Visp Posted July 20, 2013 Share Posted July 20, 2013 Since we purchased our own AHL franchise recently, I just have a few questions regarding how exactly it works now. The way I understand it, with the Wolves, we sent our best prospects to Chicago and moved the rest around different/leagues team. The Wolves management wanted to win so they acquired their own best players possible and often played them if they thought they could gets more wins, as it was made clear the Wolves management was looking to succeed in the AHL rather than just develop prospects. How does this work now with the Aquilini's owning Utica outright? Looking at the Comets' wikipedia page, the Comets have Mathieu Corbeil, Sascha Guimond and John Negrin signed currently. As I understand it, they are signed to the AHL only and the fact that the Canucks/Comets are together doesn't matter as their contract is strictly AHL only? Seems to me this is a brilliant situation for the Canucks as they could bascially go over the 50-man squad limit and sign a group of young talented players to Utica to assess and not have them count against the limit/cap. If a player such as John Negrin was to impress in Utica, signed only to the Comets, what are the options for the Canucks to have him play in the NHL? I would presume we need to sign him to a contract but would we have "first rights" to these players? Is there a way to essentially 'switch' contracts between a Comets signed player and a Canucks prospect in Utica, putting the well-performing Comets player within our 50-man squad and demoting the prospect who isn't succeeding. If somebody has an idea of how many players Utica will likely sign to have a full team minus the Canucks prospects that will play AHL and not overseas or in junior leagues that would be awesome to know. It just seems a new avenue of opportunity for the team to find at least one 'diamond in the rough' such as Tanev or Burrows without having to use any roster space or spend 'Canucks' salary doing so? Through signing a 'good-at-delevoping-young-players' coach like Travis Green, will the Comets have any ambition to go out and try and 'win' the AHL or will they be treated as a development team, using Canucks skaters on the forefront to showcase them and improve their skills, filling in the holes with Utica signed players? Sorry for all the questions but if anyone has any answers, would be good to know Thx V Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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