There's a story in the Flint Journal, in which Generals owner Brandon Bordeaux expresses optimism that additional investors will be found and the team will be back next season, thus saving the IHL.
Click here to read the story.
It's interesting that no one seems to understand what's going on with the Generals' lease up there, but there is reference to the Generals having first right of refusal in the building, which is something Komets president Michael Franke has been saying for months.
I'm not exactly sure what that means, though, with a new junior team already agreeing to a lease there. Does it mean the Generals would get the first crack at dates?
As I've written all along, I still think if Ron Geary comes on as the owner, the thought must be that he gets his organization going there and then moves it to Evansville and the new arena for the 2011-12 season. It would be a smart move, getting the infrastructure, coach and players in place, so you don't have a crappy expansion team in a new Evansville market. But if people suspect that's what he's doing, will the fans in Flint support the Generals?
Or, I could be way off, and Geary might be thinking of having two teams in the IHL, but I can't imagine too many people in these economic times planning on floating two franchises -- one in an unproven market and the other in a failing market.
- As you all know, my idol growing up was Steve Yzerman. He could be heading to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hard to imagine him with an organization not named Detroit. But I guess it makes sense, if he wants to be a general manager. That will never happen in Detroit, as long as Ken Holland, the absolute best in the business, is there. Plus, could you imagine the pressure on The Captain, being a GM in Detroit? Weird feeling about this, though, just weird.
- I neglected to post this: Corpus Christi of the Central Hockey League is going to the North American Junior Hockey League. Well, hmm, have fun with that. I know it has produced a lot of NHL talent, but unless it's really, really improved in recent years, this is not a product that pro markets (hello, Flint) will particularly enjoy.
- I always believed Bruce Richardson, one of my favorite ex-Komets, would be a good coach someday. Now we'll find out: Click here.
- Finally, don't forget about tonight's episode of "We've got Game," co-hosted by myself and Ben Smith. We will talk hockey, Indy 500 (with Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch), NBA and a lot of pop culture this week. We'll have the second edition of our "Living the Dream" segment. The show airs live 5 to 6 p.m., but you can listen anytime afterward, and we hope you do. And you can even use your iPod or iPad for it. (I'm having trouble getting our radio button up on this site, right now, so go here to listen. Please, bookmark the show's home page, where all the old shows can be found, and there's lots of fun stories. We're on Facebook, too, so please fan that. Finally, we're on Twitter: @wevegotgame.