Mitch Beck, who does a great job covering the Wolfpack at Howlings, has the scoop on the Charlotte Checkers, currently the Rangers ECHL affiliate, will end that affiliation at season’s end. The Checkers are moving up to the big time, and becoming the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, replacing their current AHL affiliate, the Albany River Rats.
There are many rumors going around, that this could spur on several AHL/ECHL affiliate switches. But why not go with the simple solution? The main factor that drives an affiliation is proximity to the AHL and NHL clubs. Albany is very close to the city, and very close to Hartford. Why not just make Albany the ECHL affiliate?
Clearly, there are pieces to the puzzle that I don’t have, but this makes the most sense to me.