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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Wolf Pack Sign On For Six More Years

"This hockey shirt is wonderful. I wonder which one of these
guys is Wayne Gretzky?" (Chris Rutsch photo)

The future of the Wolf Pack in Hartford-- put into serious jeopardy when Madison Square Garden was dumped as the managers of the Hartford Civic Center in favor of AEG/Northland two months ago-- was given a breath of life today when the Rangers signed a multi-year affiliation deal (said to be for six years) for the Wolf Pack with AEG/Northland.

Per the agreement, AEG/Northland will assume responsibility for the day-to-day business operations of the Wolf Pack (marketing, sponsorship and ticket sales), while MSG and the Rangers will retain ownership of the Wolf Pack and continue to be responsible for on-ice team decisions, including coaching and player movement.

The deal is rumored to include a provision that terminates the agreement if an NHL team is ever brought to Hartford. Information about similar provisions involving the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and Thomas Pöck's checking ability remains as yet not leaked to the public.


Anonymous a pack fan said...

What, you don't think that they can build a new arena AND get an NHL franchise in the next six years? Come on, look how quickly Adrian's Landing went up!

5/30/07, 9:57 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

5/30/07, 10:04 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

Hey, "a pack fan"-- where'ya been?

As for the link, it contains this quote from Bettman:

"We haven't studied Quebec City or Winnipeg or anywhere else in Canada, but the notion that "if it could work to put a franchise back in a place where one was lost" feels good - provided we don't wind up in a situation where we've created a prescription for another failing franchise.

"It's obviously something I've thought about, in terms of trying to make right something that one point in our history went wrong."

In regards to the Whalers, note the "creating a prescription for another failing franchise" part, and ignore the rest. The "hockey history" of Hartford is nowhere near on the level of Canada, which is what Bettman is talking about.

5/30/07, 10:22 PM

Anonymous a pack fan said...

Just to clarify, I posted the link. :)

Oh and to your question of, "where'ya been?", I've been lurking and waiting for some Pack-staying-in-Hartford news...

5/30/07, 11:31 PM


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