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TORONTO - Bob Murray was California dreaming about the American Hockey Leagues new Pacific Division because the Anaheim Ducks general manager will be able to wake up and drive down the coast to see his minor-league team in San Diego. T. J. Carrie Browns Jersey .Thats impossible for Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers executives, but those Canadian NHL teams will also benefit from the AHLs Westward relocation. Starting next season the Flames will have their top affiliate in Stockton, Calif., and the Oilers in Bakersfield in an attempt to give those organizations better development and access to minor-league players.As part of the all-California cluster, the Los Angeles Kings will have a team in Ontario and the Sharks in their own arena in San Jose.Us and Calgary dont have the luxury that the California teams do, but the division is going to be highly competitive and that will be really good on the development side, Oilers president Kevin Lowe said on a conference call Thursday. From our perspective, its the proximity for the other teams within our own division and the benefit that well get for our players in terms of having more practice days. Thats the biggest benefit.The Flames AHL team currently resides in Glens Falls, N.Y., which is a drive to a major airport and then a long flight from Alberta. The Oilers AHL team is in Oklahoma City.San Joses AHL team is now in Worcester, Mass., Anaheims in Norfolk, Va., and Los Angeless in Manchester, N.H.One practical implication is that these teams can now recall players from the AHL on shorter notice if injuries occur.You cant always control travel, but you would suspect in California youve got less of the travel issues as it relates to weather and those types of things, Calgary GM Brad Treliving said in a phone interview. The fact of the matter is its easier to get a body from Stockton, Calif., to Calgary than it is from the East Coast to Calgary, for a host of different reasons.These five AHL teams will play fewer games than the current 76 on the schedule, which Lowe said was part of the deal in creating the Pacific Division. Its unclear just how many there will be.Its going to drop, and the purpose of that is more emphasis on development and really to try to reduce completely the three (games) in three nights, Lowe said. Most people on the management side of hockey teams will suggest that its not great for development.This idea has been bandied about for several years. Murray said at a news conference in San Jose that he and former GM Brian Burke talked about it as soon as they got to Anaheim. The Pacific Division is the first phase of trying to geographically balance out the AHL, which historically has been centred in the East.I think it was just a matter of time, Treliving said. Its taken a long time and its not an easy undertaking. Theres a lot of moving pieces here.AHL president David Andrews called relocating five teams a complex process but one that launches a new era for the American Hockey League and for professional hockey in California.The Kings, Sharks and Ducks will get the benefit of having their teams in the same state. San Joses AHL team will even share SAP Center with the Sharks, an arrangement no other organization currently has.The Toronto Maple Leafs top affiliate, the Marlies, are in the same city, and the Philadelphia Flyers once had the Phantoms in another arena across the parking lot.Torontos a perfect example: Theres a benefit of being right there and theres a reason why they moved their team to Toronto, Treliving said. A player pulls a groin in Toronto on a morning skate, you can get a guy to drive across town.Edmonton to Bakersfield and Calgary to Stockton isnt that close, but its an improvement. Lowe estimated that the AHLs Condors will have about 20 to 25 extra practices per season than the Barons had in Oklahoma City, when the closest opponent was a six-hour bus ride away.This isnt a full-scale relocation as the Vancouver Canucks AHL team will remain in Utica, N.Y., and the Winnipeg Jets in St. Johns, N.L., for at least next season. But there are rumours of each NHL club wanting the same type of move as their Western Conference Canadian counterparts.The Jets have been linked to Thunder Bay, Ont., or even Winnipeg itself, and the Canucks potentially to Abbotsford, B.C., which used to be the home of the AHLs Heat. The Arizona Coyotes would like to join this movement, as well, and could put a team in Scottsdale.Theres no question that weve been involved in a lot of these discussions with a lot of our compadres in the West, and we hope to be a part of the Pacific Division if at all possible as early as the following season, Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said before his teams game against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. I would anticipate well be the ones to break the mould and our franchise wont be in California but itll be in Arizona.A bigger Pacific Division is very possible for the 2016-17 season. At that point it may even include a minor-league affiliate paired with a Las Vegas expansion team.The division has a flexibility if it grows in the future to play strictly in our own division, Lowe said. We like to think that the division will grow in time, but theres nothing concrete at this point.___Follow @SWhyno on Twitter Chad Thomas Jersey .J. -- Kevin Gilbride retired Thursday as offensive co-ordinator for the New York Giants. Tyrod Taylor Jersey . The $145.7-million Tim Hortons Field was slated to open this month, a year before it was to host all 32 mens and womens soccer competitions. The delay has forced the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football team to use a smaller facility for the first two home games of the season. . -- When the Los Angeles Kings are on top of their formidable defensive game, they revel in the silence they can create in a frustrated road arena.Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray is entering his 12th year in the CFL and his third with the Argos. Hes coming off a season where he was injured twice, missing eight games, but still put up some eye-popping numbers. Ray passed for just under 2,900 yards, completing 77 per cent of his passes. He threw 21 touchdowns against just two interceptions, finishing with a mind-numbing QB rating of 126.4. Ray sat down on Saturday for a chat with Mike Hogan, the play-by-play voice of the Argos on TSN 1050. MH: Whats different about camp this year? RR: The same basic philosophies are still there that coach (Scott Milanovich) carries on about how we practice, our tempo and what he expects from us, but there is a new feeling. We have a new defensive staff, a lot of new guys on defence. Offensively, were returning a lot of guys and coaches so it feels pretty similar. MH: On your side of the football, its good that you have the continuity that you do (Chad Kackert, Dontrelle Inman and Joe Eppele are the only 2013 starters not back this year). Can you put into words how important that is at this stage? RR: It just makes things so much easier. Thinking back to the first year here, there was so much to learn, trying to get used to a new system and trying to get used to all the guys around you. Last year and this year, weve all played together and have a lot of game experience together and were still running the same stuff out there, so youre not trying to get used to everything and you can go out there and try and improve on things from the previous year. MH: Whats your relationship like with Coach Milanovich in the off-season? Do you keep in contact continually trying to tweak things, or do you go home to Northern California and just ignore football for a couple of months? RR: I pretty much go home and get away from football. Hell call me every now and then and tell me whats going on, say if they have any new ideas and really just see how the off-season is going, but its only a couple of times a year. Other than that, I try to get back and relax and just get refreshed for the new year. MH: Your first two seasons in Toronto saw very different results. The first year couldnt have gone any better, winning the 100th Grey Cup. Last year, everything was going fine when you were on the field, but you had to deal with a couple of injuries. When you look back at last season, just how frustrating was it? RR: It was, just missing so mucch time and having to watch and rehab and do all that. E.J. Gaines Browns Jersey. It was fun to watch the guys play, to go out west and have that four-game winning streak, but not so much fun because youre sitting there watching and cant be out there playing. It was a weird year. We wrapped up first place and were just waiting around to see who we were going to play and had such high expectations and just werent able to get it done in the playoffs. MH: After the Argos were beaten badly in the 2010 Eastern Final by Montreal, some of them took it very hard, thought about it a lot in the off-season and used it as motivation. Did you think about losing last years Eastern Final often? RR: You think about it a lot, especially when you feel like you had a great opportunity to win the game. Sometimes when you get beaten pretty badly, its easier to swallow those than the ones that are close games where you had an opportunity to keep moving on. Its funny because were getting ready to play Hamilton in our next game (Thursday at Varsity Stadium), putting that film back on and then watching it (laughs) brings back a lot of not-so-good memories. So ya, that keeps you motivated. When you think about it, you try and work harder and you think about the next time you do get an opportunity like that to try and seize it. MH: There are still four running backs competing for the starting job. (Steve Slaton and Jeremiah Johnson are the new imports, up against returnee RB Curtis Steele. Also in the mix is University of Manitoba rookie Anthony Coombs) All of them seem to add something different to the mix. How would you assess the group? RR: Its been pretty fun watching them in camp. Curtis has a pretty good feel for what were trying to do out there. He gives a ton of effort on every play. The new guys are both very gifted athletes. Thats the position that we expect the most out of, with pass protection, running and catching out of the backfield and weve got three guys that can do it very well. Then you put Coombs in there and watching him, especially in one-on-one drills, he runs routes almost like a receiver, so hes going to be a good weapon for us. MH: Grey Cup or bust? RR: Thats what it is every year (smiles). Thats the expectation that (General Manager) Jim Barker and Coach Milanovich have put on us. Theyve built a great foundation here and we feel like we should be able to go out and win every year and have a chance to get to the Grey Cup. 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