Capitals reach agreement with AHL's Hershey Bears
Posted 28 April 2005 - 07:45 PM
So I wonder who Colorado will use as their farm team.
Posted 01 May 2005 - 02:01 PM
Posted 01 May 2005 - 09:08 PM
Dallas Stars will drop their affiliation with Hamilton Bulldogs (shared with the Montreal Canadiens) and start up again with the new Iowa Stars. Montreal Canadiens will keep Hamilton all to themselves.
Calgary Flames will drop their affiliation with Lowell Lock Monsters (shared currently by the Carolina Hurricanes) and start up again with a new team in Omaha (currently no mascot). Carolina will continue to share Lowell next season but this time with the Colorado Avalanche.
St. Louis Blues will have a new AHL affiliate next season in the new Peoria Rivermen team. The Blues' current affiliate, the Worcester IceCats, are moving to Peoria, Illinois. That will be a big help to St. Louis to call up players at the last minute.
Toronto Maple Leafs will no longer have St. Johns Maple Leafs as their farm. St. Johns is packing up and moving to Toronto to become the Marlies.
As for the Portland Pirates losing their affiliation with the Washington Capitals, Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek issued the following statement:
“A relationship between the Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears makes a great deal of sense based upon the locations of the respective markets. This is a good move for both organizations and for the league and we wish the Capitals well. We look forward to introducing our new NHL affiliate to our fans in the near future and to launching a new era of Portland Pirates Hockey.”
All I can say is...good luck with that. When the Dallas Stars dropped the Michigan K-Wings as their IHL farm team, the K-Wings were looking at folding the team because no other NHL team needed them.
Posted 01 May 2005 - 09:37 PM
With 30 AHL teams and 30 NHL affiliates, that leaves precious little room for guys to try and work their way up from the UHL or ECHL if they are not a draftee, or were at one point but didn't stick.
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