Friday, February 12, 2010
According to the Times-Union, the Portland Pirates might be headed to Albany, NY to be the new AHL Franchise in town.
Two sources with knowledge of the situation (because as we all know sources without knowledge really wouldn't provide much help) told the Times-Union's Pete Dougherty that the Pirates are looking to replace the River Rats. The fit would be a good one, as the Pirates parent club, the Buffalo Sabres, would be in a much closer poximity.
In Pete Dougherty's article:
Times Union Center general manager Bob Belber said that any deal for a new AHL franchise wouldn't be completed until at least the end of this month. He has given a proposed license agreement to a potential buyer, who visited the facility Tuesday. Belber wouldn't identify the AHL team, but he did say it is located in the northeast and has a northeastern NHL affiliate.
The Pirates have confirmed with the CMSB that Pirates owner Brian Petrovek will be meeting with the media at 4:30 to talk about this news. Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: Petrovek told WCSH 6 that the team is looking to renew it's deal with the CCCC during the 6 o'clock news and debunked the report from the Times-Union.