ST. LOUIS, MO. - Editors Note: Since our story was published this afternoon, KSDK Sports director Frank Cusumano was contacted by a Blues executive who said, "no decisions are close to being made. We are talking to a lot of people."
Kansas City and the Blues -- The Blues will house a new home for a new American Hockey League team, according to a source.
The Blues, who have been with the AHL's Chicago Wolves for four seasons, including the current one, will cut ties with the Wolves at the conclusion of the 2017 season and form an affiliation with a team that will be based in Kansas City owned by Lamar Hunt Jr., whose father Lamar Hunt founded the Kansas City Chiefs, and former Blues defenseman Tom Tilley.
According to the source, it's pretty much "a done deal."
The Blues have not made the plans official, but Hunt Jr., who currently owns the Missouri Mavericks of the East Coast Hockey League, who will also look to bring a United States Hockey League team to play with the new AHL team at the Sprint Center, where the Blues have played multiple exhibition games in recent seasons.
Hunt Jr., who has long wanted to own an NHL franchise, is said to be someone in the not-too-distant future to buy a stake in the Blues and become part of current Blues owner Tom Stillman's group.
ST. LOUIS, MO. - Edmundson ready to return, Berglund misses practice -- Blues defenseman Joel Edmundson, out since Nov. 6 with an upper-body (10 games) had another full practice on Tuesday with no restrictions. "He's full practice today, too," Hitchcock said of Edmundson. "Took full contact yesterday, full contact today.
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