|The Houston Aeros celebrate a goal at the Cedar Park Center earlier this season. (Credit: Texas Stars)
"Expect an announcement in the next couple of weeks that the Wild’s long relationship with the Houston Aeros is ending. The Wild has not been able to come to terms on a new lease at the Toyota Center.We've been expecting this for a while, but now it's official. Russo is a very reliable source. The Third Intermission is asking the fans to celebrate what they had in their initial memorial post. Celebrate the nineteen years the team had in Houston.
The Wild is expected to relocate its American Hockey League affiliate to Des Moines, where it will play at Wells Fargo Arena."
Anytime you hear about one market losing their team, your heart goes out to the fans. In every supposed 'bad market' (and Houston isn't a bad market, by the way), there are hardcore fans. I'm sure that the Aeros have season ticket holders that can count their games attended at over six and seven hundred. They remember the IHL days and Turner Cup battles and all the players who came and went.
Just think about how you'd feel if the Stars relocated. That's what's happening to dedicated fans in Houston right now. So while you might be tempted to engage in a little schadenfreude right now, I don't think that is an appropriate reaction. Houston is the Stars' biggest in-state rival, I would argue, based on frequency of play and level of competition between the two. While you might hate the club when the Stars are playing them, you can't be happy about this news.
Texas has already played their last regular season game in Houston against the Aeros. Houston has one more visit to the Cedar Park Center on April 19th.