Will the Hurricanes be affiliated with the Albany River Rats next season? Good question.
General manager Jim Rutherford had this to say about the American Hockey League team:
"In all likelihood we will be affiliated with Albany this season. We will know in the next few weeks."
Odds are, the Canes will continue with that affiliation. And while Rutherford does not want to comment further, the guess here is that it's possible it will be the last season the Canes and Rats are affiliated.
How about this: the Hurricanes buying an AHL team, putting it in Charlotte and expanding its "footprint" in the state? Seems like that would make sense.