The Norfolk Admirals released the following statement Thursday morning concerning Tampa Bay's decision to affiliate with Syracuse of the American Hockey League:

The Norfolk Admirals are aware of reports that the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed an affiliation agreement with the Syracuse Crunch. However, there will still be AHL hockey at Scope next season.

"We anticipate announcing an affiliation agreement with a National Hockey League partner in the near future. Thank you for your support of the Admirals."