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The Trenton Titans are back

A familiar face has become the newest affiliate of the Flyers organization. The Trenton Titans will resume operations in the upcoming ECHL season, taking the place of the Trenton Devils at Sun National Bank Center and the Greenville Road Warriors as the ECHL affiliate of the team.

“The Philadelphia Flyers and the Comcast-Spectacor family of companies are excited to be affiliated with the Trenton Titans,” Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko said. “As our ECHL affiliate, we’re confident that our prospects will be playing in an environment here in Trenton that will help them develop their ultimate potential.”

—quote via Frank Seravalli, Philadelphia Daily News

 

So what does that mean for any Flyers fans? For starters, fans in the Trenton area will be able to see several Flyers prospects on the ice, and likely for relatively cheap. Here are some of the names that skated for Greenville last season with Flyer ties: Brian Stewart, Andrew Rowe, Nicola Riopel, Stefan Legein, Garrett Klotz, Shane Harper, Cullen Eddy, and Marc-Andre Bourdon. With a slightly deeper prospect pool this season and a potentially crowded blue line, some of the better-known prospects might see time with the Titans at one point or another.

Additionally, Trenton is much closer than the former Greenville affiliate, making it easy for the organization to keep track of the development of their players. All things considered, it was one of the easier moves the organization has had to make all summer.

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Primis's avatar

Trenton seems to be a good market that the Devils and their anti-Midas Touch nearly ruined.  I’m glad to see a local ownership with ties and deep pockets came in and rescued them.  The Trenton Devils were a joke and I can’t imagine the Titans 2.0 will be.

That said, I was very unimpressed with Philly the year my Kalamazoo Wings spent as their ECHL affiliate.  We got a throw-away goalie Jeremy Duchense (who it turned out they needed desperately late in the season and suddenly wasn’t such a throw-away), and d-man David Sloane (for like all of 8 games or something) and that was literally it for the entire season.  Good for them if they treated Greenville a bit better last year but…. that’s not cool.

At any rate as an ECHL fan I’m glad to know Trenton has been salvaged and the Devils are now out of their picture.

Posted by Primis on 07/28/11 at 06:57 PM ET

Marc Siciliano's avatar

The Flyers and Trenton have a pretty good history of success in the past, actually.

When they were affiliated Trenton only missed the playoffs one time I believe

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 07/28/11 at 07:06 PM ET

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They lost money every season under Devils ownership and they couldn’t steal fans away from the Flyers.  Next step is to move the Phantoms to Allentown. Mayor of Allentown is trying to declaring eminent domain to build the arena.

Posted by FlyersFan on 07/28/11 at 09:29 PM ET

Primis's avatar

From what I hear, Allentown might be taking a big risk.  Reading’s discovered that a nice new arena with a pro minor hockey tenant doesn’t necessarily add up to anything profitable.

Arenas need concerts, shows, and other events beyond a sports tenant to actually bring in money, and I’ve heard from quite a few people in that part of the country that it’s already hard enough to bring in concerts and other events because of the glut of venues in the region.  It’s cutthroat enough as it is.  Regions can only support so many venues and after that, you reach oversaturation and they all start to suffer.

If nothing else though I look forward to Glenn Falls opening up as a market that maybe the ECHL can get into in a couple years, and hope Wheeling can hang in there unlike Johnstown… though maybe Wheeling goes to Glenn Falls.

I know I’m rambling a bit off-topic here but, what’s the plan exactly with the Phantoms?  Would the Adirondack owners just move the team, or would the Allentown team be under another, different ownership group?  Anyone have any knowledge of this?

Posted by Primis on 07/29/11 at 01:39 AM ET

Marc Siciliano's avatar

Per wikipedia, the current ownership group is based out of Pittsburgh, with long-term plans to move the team to Allentown.

I’m sure the organization will do anything it can to help get its AHL team back in the same state

Posted by Marc Siciliano on 07/29/11 at 11:05 AM ET

Primis's avatar

I ask because I believe the owners of Adirondack are also owners of the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.  And I’m curious how all of this will shape the future in Wheeling.  They’re already playing “home” games in Johnstown now that the Chiefs left, trying to get enough of a fanbase.

Posted by Primis on 07/29/11 at 01:55 PM ET

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