Telegram.com on Worcester Railers joining ECHL, and NYI possible involvement sending officials, with agreement possible in three weeks with team leaving Missouri.
The team hopes to have an NHL affiliation in place well before it can
sign free agents and that could happen as soon as three weeks from now,
according to Rucker. Signs point to the Railers having a tentative
agreement in place with the New York Islanders, whose AHL affiliate is a
relatively short drive away in Bridgeport.
"We have no comment,"
Rucker said, "other than to say that the Railers are interested in
doing business with people who want to do business with us and nothing
has been signed yet."
The Islanders have shown substantial
interest, going as far as sending a contingent of executives from their
player development department up to Worcester to talk with Railers
officials and look at the DCU Center last autumn.
are affiliated with Missouri of the ECHL, but that's not a good
geographical mix and Missouri has also gotten some St. Louis Blues
prospects this year. However, the Islanders just fired head coach Jack
Capuano and the franchise could be on the verge of a reorganization.
This is a new franchise that wants to get up and running quickly, the Blues being a part of the Missouri Mavericks affiliation with Islanders is only natural for them, the Islanders agreement expires there at the end of this season.
This would remove any chance of the Islanders putting an ECHL team in Nassau Coliseum or Webster Bank Arena doing Prokhorov-Ratner no favors with Ratner's agreement to supply an AHL team.