SPRINGFIELD, MA – In the base city for American Hockey League operations, the Springfield Falcons announced this morning announced an agreement for the Arizona Coyotes to buy the Falcons franchise.
Soon after the sale was announced, the team’s twitter account was disabled, but curiously, their Facebook page remains active.
The move would open up the likelihood for the team to move to Tucson, AZ where they would begin play at the Tucson Convention Center next season, but is contingent upon AHL Board of Governor approval, finalizing closing conditions, and signing an arena lease agreement.
The team would move to the pacific division and join the Ontario Reign, Stockton Heat, San Diego Gulls, San Antonio Rampage, Texas Stars, San Jose Barracuda and Bakersfield Condors.
Should a move happen, the Vancouver Canucks will be the lone NHL Pacific hold out with an AHL team in the eastern United States (Utica Comets).
Last season, the Springfield Falcons were the AHL affiliate for the Rapid City Rush. The Rush and Arizona Coyotes have one year remaining on a two-year affiliation agreement.
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