Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Senators have just two games left before the season comes to a close.
But will they be staying in Binghamton past this season?
Action Sports director Brendan O'Reilly sat down with B-Sens executive vice president Tom Mitchell who says it appears the B-Sens aren't going anywhere.
"How firm are we in having AHL hockey in the future?"
"Well, we are very firm but it's been a long drawn out process. Something I've been working on for several years. But we have concluded a new arrangement with Ottawa to extend our affiliation with them for the next 3 seasons. We've signed a letter of intent and it's contingent on us getting a lease with the county and the arena which is well on it's way and I don't fore see any problems there but I know there's an awful lot of people out there wondering what's going on so we though it would be the right thing to do to get out here and make an announcement...we're sure it's going to happen, it's just going to take some time," Mitchell says.
"What does it say about the relationship that you've had with the Ottawa organization that they've been what I assume is very pleased with what's happened here, that they're very committed to staying."
"Yeah, I think if you're sitting in Ottawa's seat, Binghamton makes a lot of sense. It's a stable market, great fans, great little building and they can come and go in 3 or 4 hours...well not 3 I guess unless you really get your foot into it, but 4 hours and with the Elmira Binghamton connection, I don't know how you find it much better than that. We're hoping Ottawa is going to step up and they say they will and try to help us out a little bit more on the ice then maybe in the past but we're happy to go another three years with them and I think the fans will be happy to know that we will have American League hockey here for three years and like I said, hopefully a lot longer than that," says Mitchell.