It was revealed this week in the plans of one of the potential buyers of the Phoenix Coyotes that these buyers will move Phoenix's farm team, Aeros I-10 rival San Antonio Rampage, to Thunder Bay, Ontario, if they win the bid to buy the team.
Here's an excellent article explaining both the investor's plan for the move, which requires building a new arena in Thunder Bay, and the investor's overall plan for making Phoenix profitable.
As for what would happen to the Rampage, I think next summer is going to see a significant shuffling of the deck in the AHL affiliate structure. The Ducks need an affiliate. The Stars need a franchise to buy. The Oilers have a dormant franchise but an affiliation with Springfield. Eventually all these oddities are going to need to shake out, and hopefully SA will get a new affiliation with a team (oh, how much more fun would it be to hate them if they were the Ducks affiliate?) and the bitter rivalry will live on for many more years.
As usual, we'll keep you posted as this develops.
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