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THREE TEAMS OPT OUT OF UPCOMING AHL SEASON, OTHERS RELOCATED

The AHL is going to look very different when it returns on February 5th. The league has announced that three teams have opted out of participating in the upcoming season, while another four will be re-located.

"The Charlotte Checkers, Milwaukee Admirals and Springfield Thunderbirds have elected to opt out of play for the 2020-21 season. All three teams will return to play in 2021-22," said the AHL is a news release.

"Four teams have been granted provisional relocations for the 2020-21 season: the Binghamton Devils will play in Newark, N.J.; the Ontario Reign will play in El Segundo, Calif.; the Providence Bruins will play in Marlborough, Mass.; and the San Diego Gulls will play in Irvine, Calif."

The Charlotte Checkers are the AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers, Milwaukee serves as the Nashville Predators development team and Springfield is affiliated with the St. Louis Blues. According to TSN's Frank Seravalli, "Nashville, St. Louis and Florida plan to sprinkle their prospects around the AHL where roster space is available. Most have agreements in place to help."



Meanwhile, the AHL has announced the 28 teams that are left in the league this season will play in five separate divisions. The breakdown is below. Dates and times for games will be released in the coming days.

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