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IHL IN SAN ANTONIO STILL A POSSIBILITY FOR NEXT SEASON

     Prospective IHL owner Greg Toole "hasn't given up his dream"
of putting a franchise in San Antonio for next season, according
to Tim Griffin in yesterday's SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS.  Toole
has reportedly met with every City Council member and has had
"extensive" negotiations with Alamodome manager Mike Abington.
Toole:  "The point where we would stop for this coming season is
fast approaching.  But it's not here yet.  There could be a lot
of shifting in the next 30 days."  Some City Council members,
however, say that the city is taking a "cautious attitude"
towards a new team -- due to the fact that the CHL Iguanas
already play in the city (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS, 4/30).
     SHARKS KEEP BLADES -- FOR NOW:  The Sharks announced last
week that they will maintain their arrangement with the IHL K.C.
Blades for at least one more season.  According to Sharks' Dir of
Hockey Ops Dean Lombardi, they have agreed to another one-year
deal, but he also said the Sharks "will take a look" at the AHL
as a "possible alternative" when the deal expires (Mike Weaver,
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 4/30).
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