By Mike Archer. Even the local newspapers are beginning to print the rumours about the imminent hockey deal that will see the Vancouver Canucks, who just purchased the Peoria Rivermen from the St Louis Blues, move their new farm team to Abbotsford.
The rest of the deal being reported has the Calgary Flames moving their farm team – The Abbotsford Heat – to Utica New York (see below).
The Vancouver Sun is reporting this morning that the one stick in the spokes appears to be the sweetheart deal made by bureacrats and politicians in Abbotsford – George Peary’s Deal – that is making it difficult for the Canucks to put a deal together that would see the Canuck’s farm team move to Abbotsford.
According to Ed Willes of The Province, “The sticking point, potentially, is the Flames’ agreement with the city of Abbotsford. Under that deal, the Flames are guaranteed $5.7 million in revenue per season and the city is responsible for any shortfall. Over the first three years of the deal, the city shelled out $3.58 million.”
Put simply – why would the Calgary Flames move anywhere as long as the Abbotsford taxpayer is willing to guarantee they won’t lose money if they stay?
Ironic isn’t it?
The desperate deal we made because we had no business plan to make money on the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (AESC) in order to ultimately prove the egos of those behind Plan A correct and show a profit on the AESC is the thing keeping us from being able to do so.
Thanks George …
Watch for another set of predictions
to come true 😉