You can read Thursday's column here.
I hope no one comments " maybe we should join the AHL" The EXACT same thing happens there also. Plus, your paying more for your ticket.
The NHL calls up your best players and if they make the playoffs, that drains your AHL team also. The perfect ECHL situation is if you were considering an affiliation, get one that BOTH the NHL team and the AHL team usually miss their respective playoffs. This then means they never take away your better players come playoff time. Look for the weaker farm system.
Blake's comment on increasing the number of veterans im sure is always on the Frankes plate during league meetings. Maybe the affiliated teams are only allowed 4 while the non affiliated teams can have 6. Pitch that to the league. I think that would be a great compromise.
RG2 how much are AHL tickets? For many years this was a AAA town. I think there are many fans who don't like paying for less than what we used to be. I know this is a complex issue but is something to consider with the hockey history we have and many of our old IHL teams are in the AHL.
I think this last season proves the Komets do not need an affiliation. We had the talent just did't have anyone to keep them motivated. Had they played complete games they would have done much better.Who is responsible for the motivation the coach, the captain or the playes themselves? This team played with no sense of ergency from the first game until the last playoff game. All in all this was a very boring year.
They are making a living playing a game! If they need motivation for that, they need to get a REAL job!
Hey Easy, you can go to any AHL team website and check ticket pricing. May not have any regular season info right now though. Probably only playoff deals at this time.
The ticket prices are only a piece of the puzzle. With any business you have to look at your margins to see whats to the best plan. With ECHL, the komets know about what their gross revenue is going to be and they know what their expenses are going to be. The AHL has increase expenses and less control over the business. A lot of those day to day operating costs decisions are taken away from you. So is the checkbook. An AHL team is best served by the NHL team owning the team and also having a management team( GM/Coach) in running it. The ECHL and the CHL are about it anymore for private ownership having 24/7 hands on management.
The Frankes record over the last 24 years is outsanding. Im sure they look at every angle.
Go to Blake Sebrings blogs over the last 10 years and he explains it all very well. Pros and Cons.