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Thoughts On The CT Whale Potentially Moving To Nassau

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I would give you guys and girls some sort of “Keys to the game” type post but that’d be extremely boring for you all to read, and for me to write. We all know what the Rangers need to do to beat Washington, and you definitely don’t need me to tell you. Instead I’m going to talk about this article I stumbled across on SNYRangersblog.com.

Madison Square Garden is apparently interested in bidding for Nassau Coliseum in an attempt to renovate it and move in either or both of the Knicks D-League team and the Rangers AHL farm team the Connecticut Whale.

It’s very early in the bidding process though, and the Whale have to remain in Hartford for 3 more years and can potentially stay there for another 2 years after that. While a move wouldn’t happen in the near future obviously with the Whale having to stay put, the renovations at the Coliseum wouldn’t be expected to be completed by 2017 or 2018 anyway.

This is very good news for the Whale and I hope this deal gets done and the Coliseum gets renovated. Aside from a few Connecticut Whale fans getting screwed, I can only think of positives for the Whale and Rangers. Let’s go through them:

  • Rangers fans who get priced out of going to MSG (that place is way too expensive) now have a place to watch hockey that’s relatively close by.
  • Islanders fans in Long Island who are getting screwed by the Brooklyn move now can watch hockey locally again.
  • Undrafted free agents who sign with the Rangers now are extremely close in geographical proximity to the team, even if they are with the farm team on Long Island. This is a huge draw because someone would much rather live on Long Island or in NYC and play rather than in Hartford. The Maple Leafs use this same deal to their advantage by having the Toronto Marlies play locally.
  • Having more hockey teams in the tri-state area can only help grow the game in the area. Not too many people make the NHL from this area and more hockey teams in the area can only help to grow the game.

I’m sure we’ll hear more about this in the coming weeks but I for one sure hopes this happens.

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  • Andy Graziano

    Good stuff Matt and excellent points on why a move like this would benefit the mini-Rangers and fans alike.