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Atlanta Thrashers Move to Winnipeg Leaves AHL's Wolves Looking for New Affiliate

The Chicago Wolves are looking for a new NHL affiliate
The Chicago Wolves are looking for a new NHL affiliateJonathan Daniel/Getty Images
Steve JankowskiAnalyst IJune 1, 2011

CHICAGO — True North Sports and Entertainment announced they have reached an agreement to buy the financially troubled Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday and they plan on moving the team to Winnipeg for the 2011-2012 season.

True North already owns the Manitoba Moose of the AHL, so they will become the new AHL affiliate of the new NHL team in Winnipeg.

Where the Moose will move is yet to be determined.

The Thrashers move to Winnipeg and changed AHL affiliation is the first in a series of dominoes to fall regarding new minor league affiliations for 2011-2012.

The Vancouver Canucks will lose their AHL affiliate in the merry-go-round, and some are reporting that the Thrashers current affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, will fill that void.

However, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Wolves have been contacted by six NHL clubs about the affiliation void and the list has been narrowed to three teams.

Wolves GM Wendell Young told the Tribune that an announcement is expected early next week, but he did not specify who those three teams are.

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