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Bring on the ‘organizational synergy’ — Dallas Stars to buy AHL affiliate

Aug 7, 2014, 11:35 AM EDT

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From the press release:

Northland Properties Corporation, the parent holding company of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Dallas Stars, announced today the intent to purchase the Texas Stars, Dallas’ development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL), including the operations of the city-owned Cedar Park Center from Hicks Cedar Park LLC.

Key quote here:

“Some of the most successful organizations in the NHL own and operate their AHL affiliate and we look to bring that same organizational synergy between Dallas and Texas,” Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill said. “The Texas Stars have been a crucial part in the training and development of our young players over the last five seasons. It is important to continue the process of producing NHL-caliber players, coaches and front office staff at the American Hockey League level.”

Per the press release, thirteen other NHL teams own their AHL affiliates: Buffalo Sabres (Rochester Americans), Calgary Flames (Adirondack Flames), Edmonton Oilers (Oklahoma City Barons), Los Angeles Kings (Manchester Monarchs), Minnesota Wild (Iowa Wild), New Jersey Devils (Albany Devils), New York Islanders (Bridgeport Tigers), New York Rangers (Hartford Wolf Pack), Pittsburgh Penguins (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), San Jose Sharks (Worcester Sharks), Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto Marlies), Vancouver Canucks (Utica Comets) and Winnipeg Jets (St. John’s IceCaps).

Obviously, when an NHL team owns its AHL affiliate, it gives the parent team full control of its prospects and their development program. So, for example, even if a prospect is hurting that AHL team on the ice, that prospect can still continue getting ice time to help him develop, as long as the parent club wants that.

Related: Canucks purchase AHL franchise to ‘assume full control of our minor league development program’

  1. Windmiller4 - Aug 7, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Jim Nill has really put the stars in a position to succeed. They’re gonna be a top team in the league sooner than later.

  2. darksidecowboy - Aug 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Also have to give big kudos to new ownership with Mr. Gagliardi. He loves hockey and surrounds himself with talent and lets them do their jobs. Purchasing the AHL affiliate gives them stability that most NHL teams don’t have. Texas is becoming a hockey power in the south. Kind of a ridiculous statement I admit, but ten years down the line this could indeed be true. Look at California now with Kings, Ducks, and Anaheim. The cup has been getting a tan as of late.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 7, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      Hmmm, 3 of the last 5 SC champs are located in states where you can actually play hockey outdoors (the lagoon in the high school across from us froze for about 3 months of the year).

      But I do agree on the job the Stars GM seems to be doing. Stars biggest challenge currently is th division they play in. They would have been a 2nd or 3rd seed if they were EC.

      Looking at the Sagarin rankings, I think they were #2 in strength of schedule last year. Stars did improve on paper over the summer, and i suspect they’ll pass the Aves in the central. Problem is the Wild, Blues and hawks loook to be better as well.

      • i1theinternet - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:28 PM

        Passing the Avs (division champs) in the Central would also mean passing the Wild, Blues, and Hawks…

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        Sorry, I left a thought out, as I’d just posted on an Aves thread. I don’t see that the Aves made any net improvements over the summer, and especially have not addrtessed their defensive lack.

        I see them finishing 3rd to 5th in the central, still making the playoffs, as in the west it will likely be just the 3 Cali teams again.

  3. spydey629 - Aug 7, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Am I the only one who thought this was already the case? I thought Dallas owned the Texas Stars franchise back when they played in Iowa.

  4. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:04 AM

    I’m kind of surprised less than half the teams in the league own their AHL affiliates. I always assumed it was the norm. Smart move for Dallas… or any team.

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