There is arena space available in towns with a prior history that could be the future home to teams in the Northern Ontario Jr. Hockey League, Midwest Jr. Hockey League or the new Canadian International Hockey League.
As of now, Elliot Lake is minus a team with the Bobcats having left town for Cochrane after being part of the NOJHL the past two years and the Greater Metro Jr. Hockey League for five seasons before that.
As the NOJHL has pursued putting a new team in Elliot Lake, so too has the CIHL looked into the retirement town.
Over in Michigan, meanwhile, the Tier 3 market in Flint just became open.
The Flint Jr. Generals of the North American 3 Hockey League have been sold and will relocate to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the 2014-2015 season.
The NA3HL just approved the sale of the Jr. Generals on Tuesday.
Playing out of Iceland Arena in Flint, the Jr. Generals had a 16-year run in Tier 3 hockey under the ownership of the cranky father-son duo of 85-year old Gale Kronk and 60-year old Kelly Cronk.
Flint looms as a potential future landing spot for the two-year old MWJHL, which already has a strong Michigan presence with four teams in the Metro Detroit area plus ones in Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse City.
Then there is Port Huron.
Port Huron has housed a team in the North American Hockey League for the past four years but the Fighting Falcons are relocating to the Pennsylvania town of Connellsville for the 2014-2015 campaign.
However, Port Huron could face a roadblock as a potential franchise in the MWJHL as the town is located within the 50-mile, territorial-protection radius of the MC Monarchs, who are based in Mount Clemens.
And there are two northern Michigan towns that are being viewed as potential landing spots for new junior teams: St. Ignace and Gaylord.
St. Ignace once housed a team in the NOJHL and Gaylord was home to an NAHL franchise several years ago.
Will Elliot Lake, Flint, Port Huron, St. Ignace and Gaylord be home to new teams in the next season or two?
As they say in the radio business: stay tuned.