“Although we are aware that the Carolina Hurricanes are nearing an affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, the Hurricanes have had little dialogue with us on this matter,” the statement said. “At a time when the NHL teams value affiliations with a closer proximity between the two clubs, we understand the confusion that such a decision would cause. “
The Checkers, formerly the Albany River Rats, moved to North Carolina in 2010.
The team won its first Calder Cup in 2019, coincidentally beating the Wolves.
The Wolves were affiliated with the Vegas Golden Knights, but the club recently purchased the San Antonio Rampage with the intention of moving the team to Henderson, NV to become its AHL affiliate.
The Rampage had been affiliated with the St. Louis Blues, but the Blues have since announced a partnership with the Springfield Thunderbirds.
At the moment, the Florida Panthers are the only NHL team without an AHL affiliate.
The Raleigh News & ObserverLuke De Cock reports that the Hurricanes may announce their agreement with the Wolves as early as next week.