL and also loaned several players to Canadian-based AHL teams so they wouldn’t have to quarantine as long if they were to be recalled.

     

    Since first joining up in the 2013-14 season, the Canucks have taken care of player and coach salaries, while Esche’s Mohawk Valley Garden Inc. pays for the rest. The Canucks own the actual AHL franchise but the physical team belongs to Esche and his partners, who pay the Canucks an annual fee to operate the franchise.
     

    Whether the Canucks would simply switch affiliations to Binghamton, which is about two hours south of Utica, isn’t known and a comment from the Canucks wasn’t yet available.

     

    Canucks ownership has expressed interest in using the Abbotsford Centre, which was formerly home to the AHL’s Abbotsford Heat, as a base for their AHL team in the past. A number of NHL teams, including the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, have moved their AHL teams to California in recent years.

     

    They also might look at the Pacific Coliseum.

     

    The New Jersey Devils based their AHL affiliate in Utica from 1987 to 1993 and that team was called the Utica Devils.

     

    https://theprovince.com/sports/hockey/nhl/vancouver-canucks/canucks-ahl-affiliate-may-move-from-utica/wcm/d664920c-d04e-460c-bf13-916ee426e207/amp/

  2. Health first! Of these kids AND their families! No shame in wherever they choose to end the season. But I know, that even while sick, the competitive nature of professional athletes will still rise to the forefront. While still in mathematical striking distance of a playoff spot, there is no way some players aren't still thinking about the remote possibility, even if they should be thinking about rest and recovery.

  3. I use Sportsnet Now, from a Bell TV service subscription using a Shaw internet connection. There are some bumps in the road, along the way; but it is definitely better than illegal streams.

     

    EDIT: All 1080p or less.

  4. 20 minutes ago, Junkyard Dog said:

    I don't think political ideals should be even acknowledged in that sense and I don't think it would be distracting for them.

     

    Because that sort of stuff(politics) doesn't matter in the grand scheme of an NHL season.

     

    Hockey is an escape.

    As long as there is no rift between teammates because of it; but, we can't see what goes on while they are off the ice.

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  5. 9 hours ago, EmilyM said:

    I think it's too minimize unnecessary contact when possible.
    If a positive player is on the ice, there's no guarantee he will infect someone else. But there's a high chance that positive player could pass it to someone else if they're hanging out together in a room. 
    There's no guarantee there will be infections in either case, but why not eliminate the latter if it's not necessary to the game?

    All the protocols are just "tools", not solutions. So many people seem to believe that if one thing works, than the other isn't necessary, and otherwise the one thing must not be working. But, they are a sum of parts, all lifting the overall efficacy of implementing all protocols.

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  6. I have noticed he has had his fair share of broken sticks as well, and then became kind of skittish, passing instead of unloading...perhaps time to switch, a $&!#ty batch or... (tinfoil hat drumroll) sabotage! Whatever the case, hopefully that can be sorted out as well, and he will be comfortable sooner rather than later.

  7. 17 minutes ago, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

    Any suugested stores worth checking out? All the big ones (Rona, HD, Lowes, CT, etc.) do not seem to carry 

    Perhaps exclusive light stores (we have a couple in Kelowna), or electronic component supply stores (also a couple in Kelowna)?

     

  8. 9 minutes ago, 6of1_halfdozenofother said:

    Any suugested stores worth checking out? All the big ones (Rona, HD, Lowes, CT, etc.) do not seem to carry them.

    Being in the interior, I'm not sure of the store situation there...

     

    I did stumble across this which may shed some light. =P

     

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.instructables.com/DIY-E14-to-E12-Light-bulb-adapter-from-a-E14-light/%3Famp_page%3Dtrue&ved=2ahUKEwjtpI6d0vbsAhXBr54KHYZGAeIQFjASegQIFRAB&usg=AOvVaw0Nn3q7CUXdS8CfJSYUYFWX&ampcf=1

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