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  1. Looks like this move has been in the works since September, shortly after the Senators announced they were leaving Binghamton. http://blog.timesunion.com/hockey/what-you-may-not-have-known-about-the-albany-devils-move/22112/
  2. Good to see you guys too. Nice to still see so many familiar faces around here.
  3. You rang? I haven't been around much this season, but I stopped by once I saw the news to see if it had made its way here yet. So, hi. I can't say I'm surprised. Well, actually, I am somewhat, because I didn't think it was going to happen, but the rumor's been out there for a while now, and it really started getting hot and heavy this week. And as bad as attendance has been, I don't think it was as much of a factor as most people are going to say it was. The Devils were running the show themselves in Albany, and Binghamton has a local group (the current owners of the Senators) who will be leasing the franchise from the Devils and taking care of all the business dealings, so that's money in the Devils' pockets. As far Albany, it's probably for the best. This has always been more of a college town, and with two D-I hockey teams and two D-I basketball teams competing for attention, the pro team in the way-too-big arena was bound to get the short end of the stick. Also, there are a lot of pigheaded Rangers fans around here who won't support anything Devils-related, so you've got that. (A lot of people say the Devs could've avoided that or at least mitigated it somewhat by keeping the River Rats name and logo, but I disagree.) Right now it looks like the arena's not pursuing another hockey team immediately, though they could be in the running for the Rangers' AHL affiliate next year. (Hartford just renewed their lease for one more year a couple weeks ago.)
  4. To be fair, he's covered gymnastics for NBC for the last 15 years or so. One would think he's picked up at least something about the sport in all that time.
  5. I was talking about Steven M's post, which goes to the AHL Live schedule page.
  6. Click on the link in the post above yours. You should see a headphones icon next to "Albany Devils". Click on that and the Devils' radio feed should start.
  7. North Division Finals – Series “J” (best-of-7) N1-Toronto Marlies vs. N2-Albany Devils Game 1 – Wed., May 4 – Albany at Toronto, 7:30 Game 2 – Fri., May 6 – Albany at Toronto, 7:30 Game 3 – Sun., May 8 – Toronto at Albany, 5:00 Game 4 – Tue., May 10 – Toronto at Albany, 7:00 * Game 5 – Thu., May 12 – Toronto at Albany, 7:00 * Game 6 – Sat., May 14 – Albany at Toronto, 3:00 * Game 7 – Mon., May 16 – Albany at Toronto, 7:30 *if necessary... All times Eastern
  8. I misunderstood this post and thought you were saying that the Lightning couldn't draw for crap, and I was about to come back with this well-researched rebuttal about how Tampa actually tends to draw rather well, and then I reread it and realized you were talking about baseball instead. But yeah, the Rays are just pitiful when it comes to attendance. Lately Cleveland has been right down there with them, and the Marlins usually aren't too far off. I'd be careful about dissing the Panthers, though. Granted, they only drew a little over 11k this past season and a little over 14k the year before that, but typically they're in the same general neighborhood as the Devils; sometimes their attendance is better, sometimes ours is. Here's the last 10 seasons of attendance data (hopefully the formatting comes out right): Florida New Jersey difference 2014-15 11,265 30th 15,189 26th 3924 2013-14 14,177 29th 15,257 24th 1080 2012-13 16,991 22nd 17,114 20th 123 2011-12 16,628 21st 15,396 24th -1232 2010-11 15,685 22nd 14,775 25th - 910 2009-10 15,146 25th 15,535 20th 389 2008-09 15,621 24th 15,790 23rd 169 2007-08 15,436 25th 15,564 23rd 128 2006-07 15,370 22nd 14,176 26th -1194 2005-06 16,014 19th 14,230 26th -1784
  9. Albany's playoff chances heading into the final weekend of the season: Slim, but they're still in it. .................Pts..MaxPts ROW MaxROW...Wed. 4/15....Friday 4/17....Saturday 4/18...Sunday 4/19 7 Worcester.....86....92....38...41..................@Providence....@Manchester.....vs. Portland 8 Portland......83....89....35...38..................@Manchester....vs. Providence @Worcester 9 Springfield...83....87....32...34..................@St. John's....@St. John's 10 Albany........79....85....32...35....vs. Syracuse..@Wilkes-Barre..vs. Hartford ROW = Regulation/OT wins (Tiebreaker #1) Points in season series (Tiebreaker #2): - Albany vs. Portland: POR 5, ALB 3 - Albany vs. Springfield: SPR 12, ALB 8 - Portland vs. Springfield: POR 6, SPR 2 - Worcester vs. Springfield: WOR 8, SPR 6 - Worcester vs. Portland: WOR 9, POR 7 (1 game remaining) At this point, they cannot catch Worcester, but the #8 spot is still within reach. They need to get at least 5 of their remaining 6 possible points and hope both Portland and Springfield stumble big time. Any of the following will end Albany's playoff hopes: - a loss in regulation - two points by Portland - three points by Springfield - two points by Springfield combined with a failure by Albany to gain at least one regulation win Bottom line: They need to win, and they need a lot of help.
  10. It's too bad you guys couldn't get Richmond back in the ECHL, or, even though it's allegedly worse hockey, ended up with a SPHL team.
  11. The thing with Evander Kane is, you won't know whether he's the type of guy who's going to be a cancer no matter where he goes or he simply needs a change of scenery until he gets that change of scenery. I don't remember if he got into any trouble when the Jets were still in Atlanta, but it's pretty clear that the move to Winnipeg has not suited him. By the same token, it's hard to predict how Kane would deal with the expectations and restrictions inherent with being a Devil. Much like a certain other Thrasher before him, a little bit of structure and discipline might do him good and enable him to thrive... or he could be unable or unwilling to adapt to this environment, cementing his reputation as a problem child and (hopefully) leading to a quick exit from New Jersey. I don't know if he's high-risk, high-reward, but he's probably at least a medium-risk, medium-reward player.
  12. They probably will. I'm pretty sure they use it on their college hockey coverage; I remember hearing it during the Frozen Four last year.
  13. Some people think that's where we're eventually headed. I have no idea if there are any official (or even unofficial) plans to that end, though. The AHL was pretty clear that their goal was a full 30-team complement with each franchise paired up with a NHL partner, and they finally achieved that a few years ago. AFAIK, the ECHL does not have a similar manifest destiny mindset. I suppose it's possible that the NHL will push the ECHL toward a tighter relationship as more ECHL teams fall under NHL ownership, but I don't think there's any sort of timeline on that. Not a flippin' clue. Sorry.
  14. The worst-kept secret in the AHL was made official today in a press conference in San Jose featuring AHL president David Andrews, representatives of the 5 NHL teams involved, and, of all people, Bill Daly. (Don't know WTF he was doing there.) If you've been following this thread (or the situation in general), you already know what's up, but just to recap: The Kings will move their franchise from Manchester (NH) to Ontario (CA), where their ECHL club currently plays. The AHL team will likely assume the Ontario Reign identity from the ECHL team. The Sharks will move their franchise from Worcester (MA) to San Jose. They'll play out of the SAP Center initially, with a permanent home to be determined at a later date. Rumor has it that the Sharks intend to expand their practice facility to fit in a rink with sufficient capacity. The Oilers will move their franchise from Oklahoma City to Bakersfield (CA). It will likely take on the Condors identity from the incumbent ECHL squad. The Flames will move their franchise from Glens Falls (NY) to Stockton (CA), where they will become the Stockton Grizzlies. Continuing a theme, they will be displacing the ECHL's Stockton Thunder. The Ducks will purchase the team they had been affiliated with, the Norfolk (VA) Admirals, from their current owners and move them to San Diego. No word yet on their new name. In return, it is expected that the Kings and Flames will move their respective ECHL teams (Ontario and Stockton) into the AHL cities they are vacating. Also, as I previously mentioned, it is expected that the Oilers will do the Ducks a solid and move ECHL Bakersfield to Norfolk. I don't know if any of these are official yet or if they're even true; at any rate, the ECHL is supposedly holding a press conference tomorrow to discuss how the AHL's moves will affect them. So far, none of this has any effect on the Devils' relationship with Albany. Their lease is up at the end of this season, and it's possible another city will try to convince the Devils to move, but at present, I see no reason why the Devils would leave Albany.
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