New York Rangers assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld said Wednesday that he's happy the team's
But Schoenfeld, who acts as GM of the
The Whale's lease at the XL Center expires after this season, but a deal between Madison Square Garden Company and Global Spectrum's corporate head Comcast Spectacor was announced Tuesday. The deal is for three years, with a provision for two one-year additions.
While MSG was investigating alternative markets for the AHL team, Schoenfeld has maintained that he likes Hartford. Reached at his New York office Wednesday, Schoenfeld said he and the organization are happy with the deal.
"We’re looking forward to working with Global Spectrum," Schoenfeld said. "We are grateful for the time we had with [current XL Center operator]
Schoenfeld said he appreciates the roots the Rangers have planted in the market. The team's AHL affiliate moved to Hartford in 1997 and has remained while other teams have shifted their clubs to other markets.
"Oh, it's unique ... We're not the norm," Schoenfeld said. "It's good."
Asked if the team will definitely be known as the Connecticut Whale, Schoenfeld said he didn't know. League sources have said MSG has considered other names -- such as returning to the
The team was rebranded in 2010 by
As for details about the future with Global Spectrum, Schoenfeld said he needs time to digest the deal before talking in depth.