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Old 05-11-17, 04:25 PM   #26
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Old 05-16-17, 02:02 PM   #27
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Re: 2017 NHL Off-Season Thread

The Blues fired their assistant coaching staff.

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hocke...2f3cee6d7.html
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Old 05-17-17, 06:43 AM   #28
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ST. LOUIS - Starting with the 2017-18 season, the Blues won't be the primary affiliate of the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves. That's because the Wolves now have a primary affiliation with the Vegas Golden Knights.

However, the Blues will continue to assign players and recall players from the Wolves next season.

Wait… what?

If you're confused, you're not alone. Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong held a conference call with the media on Tuesday afternoon and cleared up some of the confusion.

Here are the basics of what you need to know:

1. The Blues will continue to send prospects to the Chicago Wolves in 2017-18, as will the Vegas Golden Knights.

2. The Golden Knights will not be using Blues prospects on their NHL club in Vegas, just like the Blues won't be calling up Golden Knights prospects to St. Louis.

3. Vegas will be participating in the NHL Draft next month, and most of the players they select will be around 18 years of age and not yet ready to play in the American Hockey League. This is where the Blues come in - St. Louis can supply plenty of AHL-ready players right now.

4. Because the Golden Knights will select 30 NHL players at the expansion draft, all of them won't be able to play on Vegas' NHL roster. Therefore, some veteran NHL players will likely be assigned to the Wolves, where they can mentor some of the Blues' upcoming prospects.

5. Because of roster size limitations, Blues prospects that won't report to the Chicago Wolves will be reporting to other organizations, which are yet to be announced.

"Part of my comfort level is my relationship with (Vegas GM) George McPhee," Armstrong said of the arrangement. "He and I have talked extensively on the benefits of this relationship… I think it's a really competitive advantage for Vegas and us to join forces. We can input some of our better prospects into their environment."

Armstrong said the Blues have looked into options that included having their own AHL affiliate for this season, but those options have not yet worked out.

"We've had some irons in the fire, but they didn't take hold," Armstrong said.

The Blues will continue to look into having their own affiliate beginning with the 2018-19 season.
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Old 05-19-17, 12:52 PM   #29
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Well, I've gone full hockey-geek now. I bought a ticket to the NHL Awards/Expansion Draft at T-Mobile on June 21st. I was going to skip it, but I figured for $30, it might be a fun place to be for a couple of hours.
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Old 05-19-17, 02:31 PM   #30
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Why didn't St. Louis put their AHL team in Kansas City while Vegas put a team in Reno. I heard their is no ice facility in Reno but they should be able too fix that.
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Old 05-19-17, 03:15 PM   #31
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Why didn't St. Louis put their AHL team in Kansas City while Vegas put a team in Reno. I heard their is no ice facility in Reno but they should be able too fix that.
No, they didn't.




Wolves Join Forces with Vegas Golden Knights


May 16, 2017

GLENVIEW, Ill. — The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that the organization has signed a multi-year partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights, the National Hockey League’s expansion franchise that begins play in 2017-18.

The Wolves, who have earned four league championships, and the Golden Knights have forged an alliance based on their shared belief that winning is a crucial component of the American Hockey League experience. Vegas general manager George McPhee and Wolves owner Don Levin have it written into the teams’ agreement that the goal is to win championships at the AHL level.

“If you look at George McPhee’s history, he has always been a general manager who believes that winning is an important part of developing players,” Levin said. “Professional playoffs are different than the regular season and he understands that and he wants his players to be ready to win.”

During the nine seasons when McPhee served as the Washington Capitals’ GM and the Hershey Bears worked with the Capitals (2005-14), Hershey captured three Calder Cup championships.

“American Hockey League affiliates play a significant role in the success of all NHL clubs and are we are proud to have the Chicago Wolves as our first in team history,” McPhee said. “I would like to thank Don Levin, Wendell Young and the rest of the Wolves organization for their commitment to the game and helping young hockey players grow to reach their full potential as professionals. Chicago is without question one of the strongest, most passionate hockey communities in North America. This is a relationship that we truly believe will be mutually beneficial.”

The Golden Knights have just two players under contract — rookie forward Reid Duke, who spent the final five weeks of the 2016-17 season practicing with the Wolves, and Russian center Vadim Shipachyou — but that will change rapidly as McPhee and his hockey operations staff are in the final stages of preparation for the NHL Expansion Draft (June 18-21) and the NHL Entry Draft (June 23-24 in Chicago).

“We’re starting from the ground up with a new franchise,” said Wolves general manager Wendell Young. “It will be exciting to build both franchises together with the same philosophy.”

The Wolves captured the 2017 Central Division title — their fourth division crown in the last eight years — as the franchise enjoyed its finest regular-season showing (101 points) in seven seasons. The Wolves also reached the Central Division Finals during the 2017 Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Wolves have multiple ticket packages available for the 2017-18 season, including the opportunity to Call Dibs on a season-ticket seat for just $25. Click here for more information or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


The Raiders will have their training facility in Reno, however.
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Old 05-19-17, 04:12 PM   #32
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I don't know why the Chicago Wolves don't join the NHL. I can think of 500,000 reasons.

When they were in the IHL,the Wolves and Detroit Vipers were as close as you could get to being NHL teams. Then the Vipers,along with most of the IHL went in the toilet. I think Chicago and Milwaukee survived and entered the AHL.
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