Comments: Can you tell me approximately when we will find out about our affiliation with an NHL and AHL club for the 2011-12 season?
Reply: It’s too early to say. We had a good season working with Minnesota last season, but certainly the affiliation won’t be addressed until some of their other business from this current season is completed. Primarily, their AHL team in Houston is still playing in the playoffs, and then in the early part of June they’re focused on the NHL Draft. In addition, the draft this season is in Minnesota, so there may be more preparations than usual for hosting that event.
In the past three seasons of having an affiliate, one announcement came near the end of May, and the other two announcements were in August. So I would lean toward later rather than sooner.
-The Mailbag Guy