AHL cautious about lockout boost

Updated: September 19, 2012, 9:39 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The American Hockey League is ready to step right up if called upon this fall, as the NHL lockout is a mixed blessing but still a valuable one for North America's No. 2 pro hockey circuit.

Mixed because, while the chance to own the stage while the big show is in a labor impasse has historically been a boost to the AHL, there's also the reality that the two leagues are solid partners.

It's a delicate balance for AHL president David Andrews, who can't be seen as licking his chops given ...

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