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by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes
River Rats to remain Carolina’s top farm club through 2008-09


RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager for the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has extended its affiliation with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League. The two-year agreement will keep Albany as the home of the Hurricanes’ top minor-league prospects through the 2008-09 season.

“We are pleased that we will continue our affiliation with the River Rats,” said Rutherford. “The city of Albany along with Walter Robb’s strong and stable ownership of the team combine to provide a good environment for our players to develop.”

As with the team’s previous agreement with the River Rats, the Hurricanes are responsible for providing Albany with a full roster. For the past two seasons Carolina has split its AHL club with the Colorado Avalanche, a separate agreement that has given Colorado half of the club’s roster space for its top minor league players. At this time, no decision has been made as to whether or not the Hurricanes will split the Albany roster with another NHL club.

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