Looks like the Wild and Aeros now have a new formal agreement in place with an ECHL team. Today, the Johnstown Chiefs announced the affiliation.
Here is a link to the press release, and the following is an excerpt from the announcement:
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Chiefs, proud member of the ECHL since 1988, announced today that they have entered into a working agreement with the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild.
During the 2009-10 season the Chiefs will serve as the Wild’s secondary minor league partner. The American Hockey League’s Houston Aeros are Minnesota’s primary affiliate.
"This is a great opportunity for the Johnstown Chiefs to work with the Minnesota Wild and the Houston Aeros. The Minnesota organization is led by outstanding hockey men in owner Craig Leipold and General Manager Chuck Fletcher. They are a player development-minded club and the agreement will benefit all three teams including the Wild, the Aeros, and our Johnstown Chiefs," said Chiefs owner and governor Neil Smith.