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04-04-2013, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by HansH View Post
*As of this moment, do NOT know for sure which NHL team they will affiliate with in 2013-14 -- the most likely partner may be St. Louis and the Blues, but they have the option of negotiating an affiliation agreement with any willing partner, and if I'm not mistaken, there is more than one affiliation agreement that is up for renewal or transfer after this 2012-13 season.
*COULD in theory play the 2013-14 season without any NHL affiliation, but the league's replies to whether a team would be allowed to do so seem to always say "technically yes, but we don't think any owner would put themselves under that much of a financial burden to have to pay ALL of their players themselves instead of getting them supplied relatively cheaply through the NHL parent". So, it's a technical possibility, but a longshot.
Someone smarter than me will know more, but I'm pretty sure an affiliation is a requirement ever since the expansion to 30 teams.

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