Apr 23, 2013, 9:20 PM EST
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 Business.com 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.
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- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller 97
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ 115
- Lecavalier out 3-4 weeks with non-displaced fracture in back 8
- Islanders players hold closed-door meeting after ninth straight loss 14
- Penguins’ Neal has phone hearing for knee on Bruins’ Marchand 89
- Shawn Thornton confirms hearing with NHL Department of Player Safety (Updated) 87
- Video: Penguins’ Neal knees Bruins’ Marchand 69
- Penguins announce Brooks Orpik ‘alert and conscious’ (Updated) 47
- Shawn Thornton: ‘People could probably criticize that I’m a little too honorable’ 78
- Video: Penguins’ Orpik stretchered off ice; Bruins’ Thornton given match penalty (180)
- Neal suspended five games for kneeing Marchand in the head (131)
- Pens put Orpik on IR (127)
- Bruins coach admits Thornton crossed the line, slams Pens for not being ‘truthful’ (115)
- Report: Dion Phaneuf will face hearing for hit on Kevan Miller (97)