Blues make Chicago Wolves their new AHL affiliate

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The AHL’s Chicago Wolves aren’t the Vancouver Canucks affiliate team anymore, but that won’t change the fact that they’re positioned to give the Chicago Blackhawks a hard time. Another Central Division rival – the St. Louis Blues – announced a three-year partnership with the team on Tuesday.

Back when the Blackhawks weren’t a sellout machine, the Wolves occasionally crowed about being the place to go to watch “successful” pro hockey. In general, they’ve developed a reputation for ribbing their local NHL neighbors.

It might not just be about spite, though. Wolves management told Chicago that the team wants more control over personnel moves on Monday.

“To have someone else control some of the moves (we make) doesn’t work well in this market with our owner,” Wolves president Mike Gordon said.