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  1. And this is precisely why you don't make major announcements on a Friday unless you intentionally want it lost in the weekend news cycle.
  2. If true, I'll apologize for my inaccuracy but I trust my source.
  3. After writhing around on the ice in the Hangar and having them call for a stretcher when all he had was an ankle sprain, Tateson will never be signed by the Ice Flyers. I'd be willing to put money on it.
  4. Standard practice. Release the names over time to keep the team in the news.
  5. Truth be told, when I read the title that was the first name that popped into my head.
  6. He most definitely would have and did give the team a heads up. It wasn't necessarily a better job he left for. It was Edmonton wanting him to fulfill the second year of his contract he has with them.
  7. It was/is a German team. Dresdner Ice Pilots The GM at the time used to post on the old Pensacola fan board The Five Hole as El Presidente.
  8. Use a little logic: Pensacola didn't know whether or not Aldoff would return for 2017-18. Aldoff was attempting to complete trades, setting the protected the list, and recruiting as though he would continue to coach in Pensacola. As far as Greg Harris and the Ice Flyers knew, there was a possibility Aldoff would still be here they were not already negotiating with any new coaching candidates. Also, if there was backdoor dealing: 1) why did it take nearly two weeks to announce Bes as the coach after Rod's departure was announced (ex. when Rod was fired in Norfolk, his replacement was announced immediately); and 2) in order to get his best players to Pensacola, why not trade Thompson to Pensacola?
  9. Or not because there's a chance he could to return lol
  10. In fact, the inverse is true at the ECHL level. Most guys aren't assigned by the NHL teams. And the NHL isn't investing in the future of NCAA hockey, they're investing in feasibility studies to see if these universities can support D1 teams. That's a big difference and D1 schools play a far bigger role in development for the NHL than SPHL teams do. They have to look at what's best for them. The NHL does some dumb stuff but this is smart.
  11. They've already said they'll have a secondary PxP guy who will handle games when Eli has a conflict due to Bama football.
  12. That's not shrewd. And even if it is an attempt to be shrewd, that's the wrong part of the business to do it with. Branding is huge and should be treated as a huge part to starting up a hockey team. Especially when you're replacing a well-established brand like the Cottonmouths. You don't want to halfass it and getting caught in this surely makes it seem as though he hasn't made it all the way to halfass level.
  13. So the Columbus franchise is having an identity crisis. The same franchise meaning all SPHL Cottonmouths records belong to the team but they can't use the branding ... oooookay.
  14. lolwut. I'll just say this: just because the process isn't as public as Birmingham doesn't mean there's not progress. In fact, the league office was a little annoyed at how public the Birmingham situation was. Louisiana was because the owners used the renovation as an excuse to shut it down. I'm not sure why they hung on to the office for so long but 16-17 was doable for them in terms of a facility (not desirable but doable) and 17-18 would have been if they hadn't taken the year off. The other two are making progress. And with Columbus, again the league wasn't too excited about how a certain someone made the process very, very public.
  15. ESPN Pensacola was a locally owned affiliate of ESPN Radio. Their struggles just happened to almost coincide with the timing of all of ESPN's cuts.