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Sunday, February 02, 2020 12:36 am

Affiliation shakeup could help K's

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

If the Komets remain affiliated with the NHL's Vegas Golden Knights next season, it appears the Chicago Wolves won't be the team at the American Hockey League tier between them.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Wolves and Golden Knights are parting ways after this season

“The Chicago Wolves will be here next season,” chairman Don Levin told the Sun-Times. “But I don't know who we'll be affiliated with (at the NHL level).”

Last week, AHL president David Andrews said the Golden Knights are attempting to purchase an AHL team to move it to somewhere closer to Las Vegas. That team won't be the Wolves.

There has been frustration in Fort Wayne for two seasons with the Vegas affiliation and, in the opinion of many, the Wolves are the problem because they don't send down players and freely call up players Fort Wayne has independently signed.

That has improved this season, as the Golden Knights' system has been stocked with more players, but another AHL go-between could benefit Fort Wayne even more.

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