While the Phantoms are a Flyers fan favorite, mostly since they used to play next door to the Flyers, the NHL team does have another farm team. Their East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) affiliate in the Trenton Titans is actually closer location wise for most fans than Adirondack.
Hopping over the border to Jersey is a lot easier than traveling to upstate New York. So why then are the Phantoms more popular than the Titans? Is it because the Phantoms are doing better in their respective division standings? Actually no, they are both teetering at the 3rd and 4th seeds in their divisions.
The Flyers GM Paul Holmgren recently released Jason Akeson to the Phantoms, which might spell trouble for the Titans‘ game. But like the AHL affiliate the Titans are having a mediocre season. They’re okay, but they have a lot of room for improvement. The Titans may be the 3rd seed in the Eastern Division but they have more losses than wins this season and a record of 8-10-0. They also currently have 17 points. So they’re not doing great, but the Phantoms are in similar shape.
So why then do we focus on the Phantoms more? Mainly because they are so popular with Flyers fans since they used to be so close. The other reason is because a lot of the rookie players from last season’s Flyers team have been assigned to the Phantoms. Fans who are depressed about the lockout are flocking to the Phantoms to hear about what Coots, Schenn and Rinaldo are doing in the minors.
Due to the lockout still in full effect (meetings are currently still on going) we at Broadstreetbuzz want to give the ECHL affiliate some coverage as well. So stay tuned for more Titan updates.
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