So I read the post from earlier today about the provincial awarding of an AHL franchise for Austin to be called the Texas Stars. But I wouldn't be so fast about saying that there will be hockey in Austin this fall.
The deal has one huge contingency. The Dallas Stars still have to purchase a franchise and move it to Austin. Absent that, there will not be a team in Austin because there is no team to put in Austin. But the deal is rather unique in that it is a member of the league without having a team and it will purchase the first team that becomes available for purchase. This will allow Edmonton to keep its inactive team.
Now I fully expect to see hockey in Austin next season. The AHL is doing everything possible to get this deal done, and AHL Commissioner David Andrews was pretty clear last month that there would be AHL hockey in Austin come next fall. But I'm also sure that, at the time, David Andrews didn't know that Tom Hicks was going to start going into default on his debt service involving the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers.
I hate to be going all negative here because I really look forward to a triangle series next year. And I fully expect it to happen. But there are still some big items on the check list that need to be handled. And I just didn't want anybody to forget.
Now how about those Aeros?