You can read about it all here.
ECHL bringing back Reno. Out of service since 1998 in old West Coast Hockey League.
Just curious, Blake. Does anyone know how much, or even if, the CHL teams paid a fee for league membership?
And is it your opinion, or not, that the lawsuit pending by the CHL had anything to do with the "absorption"?
Regardless, the unifying of all "AA" leagues was way overdue and is a welcome change to minor league hockey.
The only two things I'd like to see happen would be a compromise to five on the veteran rule, and some kind of "protected list" for teams receiving AHL players sent to them, only to know that soon they would be leaving and they had to cut a player they will never get back just to stay under the roster level and even the salary cap. Seems like a reasonable problem they could at least have a dialogue about.
I'm sure they had to pay a regular $500,000 expansion fee. As for the lawsuit, we'll never know.
The rest of it makes too much sense and will never happen.
Why did the Frankes say that the merger talks weren't valid in August? They knew talks were taking place.
Plausible deniability. Say the merger falls through and the Franke's had associated themselves by saying talks were taking place. Everybody would put the blame on them. So, to protect them, they denied anything. Smart business move by them.
OK, thanks Blake. Just one more question. Let's say that the "new" teams did have to pay a $500,000 expansion ( or joining) fee. Where does that money go? Split between the existing teams? Split between the existing teams AND the league? That would be $3,500,000.
If just between the existing teams, that would be about $166,000+ per team. That would pay for a lot of expenses, wouldn't it?
Alan, they are never going to answer that question.
It should go to all Komet fans for the abundant semse of entitlement.