Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Report: Albany arena offers deal to Devils

In the latest attempt to draw an American Hockey League franchise to Albany for next season, Times Union Center management has offered the New Jersey Devils a long-term contract to house their prospects in the downtown Albany arena, according to a local report.
Reportedly, TUC general manager Bob Belber has sent a 10-year contract to Devils team officials for New Jersey to reclocate its AHL franchise from Lowell, Mass. to Albany after this season.
Earlier in the week, negotiations between Belber and Portland Pirates management were mutually ended as TUC officials had sought to lure the Portland franchise and its affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres to Albany.
Albany is in its fourth and final year as an affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes as the River Rats franchise will be moved to Charlotte, N.C. for next season.
The New Jersey Devils served as the top affiliate of the River Rats in the franchise's first 13 years in Albany.
When Carolina moved its AHL affiliation from Lowell to Albany for the 2006-07 season, the Devils moved their AHL affiliate to Lowell the same year.
Belber couldn't reached for comment on Wednesday.


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