The Vancouver Canucks might be looking for a new ECHL minor league affiliate for the upcoming season.
The Canucks affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings signed in September 2012 was for one year and has since expired.
The Wings have been the Canucks ECHL affiliate the past two seasons. Prior to that the Canucks had an affiliation agreement with the now-defunct Victoria Salmon Kings.
Prospects like Steven Anthony, Adam Polasek, and Yann Sauve have all spent time with the Wings the last two seasons due to the limited amount of roster spaces with the Chicago Wolves.
The Canucks have their own American Hockey League team, the Utica Comets now, so it is very unlikely we will see any Canucks prospects in the ECHL unless they are struggling heavily. However, the Comets will need a place to stash players on AHL contracts, so the Canucks will still need an ECHL affiliate.
There’s a good chance they will re-sign with the Wings.