Discussion in 'Seattle' started by Jeffrey Pedler, Dec 6, 2018.
Where will Seattle's farm team be? Do they stick it the state of Washington?
NA i don't think they'll be in the state of washington. My hope is Idaho Steelheads become the AHL.
My guess is California (Since so many of the Clubs are already there), or maybe Idaho Steelheads (Dave Tippet tipped his hand, mentioning them a couple of months ago)
I guess any team in California would fit. Why not Portland or even a team in Canada??
Interesting article about Seattle process to get an affiliate team in AHL.
AHL FRIDAY WITH PATRICK WILLIAMS: Seattle scouting for AHL affiliate
Looking at the current map I would think that any AHL team would be placed near one of the current cluster of teams to aid in travel costs.
That being said it's very possible that an ECHL franchise could get transitioned to the ECHL like the Colorado Eagles did.
Portland, Oregon would be the most logical to me considering the success of the Portland Winterhawks down there but I like all of these ideas. Idaho would be a super cool place for the Seattle Affiliate. I would totally make a pilgrimage out there once or twice a year to see our kids.
If they're going to do that, Idaho or Utah fits the best with the recent trends in the AHL to have the AHL affiliate in the same region
Utah is unlikely, the same group running the Grizzlies now bailed after 5 years and multiple legal suits for non-payment of fees due, one was Arizona, the other was Dallas
NHL: Seattle Sockeyes
AHL: Idaho Steelheads
Logos can be pretty similar without changing much of the Steelheads' identity
Seattle Sockeyes sound to me like a minor league hockey team name how about Seattle Guardians or Evergreens.
I would consider placing in Sacramento. It's centrally located to the other AHL teams so traveling will be minimized and Golden1 Center looks to be a part of the OVG Arena Alliance
The key issue is if there is a readily-built ice machine in the Golden 1 Center, or if the Seattle ownership will pony up the resources to help pay for and operate said machine.
Considering they have and are hosting Disney on Ice I'd assume they have an ice plant. If they do need to make some changes though I'm sure it would be far cheaper then the cost of a 6000+ seat arena (for perspective Showare Center cost $85 million 10 years ago).
most of the traveling shows have their own ice, Golden 1 may not since it's the Kings who are the prime tenant, it's always been in a basketball configuration
Portland would actually make a ton of sense. I’m interested to see if the Seattle/Portland rivalry has any impact on people supporting the team, and having the AHL team there would be a pretty good way to unite the fans
I think Portland is a non-starter, they already have the WHL and the history with the Winterhawks, I don't think they exchange that to go fom WHL to AHL
Boise makes sense, since they are the ECHL. They would be in the Seattle Television Market.
California makes more sense since most of the AHL teams would be playing there. Ironically, Sacramento makes a ton of sense.
Portland would more be an and not an or regarding AHL/WHL. There are lots of places with a junior team and a pro team. Not saying it’s the most logical choice, but there’s still valid reasoning. The proximity is also nice in case of emergency call ups
Portland would rather keep the WHL then to give it up and root for an Seattle affiliate AHL team. Portland does not like Seattle in terms of sports.
Nah that is not necessarily true, Lots of Mariners and Seahawks fans down there, at least among Winterhawk fans that I've seen.
Sure some sports fans in Oregon are all anti-Washington everything, But the Mariners and especially the Seahawks seems to break that mold. Also lots of interest in upcoming Seattle NHL team as well.
Seems to me that Salt Lake would make the most sense for an AHL Franchise. Then Idaho for an ECHL franchise.
Salt Lake won't ever be considered again as an AHL Market, that ship sailed in 2006-07 after the Gunds sold out to Dan Gilbert, that's why the AHL Grizzlies were sold to Cleveland, Grizzlies ownership also was facing two legal suits for breach of contract over affiliation fees, one filed by Idaho's current affiliate in Dallas, the other by Arizona, when the sale of the AHL Franchise occurred, btw, the Jazz are the only franchise in Salt Lake, the Maverik Center is in West Valley
I was there in 2005 to see a couple of games. That's an ugly story but it was (come the time a Seattle AHL team would be chosen) 14 years ago.
the same ownership Utah has now, is the same ownership they had then, fwiu.
Separate names with a comma.