It is common in the NHL, for a team to have more than more minor league affiliates, and the Philadelphia Flyers are no different. With their AHL affiliate Adirondack Phantoms gearing up for the season, the Flyers are tying up a loose end with their Eastern Conference Hockey League (ECHL) affiliate.
The Flyers previous had an agreement with the Trenton Titans, but the Titans announced that they were closing up shop at the end of last season. This was somewhat of a blow to fans that enjoyed traveling to watch Flyers rookies at cheaper prices, as the Titans being in Trenton were more accessible to fans than the AHL team.
The Titans closing their doors posed another problem: the Flyers still needed to have an ECHL team so they could keep prospects in the system. The Flyers will often pull up prospects from the Phantoms for a long period of time, so they would call up guys from the ECHL team to fill their space with the AHL team. Due to this, the Flyers needed to reach an agreement with another team.
This season, they have agreed to affiliate with the Greenville Road Warriors, which is a team they were affiliated with in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 NHL seasons. The Road Warriors are based out of Greenville, South Carolina, so unless you live there and are a Flyers fan, chances are making the trip to see the Phantoms is the better deal.
Although it may not be great for fans, the deal makes sense for the Flyers since they already know this particular organization and have been affiliated with them before.