Capitals in the market for new ECHL affiliate

Capitals in the market for new ECHL affiliate
June 3, 2014, 6:30 pm
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(Associated Press)

With the ECHL Reading Royals announcing their new affiliation with the Philadelphia Flyers at an 11 a.m. news conference on Wednesday, what will the Capitals do for an ECHL affiliate?

The Greenville (S.C.) Road Warriors might be an option.

During their two-year affiliation with the Royals, Capitals prospects Philipp Grubauer, Stanislav Galiev and Patrick Wey suited up for Reading, who won the Kelly Cup this season as ECHL champions.

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"The [Royals'] new owner [Jack Gulati] thought pairing with the Flyers was a better branding opportunity for his market than staying with the Capitals," Bears president/general manager Doug Yingst told PennLive.com. "Let's face it: This is ideal for the Flyers."

The Flyers will also have their AHL affiliate Phantoms moving from Glens Falls, N.Y. to Allentown, Pa., where they will be renamed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

To make room for the Reading Royals the Flyers ended their affiliation with the ECHL Greenville Road Warriors, a team that helped groom Capitals defenseman Julien Brouilette before he joined the Caps as a callup from Hershey.