Big news this afternoon, as it has been announced that the affiliation agreement between the Nashville Predators and the Milwaukee Admirals is being extended through the 2013-14 season, with a mutual option for the 14-15 season.
The Admirals and Predators will be extending what is currently the third longest continuous relationship, behind the Providence-Boston and New York Rangers-Connecticut duos.
This is very good news, especially considering the doubt that was cast upon the partnership at the start of the season. You may recall that Jeff Cogen , the Chief Executive Officer and alternate Governor of the Predators, reportedly commented at their Skate Of The Union event that he expected all of the primary affiliates to be within three hours driving distance.
I think the best quote in the press release comes from David Poile, where he recognizes that the staff in Milwaukee have ‘created a major league environment for our prospects.’ I think that’s one of the under-appreciated aspects of the relationship between the two teams. They get to train in first class facilities, and get to live and play in a great city. Do you think the Flyers feel the same way about the Adirondack Phantoms? (I’m sure Glens Falls, NY is nice and all….but…..)
So here’s to the future. Here’s to the new boss….same as the old boss. Which is great. And you can still drink every time you hear the phrase “The road to Nashville goes through Milwaukee.”