Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Elmira Jackals announced they've switched NHL affiliates and have entered an agreement with the Buffalo Sabres, on Wednesday. They also said they've ended their agreements with the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils.
For the last six years the Jackals have had an agreement with the B-Sens and Senators, which made it easy to move players back-and-forth from Binghamton to Elmira.
"It made a lot of sense before," B-Sens Executive Vice President of Operations Tom Mitchell said over the phone on Wednesday.
Mitchell said the move wasn't a surprise to him, and that the organization has already been in talks with other ECHL teams. However, he wouldn't mention who the Senators have been in talks with.
He also added that "for obvious reasons", including travel costs, Binghamton hopes to keep their affiliate as close as possible.
"We think we fulfilled what we had to do there," Mitchell said about working with Elmira. "I'm not losing any sleep over it."
In switching to the Buffalo Sabres, Elmira is dealing with a familiar person to Binghamton Senators fans. The Sabres new general manager, Tim Murray, spent the last seven years as an assistant general manager for the Ottawa Senators.
"Proper development is essential in maintaining a competitive roster at the NHL level," said Sabres general manager Tim Murray in a statement. "Having Elmira as an additional source to develop our young talent will certainly help our entire organization going forward."
By having affiliates in Rochester and now Elmira, the Sabres minor-league teams are both less than 150 miles from Buffalo.