INDEPENDENCE, MO – The Missouri Mavericks could be moving to their third league in franchise history after this season.
A report by Lou Korac, who covers the St. Louis Blues for nhl.com, indicates the Blues will not renew their affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves after this season and will purchase a new franchise to be housed in Kansas City and owned by current Mavericks owner Lamar Hunt, Jr.
According to the source in Korac’s story, it’s pretty much “a done deal.”
This is not the first time such rumors have come to light. See this tweet from Blues beat reporter Jeremy Rutherford:
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) November 30, 2016
It is worth noting that the Blues are currently paired with the Mavericks, and that the Mavs affiliation deal with the New York Islanders will run out at the end of the season. In addition, Korac reports Hunt, Jr. has long wanted to own an NHL franchise, is said to be someone in the not-too-distant future to buy a stake in the Blues and become part of current Blues owner Tom Stillman’s group.
Korac also reports the new AHL and United States Hockey League franchises will play at Sprint Center, in downtown Kansas City.
This afternoon, the Mavericks issued a statement, categorically denying Korac’s reporting and solidifying their efforts to remain in Eastern Jackson County.
“While Lamar Hunt, Jr. and the Mavericks hockey team have a working relationship with the Blues, we have no plans to leave the ECHL or Silverstein Eye Centers Arena and any speculation would be just that.”
Stay with The Sin Bin for more on this story as it develops.