This Eastern Conference Team Just Lost their AHL Affiliates and have no replacement

Published August 28, 2023 at 0:40

Since the announcement that the Chicago Wolves will become an independent team of the American Hockey League and will no longer be affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team is currently in a tight spot.

Waddell announced that the team will have to find a new affiliate for the upcoming season since they have been unable to come to an agreement with another one. Currently, there is no official word as to whether there will be an expansion team in the AHL, but there is no official word yet.

"The long-term plan is for us to have our own affiliate for the 2024-25 season," said Carolina general manager Don Waddell back in May.

As it turned out, the solution to the club's problems can be found in the fact that it will have to loan out other prospects to other AHL clubs so that they can be sent back to Europe to play for the Hurricanes.

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The Hurricanes have done a bit to address that concern though, with the signings of Tony DeAngelo, Caleb Jones, Dylan Coghlan and Brendan Lemieux and that's also probably the reason why the team is currently carrying nine defensemen; because of the need for that accessible depth.

As a result, Alexander Pashin has already been sent back to Russia, while Aleksi Heimosami, Tuuka Tieksola, and Ville Koivunen have all been sent back to the Finnish SM-Liga.

In the event that Waddell and company are called up to the field due to illness or injury in the future, this will spell trouble for them.

At certain points during the season, the team may have to use a smaller roster as a result of this, which will cause a problem for the team.

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This Eastern Conference Team Just Lost their AHL Affiliates and have no replacement

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