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Vancouver Canucks President Trevor Linden announced today that the Kalamazoo Wings have signed a one-year agreement to be the ECHL affiliate of the Canucks and AHL Utica Comets for the 2017-18 season.

" said,"We are pleased to announce a new partnership with the Kalamazoo Wings

this relationship benefits the growth and development of our players. We look forward to renewing our connection with Kalamazoo again.",Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden. "Aligned with our AHL affiliation in Utica

With this affiliate agreement, 2011-15 and 2017-present) and the 11th NHL team that Kalamazoo has had an affiliation with., it marks the third time in Kalamazoo's history that the Canucks and K-Wings have been in partnership (1984-87

"We're thrilled to be working with the Vancouver Canucks and Utica Comets organization once again, and the future is certainly bright. We're very excited to get to work with some of their talented prospects and help them develop on their way to successful AHL and NHL careers."," said K-Wings head coach Nick Bootland. "There's a solid foundation in place already with the clubs

"On behalf of the entire Comets staff," said Comets president Robert Esche. "It has been a pleasure to work with head coach Nick Bootland in the past and we will continue to work together to build a cohesive path from the ECHL to the AHL and to the NHL in Vancouver.",Authentic adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey, I can say we're very enthusiastic to continue to build our relationship with the Kalamazoo Wings

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but admits signing Kerfoot is beyond his control,Shero remains hopeful

Alex Kerfoot is just over a month away from potentially hitting unrestricted free agency.

But New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero still seems hopeful they can get a deal done with the 22-year-old center before that day comes.

After completing his senior year at Harvard, with 16 goals and 45 points in 36 games to earn a Hobey Baker Award nomination, at which point he’d be able to sign with any NHL team of his choosing., the Devils’ draft pick is eligible for free agency on Aug. 15

He’s already been linked to the Vancouver Canucks — a team that has added depth up the middle for next season with a couple of their free agent signings.

Kerfoot is from West Vancouver and played his junior hockey for the nearby Coquitlam Express in the BCHL. He posted 69 points in 51 games with the Express in 2011-12 and was subsequently drafted in the fifth round by the Devils a few months later.

former Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey — originally drafted by Nashville before his negotiating rights were traded to Buffalo — eventually made it onto the open market and then signed with the New York Rangers.,Last summer

“It’s the same thing with Alex. Get through the Draft, get though free agency,” Shero told NJ.com., see how we look, see how other teams look

would love to have him. I think what we’re doing,adidas Shayne Gostisbehere jersey,“They have until August 15 to do that and that’s what the CBA grants them. I hope Alex signs with us. He knows that,Authentic adidas Jakub Voracek jersey,Authentic adidas Mario Lemieux jersey, he’d fit in the way he’d play. The speed he brings,Authentic adidas Evgeni Malkin jersey,Authentic adidas Phil Kessel jersey, he does.”,adidas Phil Kessel jersey, the hockey sense, would love to have him. But I don’t control that

with the selection of Nico Hischier first overall and the acquisition of Marcus Johansson from Washington.,The Devils have been able to bolster their offensive attack this summer

his one-year contract extension with St. Petersburg SKA in the KHL was made official.,There had been speculation that Ilya Kovalchuk would return to the NHL. But on Sunday
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