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Future lease, affiliation extensions possible but too far to forecast

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Prior to Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime win over Syracuse the Binghamton Senators and Broome County announced an extension of the lease agreement on the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena through the 2018-19 hockey season. This lease extension is the same length as the affiliation agreement between Binghamton and Ottawa that was announced in September of 2014.

Ever since the Rangers left town following the 1997 season, there have been rumors that the teams is coming back to Binghamton. Those rumors were quieted in September 2014, but will no doubt resurface as the end of the current affiliation agreement with Ottawa draws near.

However, Tom Mitchell, B-Sens Vice President of Operations, says that they're happy with Ottawa and Ottawa is happy to be in Binghamton so that change, while not impossible, is unlikely. Both he and County Executive Debbie Preston also said that they're hoping there are many more lease extensions in the future, but that it's too far away to see if the lease agreement and affiliation agreements will terminate at the same time in years to come.

"Binghamton makes geographical sense to Ottawa and probably a lot of teams in the National Hockey League in the northeast," Mitchell said. "But we're focused on working with Ottawa like we have for 14 years now. We have a great relationship with them. They like it here and we've been good partners so for right now we're sticking with them."

The Binghamton Senators have been the AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators since 2002.