Following a first round exit in the Calder Cup Playoffs to the Syracuse Crunch, the eventual Eastern Conference Champions, Portland still has some intriguing questions heading into the 2013-14 season.
Similar to the situation in Phoenix, the Portland Pirates coaching staff is still looking for a new contract. The Pirates coaching staff is actually part of the Coyotes coaching staff and thus will not receive a new contract until the situation in Phoenix becomes more stable.
The Cumberland County Civic Center, the home rink to the Portland Pirates, is currently undergoing renovations. The updates to the facility will take place well into the fall, meaning the Pirates will play their first 12 home games in Lewiston, Maine at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee. The rink was the former home of the Lewiston Mainiacs when the city had a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) franchise. The arena in Lewiston is an approximately 45 minute drive up I-95 from Portland.
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