March 5, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf (15) during a break in play against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period at the Honda Center. The Anaheim Ducks defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

Lightning and Ducks Switch Affiliations

Mar 16, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks celebrate after a goal by defenseman Cam Fowler (4) against the Los Angeles Kings during the second period at the Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRERe

The 2012-2013 season will mark a new chapter in Norfolk Admirals history.  The Tampa Bay organization will be moving their prospects to Syracuse, New York.  The current parent team for the Crunch is the Anaheim Ducks.  Norfolk will be getting new players and coaches.  The teams are basically flip flopping organizations.

Tampa Bay assistant GM, Julien Brisebois, said that we have nothing against the  city or the arena, its just the travel time that the players spend on buses and in hotels.  This change allows players to be in their bed back in Syracuse almost every night and not on a sleeper bus.  The closest opponent for the Admirals are in Hershey, PA and Charlotte, North Carolina.  This means less time on buses and more time practicing for the Lightning organization.

The official announcement should come in the next couple weeks.  This has been a highly publicized rumor for the last couple months, however,  Tampa Bay has kept a tight lid on this situation because of the historic streak and the amazing playoff run they had.


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