Darren Dreger of TSN broke a very interesting story on Thursday that could have huge ramifications for the American Hockey League.
According to Dreger, reps from the Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames met with NHL VP Bill Daly this month to discuss a "west wing" of the AHL — or even an entire new minor league to serve Western Conference teams.
The issue at hand: Their minor league farm teams are just too far away. From Dreger:
Although the AHL has trimmed its schedule from 80 games to 76 this season to eliminate the instances where teams were burdened by playing four games in five days, the view of the NHL clubs most interested in change, or intrigued by the concept of starting a new league; is based on the belief that their players aren't being properly developed because of the American Hockey League grind, limited practice schedules, and the fact most of the farm teams are thousand...