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02-06-2012, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Majik1987 View Post
What about Anaheim? They seem like they let talent play in the AHL before pulling them up. How are they with Vets?
Anaheim has had a rough road with its various AHL affiliates. They have had a string of AHL affiliates in recent years: Portland Pirates, Iowa Chops, Syracuse Crunch and even went one year (2009-10) without an affiliate. I don't know if this was bad luck, difficult relationships or what, but it certainly doesn't help your development system to keep changing affiliates. I think the choice to move to Iowa was because Portland was about as geographically remote from Anaheim as you can get, and then Iowa was suspended by the AHL.

But Anaheim has also made some questionable moves - such as sending Bobby Ryan down basically because of salary cap issues. Brian Burke is known for being somewhat autocratic with AHL affiliates and for drafting poorly, so it is not surprising that a lot of the instability had roots in Burke's time in Anaheim.

The Canucks and Manitoba Moose had an excellent relationship, but it took a few years to get there. The Moose came from the defunct IHL and when they joined the AHL they formed an affiliation with the Canucks (and Brian Burke). The initial 3 years was a bit rocky. The Canucks choice of coach, Stan Smyl, wasn't very successful and the Moose didn't feel much of a partnership with Burke. It also didn't help that Brian Burke was a horrible drafter, so the prospect sent to Manitoba were largely trash (Brandon Reid, Fedor Fedorov, Kirill Koltsov, Nathan Smith, Sean Pronger). One of the things you can credit Dave Nonis with is rebuilding the partnership with Moose GM Craig Heisinger and hiring Randy Carlyle (and later Alain Vigneault). Mike Gillis built upon Dave Nonis's foundation and until the Jets joined the NHL, had the model affiliate relationship. Craig Heisinger was responsible for finding Alex Burrows in the ECHL and most of our core players were developed in Manitoba.

Hopefully the Chicago Wolves and Canucks will have as successful a relationship.

BTW - I'm not just bashing Burke. Burke is just not a partnership guy, and works better with a team owned affiliate like the Toronto Marlies.

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