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FLYERS LOOKING TO HAVE AHL TEAM PLAY IN PHILLY
Published November 28, 1995
Flyers President & GM Bob Clarke said Sunday the team plans to apply to have a new AHL affiliate play next door at the CoreStates Spectrum, according to the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. The Flyers are currently affiliated with the Hershey Bears, and while a Bears representative says he has heard nothing from the Flyers, sources close to the situation say the Bears expect the Flyers to pull out of their agreement by the mid-December renewal deadline. Les Bowen reports, while the AHL still has to grant the Flyers a team, sources say the AHL is eager to get in the Philadelphia market and "will not stand in the Flyers' way." The team would play in the CoreStates Spectrum while the Flyers play in the new CoreStates Center. AHL expansion franchises currently go for $1.5M and the municipally owned Cornwall (Ontario) Aces are believed to be for sale for less than $1.5M. Cornwall is currently the Avalanche's AHL affiliate. Clarke said the Flyers currently spend from $750,000 to $1M a year in their agreement with Hershey, but feel they could operate a team for less in Philadelphia (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 11/27).