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New York Rangers Likely to Change AHL Affiliation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matthew Coller   
Saturday, 22 May 2010 21:47

The New York Rangers will likely change their AHL affiliation from the Hartford Wolfpack to the Rochester Americans beginning in the 2011-’12 season, a source close to the situation told Biz of Hockey.

This week, co-owner of the Rochester Americans Lewis Staats said the team will not extend its affiliation with the Florida Panthers past the 2010-’11 season, leaving the team a free agent.  Rochester ownership made harsh comments this week concerning their relationship with the Panthers.  Co-owner Curt Styres said he wants a partnership not a dictatorship, while Staats said the team’s best option is to search for a better affiliation.

According to the source, the Rangers, who reside approximately six hours from Rochester, are unhappy with their relationship with the Wolfpack and are very interested in becoming the parent club of the Americans.  Rumors surfaced that the Wolfpack might not be returning in February when the Albany River Rats, the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, were relocated to North Carolina.  The Albany Times Union said, “Among the teams rumored to be looking elsewhere are the Hartford WolfPack, owned by the New York Rangers, and Lowell Devils.”

River Rats owner Walter Robb also implied the Rangers were in the market to find a new affiliation and mentioned the possibility of the Rangers taking over the River Rats.

Syracuse has also been rumored to be another suitor for the Rangers, the Syracuse Post-Standard wrote in March, “The Rangers own their own franchise in Hartford and would have to sell it or put it in suspension if they want to pair up with Dolgon in Syracuse. It’s unclear how much the Rangers might have to pay to get out of their current deal with the Wolf Pack.”

Though details of the deal have not yet come available, it appears the Rangers will be moving their AHL club back upstate (the team was once affiliated with Binghamton), just not to Albany or Syracuse.



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      written by Ace, May 22, 2010

      Upstate is Rangers territory, unfortunately its on the wrong side since theyd be putting their affiliate in Rochester.

      Utica, Albany, Binghamton are Rangers markets. The Wolfpack should go to Utica or Albany instead.
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      written by vinnie, May 23, 2010
      Do not count out Binghamton again. Ottawa has worn out their welcome there and management is looking for a way to get rid of them asap.
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      written by oldfart, May 23, 2010
      When Ottawa tells Binghamton bye bye that will be the end of hockey in Bingo.

      I hope this puts to rest those funny rumors that MSG was going to build a new rink in Bingo & that the rag are returning to Bingo.

      Face it no one is knocking the door down to come to Bingo so after Ottawa leaves Bingo goes black.

      Have the county sell the arena put Binghamton out of it's hockey misery + save the taxpayers $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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      written by Blue Seat Blogs, May 25, 2010
      Syracuse is out, they just agreed to have the Ducks as their affiliate (on March 25, 2010).
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