- When the team wins its division, it's wins the league (1999, 2003)
- There will be injuries. Massive amounts of injuries
- The ice is bad most of the year
- Gordie Howe will make an appearance or two
- Once every five years or so, kazoos will make an appearance during the National Anthem
- When Mike Russo tweets or blogs about something, it's true
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in Houston, but we'll miss our team.
The Aeros', as we know them today, 19-year run in Houston is very likely over. There are still many questions that will get answered as we move into the summer. Will the name stay? What will happen to the team records, etc? But for now, for the first time in nearly two decades, die-hard hockey fans will have to go elsewhere to get their fix.
Aeros GM Jim Mill told The Houston Press last week that the Wild and Toyota Center were still talking, but Russo reports today that building and Wild could not agree on terms of a new lease.
And here is a story on the Chronicle from today about the latest installment of rumor and innuendo.
The Des Moines Register now has a story about today's info as well. Are the two buildings now being played against each other? Absolutely, is my opinion.
If true, it's a business decision that both organizations feel will be better for their respective bottom lines. It's hard not to be OK with that because we all, on a personal level, deal with money issues every day.
You ALWAYS want what is best for you and your family, and more money is always better than less money. No one can argue that.
This does not mean that Houston won't have hockey ever again, but, if these reports do pan out, it does mean that the Wild are moving the Aeros to Iowa beginning next season. I hold out hope that a new team will come along in the next few years. This is too good a market to be without puck.
But right now, there is no place to play. It's been reported over and over than the Toyota Center is the only place in the Metro area that is financially viable for hockey. And that is true ... the places that are big enough need multi-million dollar investments to get them hockey ready.
I covered more than 500 games for the Houston Chronicle and watched another 300 or so as a fan. The Aeros have been a big part of my life since I was a senior in high school and they have been like therapy for me. It's been so great being a part of their run, and I will miss them considerably.
When the Wild bought the team a few years ago, I figured this day would eventually come. But I always thought there'd be another affiliation ready to go in Houston. And who knows? That could still be the case.
That, like I always say, is a story for a different day. Right now, it is time to celebrate 19 years of great fun, good people and very good hockey. There are still six regular season game on the slate, and the Aeros are right in the middle of a playoff race.
And don't forget about the front office people, who no doubt are having a meeting this morning to talk about all the rumors. I have been there as part of a merger with United and Continental a few years ago. Speculation sucks, and being in the dark is much worse when your livelihood is at stake.
Most of those people work insane hours, and many more do it for less than what they should be paid. Think of them and say a prayer that they'll have something lined up sooner rather than later.
I still think the Aeros have a shot of making some noise this postseason, and in a way, I am glad the cat is out of the bag so people can get a few more chances to say their good-byes. Let's hope this team goes a few rounds and makes some noise in the 2013 Calder Cub Playoffs.