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Hartford Wolf Pack fans were perhaps startled by a report today, supposedly based on an news item that aired this morning over ESPN Radio, that the Rangers were holding a press conference soon to announce the move of their AHL affiliate to an undersized/unfinished arena in Brooklyn.
Here's Blueshirt Bulletin's reaction to the announcement:
Not much Ranger news today as we await a possible press conference that is believed to be about bringing hockey to Brooklyn in one form or another -- whether it has anything to do with the Rangers' AHL affiliate or MSG's partnership in the new Aviator Sports complex remains to be seen.
Speculation of a Wolf Pack move to Brooklyn first appeared, to my knowledge at least, in two separate posts in Sam Weinman's blog almost a week ago (Meanwhile, On The Farm and You Wonder Why The Whalers Ever Left).
Here's how Sam handled the announcement this morning-- note that this time, the press conference is said to be scheduled for Thursday:
Madison Square Garden has an announcement scheduled for Thursday about partnering with Aviator Sports for a new Chelsea Piers-type sports complex at Floyd Bennett Field in South Brooklyn.
Whether this means the Rangers are moving their AHL team there from Hartford remains to be seen, although it could well be a possibility.
Later, though, Sam offered this update:
UPDATE: The Rangers are dismissing as "pure speculation" an ESPN Radio report that says the team is going to announce the move tomorrow.
Without any real information, I guess there's not much to do but wait and see how this develops.
UPDATE 11/08/06 - From Blue Notes blog:
For those who heard a radio report that the Rangers will announce on Thursday that the Hartofrd Wolf Pack will be moving to Brooklyn's Floyd Bennett Field, here's a dose of reality.
There's no 10,000-seat AHL-sized arena at the complex and the lease in Hartford runs until 2013----although it can be broken with sufficient notice.
What's going on is that MSG has entered a partnership with Aviator Sports and Recreation, which operates the multii-sport complex that has two rinks (one of which can seat about 2,000) and basketball courts, a gymnastics and fitness center and rock-climbing walls in four refurbished hangars. Three people familiar with the issue told me on Monday that the Wolf Pack wouldn't be moving there.
It's certainly a facility where MSG could stage some Knicks, Liberty and Rangers workouts or clinics and practices---especially to take a poke at the Nets, who are pronouncing that they will own Brooklyn when and if the Bruce Ratner downtown project is built.
Note to my closest circle of friends: You may find it funny to see who left a comment on the Brooklyn Bound post. X marks the spot!