Reason: wrong place
I'm reposting an Edmonton article here.
http://www.faceoff.com/hockey/teams/edm ... bb23e3&p=1
BTW, rams80 is probably right- it'll take a perfect storm for a west coast division to take hold, because it would probably need at least 5 teams moving at the same time. Heck, San Jose, Phoenix, Kings, Ducks, and Vancouver would need to virtually act at once, and one of Calgary, Edmonton, or Colorado might need to situate a team west of their current domain.
Furthermore, if you'll allow me to speculate:
San Jose - Fresno? Stockton?
Vancouver - Victoria, and not even a hint of another choice here
LA Kings - um, Ontario? Bakersfield? Fresno?
Anaheim - very good question. Bakersfield? Ontario? Fresno? Some suburb of San Diego?
Phoenix - Tucson, provided their arena actually gets built.
Of course, I'm not sure the courts have been enforcing anti-trust for 15 years now.
The problem here is that the AHL has no U.S. team west of Texas, and the league requires remote franchises to subsidize the travel costs of visiting teams. To make AHL hockey more feasible in San Diego, then, would require an extensive league expansion or the coordinated migration of multiple affiliates.
I was happy with the GULLS