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Saturday, June 6, 2009

A Few Quick Notes From Minnesota Way

Just a few notes for those of you who don't read the links to Russo...

But according to Russo's sources, Kevin Constantine is still in contention for the Minnesota Wild's head coaching job. Of course, new GM Chuck Fletcher is waiting for the Penguins/Red Wings to finish up so he can check with their assistants, but I wasn't expecting Constantine to still be one of the finalists.

Russo also reports that the Wild shopped Benoit Pouliot around the league last off-season, but that they couldn't find any takers.

10 comments:

Forecheck said...

I wouldn't be suprised that KC is the leading candidate after that playoff run we just had.

{{Russo also reports that the Wild shopped Benoit Pouliot around the league last off-season, but that they couldn't find any takers.}}
- Duh......... why am I not suprised here?

Lax Guy said...
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Lax Guy said...

This isn't really related, but what do you think about this rumor: http://www.62andeven.com/archives/2739
"Sources have told 62andeven.com that the Anahiem Ducks are buying the Iowa Chops and moving the team closer to Anahiem. In its place, the Minnesota Wild will be moving the Houston Aero team to Des Moines for 2011 season."
I think this is likely. But what does that mean for H-town? I'm thinking a failing NHL team might be headed your way. Take that Balsillie!

John Royal said...

Well, the Wild signed a five-year lease after last season, so they've got four more years to go. So they would have to break their lease to go to Iowa in 2011, and I just don't see that happening, especially since it's Des Moines. This is two straight years that a NHL team has pulled a team out of the market. I don't know how many more chances the AHL or NHL is willing to give.

Forecheck said...

I would think that the AHL would want to stay in Houston given our attendance numbers. I've thought that if the Aeros do move to Des Moines (which does make sense long term), we would likely get the Rampage who have pretty dismal attendance (not to mention a dismal team).

Forecheck said...

John, the AHL has some sort of contactual obligation to stay in Des Moines through about 2012(ish), and there is a $1MM penalty (per year?) if they don't. So they would break a contract one way or another.

Moving the Chops out of Des Moines would be desireable, but where in the West that is significantly closer to LA do you move them? Utah - already failed. Phenoix - - not a hockey city. Maybe Las Vegas, but I think the city fathers there are thinking NHL.

Also, they wouldn't need to by the Chops. The could by the Road Runners or start an expansion franchise.

Fred Trask said...

I'm not so sure it's the AHL that has the obligation. That would be an incredibly stupid agreement for them to make. I thought the agreement was with the sporting authority group (or whatever they were called), a group local to Des Moines and NOT the AHL.

John Royal said...

The AHL doesn't have an obligation to Iowa. The ownership group of the Chops is, however, obligated to have a team in the Iowa arena every hockey season.

Fred Trask said...

There you go, thanks John.

Forecheck said...

So if the ownership group can't maintain a franchise becuase nobody wants to deal with them, then the county (or city) is out of luck, other than to sue the owners, who have no money. That doesn't sound like a very smart agreement, either