According to Paul Doyle in the Hartford Courant, the Rangers deal with the XL Center in Hartford and management company AEG’s deal with the building expire after this season.
Doyle says that the Rangers have been unable to try and negotiate an extension because they don’t have a management company to negotiate with.
AHL President Dave Andrews says that the league has been working with the Rangers on finding a potential new home for the Rangers AHL affiliate if they can’t return to Hartford.
The Rangers, if they can’t return to Hartford, will look for a new location that geographically makes sense.
On twitter, Doyle spoke with Rangers assistant GM and Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld who said that geographically, Hartford is perfect for the Rangers.
Schoenfeld told Doyle that the Rangers are just doing their “due diligence” in looking around and haven’t made any decisions yet.
The city of Hartford owns the XL Center and they plan to make a decision on a new management company for the building soon.
John Tortorella has said in the past that he likes how close the Rangers AHL team is.