|(Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle/Utica Comets)|
"Also it will take (at best) 8.5 hours for prospects to make it from Utica to Vancouver's Airport."In case you missed it, last night the Vancouver Canucks had to dress an amateur tryout goalie as their backup for a game against the Ducks in Anaheim. The Canucks tried to get their top AHL man, Joacim Eriksson, from Utica to the Honda Center in time for the game, but it didn't work.
One might make the argument that Anaheim is not Vancouver and any team with an east coast AHL team could have played a game in California needing a backup. However, the Canucks are certainly much more likely to play a game at Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Calgary, or Edmonton needing a backup goalie than New Jersey, Boston or Buffalo. That's just how divisions work.
Just another justification for the westward expansion of the AHL...
The Stars play the Comets this Saturday, their only visit to Cedar Park this regular season.