Will Wolves be Affiliated with the Blackhawks Next Year?
Tonight, while watching the Wolves in an entertaining but meaningless win (in the standings anyway), a friend came over between periods and said,
“He’ll be gone next year.”
“Who? Granato?” I asked excitedly.
“Yes, um no, Yes.”
“What do you mean.”
“Atlanta won’t be here next year. The Blackhawks and Wolves will be together.”
“How do you know?”
“They’re talking about it…”
I couldn’t get a direct confirmation of who “They” is, but it’s intriguing and in some ways it makes sense.
Beyond the obvious advantage of having the Wolves closer to the Blackhawks, the other positives are:
- Common fan base energizes both clubs
- Newly energized Hawk fanbase provides cashflow to help Wolves (and then vice-versa)
- Unites those fans (which I think are in a minority) who claim that one can’t be a Hawks fan and Wolves fan because the Wolves support Atlanta(?! – Yes I’ve heard that argument)
- Good AHL players who are unaffiliated will prefer coming to (or staying with) the Wolves as they now have a crack at being called up by a contending team and have a shot at a Stanley Cup and Calder Cup. No offense to the Thrashers. (Though I think next season the Thrashers will make the playoffs.)
- Still don’t think Hawks GM Dale Tallon really knows what he’s doing, but then, maybe he could learn something from Wolves GM Kevin Cheveldayoff.
A few years back I would think such a move would be stupid as the Hawks were dragging down everything they touched.
Now, I kinda like the idea.
Remember, you heard it here first!