For the 2008-2009 American Hockey League, the Manitoba Moose had an affiliation agreement with the Vancouver Canucks as well as the partial affiliation agreement with the Dallas Stars. As a result, the Moose received top prospects from two National Hockey League teams, sending the team to Game 6 of the AHL Calder Cup Final.
Starting next season, the Dallas Stars will once again have their own AHL affiliate. The team will be named the Texas Stars and will play out of Cedar Park, Texas.
But the Anaheim Ducks do not have an AHL team after they terminated their affiliation agreement with the Iowa Chops. The Chops ownership was unable to meet financial obligations and the team's operations have been suspended.
So could the Manitoba Moose sign a partial affiliation agreement with the Ducks?
"I think Anaheim, at the end of the day, is going to have their own team," Manitoba Moose general Manager Craig Heisinger told Ken Wiebe of Sun Media "The Dallas thing worked for different reasons and as much as think it would be a benefit to add some top prospects, I just don't think the Anaheim situation would be a very good fit."
It will be interesting next year to see how much of an effect Dallas' prospects Maxime Fortunus, Mark Fistric and Ray Sawada had on the team and if the Moose can make it back to the Calder Cup Final.