Whenever there is talk of a NHL team coming to KC there are a lot of variables and speculation. If this happens, then this might happen, then we might have a NHL team at Sprint Center. Each scenario is rather convoluted.
As a full-time hockey fan and part-time blogger, I’m going to do my own speculation for what I believe is the best option for Kansas City — an American Hockey League team.
The group that is going to operate the Independence Arena is having trouble, as documented in the KC Star.
Excitement about new Independence arena is tempered by questions about venue’s operator
This could mean an AHL team in Independence. How?
Let’s say Global Entertainment’s deal with the city of Independence falls apart. Well, since Global owns and operates the CHL, the agreement to have a team in Independence ends — just as it ended in Youngstown.
SMG comes in to operate the Independence Arena and looks for a new hockey tenant. They target the AHL, just like SMG has AHL teams in the following arenas they operate.
Grand Rapids, MI
The AHL is interested, because, well, the AHL has always been interested in KC, but has never been properly approached about putting a team in the #31 television market. Kevin Gray never properly approached them. AEG never properly approached them. NHL21 thinks there is an AHL team in Philadelphia, so they have no idea and no clout anyway.
Are the scenarios for an NHL team in Sprint Center equally as far-fetched? Yes.