BRIAN GRATZ JOINS ROADIES AS ASST COACH

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Greenville, SC: The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that Brian Gratz will join the organization as assistant coach for the 2014-15 season.

“Brian brings a solid base of professional coaching experience to the organization,” said General Manager, Chris Lewis. “He’s been around the game as both a coach and a player for many years and has had tremendous success in both roles. Brian has a tireless work ethic and will be a great addition from both the hockey and front office business perspectives.” Continue reading

RICHTER, NOT THAT RICHTER, REJOINS DANBURY

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The Danbury Whalers are proud to announce that Forward Tim Richter has signed an agreement to re-join the team for a second season.  Richter was a co-winner of the Federal Hockey League‘s Rookie of the Year Award with Danbury Whalers teammate Ryan Patsch.

Richter, a native of Naugatuck, Connecticut, was the 2nd leading scorer on Danbury last season registering 70 points.  Richter’s 70 was the 2nd highest single season total in team history trailing only teammate Cody Ayers 81 point campaign.  Richter had 28 goals which was second on the club and was the 3rd highest single season total trailing only Mike Atkinson (39 in 12-13) and Patsch (31) last season.  Richter’s 42 assist were second on the team and were also tied for 2nd highest single season total.  Richter only trailed teammate Ayers 54 and tied Matt Moffat from the 2011-12 season.  Continue reading

RANGERS GO, “JOEY CHESTNUT” ON CHEESESTEAKS

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New York Rangers 6, Philadelphia Cheesesteaks 3

Mon. Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square GardenNew York, NY

Team notes:

  • Spreading the wealth … Nine different Rangers tallied a point in the contest, and seven different Blueshirts recorded at least two points. Four Rangers tallied a goal for the third consecutive preseason game, and at least nine Rangers have registered a point in each of the team’s three preseason games this year (10 players tallied a point in each of the first two preseason games). Over the first three preseason games, 10 different Rangers have recorded a goal and 22 different Blueshirts have registered a point. Continue reading

RANGERS PRESEASON DIET INCLUDES BACK-TO-BACK CHEESESTEAKS

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NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Mon. Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. ET

Madison Square GardenNew York, NY

TONIGHT’S GAME: The Rangers continue the 2014-15 preseason against the Philadelphia Flyers at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). The matchup marks the third of six preseason games for the Rangers, and is also the first half of a home-and-home set with Philadelphia. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 1-1-0 preseason record (0-1-0 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) following a 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday night at United Center. The Flyers had posted a 2-1-1 record through four preseason games before Sunday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. Continue reading

HAWK’S EYE: MUELLER CHAMPIONSHIP EXPERIENCE TO HARTFORD

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Centerman Chris Mueller brought nearly 400 games of pro experience with him when he signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers July 1, and he is fresh off of a 2013-14 season that was full of highlights.

In his sixth pro campaign, and his first with the Dallas Stars organization after four years in the Nashville Predators’ system, Mueller scored 25 goals and had 57 points in 60 AHL games with the Texas Stars last year, got his first taste of NHL playoff action with Dallas, and helped lead the Texas club all the way to its first Calder Cup championship.

“It was great,” Mueller said of his 2013-14 ride, in an interview after a Ranger training camp skate.  “Going to a different organization for the first time in four years, a little nervous, just don’t know anybody, not even like security guards at the rink or the equipment manager, so just getting to know everybody in Dallas and down in Austin (where the AHL Stars are based), they’re first-class, just great people.  And we started winning right away in Austin, that makes things good, and I got my handful of games with the big club.  I was up and down a lot, then I finished with Dallas in playoffs, and that was an experience, my first NHL playoff experience. Continue reading

SOLAREV RESIGNS WITH WHALERS

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Former NHL Draft Pick Ilya Solarev Returns To Danbury for Second Season

BY: Herm Sorcher, Danbury Whalers

The Danbury Whalers are proud to announce that Forward Ilya Solarev has signed an agreement to re-join the team for a second season.  Solarev will be in the lineup tonight for the 5th Annual Green & White Game tonight at 8 pm.  Continue reading

RANGERS GROUP B VS. BLACKHAWKS TONIGHT

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BY: THE NEW YORK RANGERS

NEW YORK RANGERS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

  • Friday, Sept. 26, 8:30 p.m. ET
  • United Center – Chicago, IL
  • Rangers: 0-1-0
  • Blackhawks: 1-1-0*

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers continue their 2014-15 preseason schedule against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight at United Center (8:30 p.m. – TV: MSG Network). Tonight’s matchup marks the second of six preseason contests for the Rangers, and it is also New York’s first road preseason game this year. The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 0-1-0 preseason record (0-1-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road) following a 5-4 loss in their preseason opener against the New Jersey Devils on Monday at Madison Square Garden. Chicago has posted a 1-1-0 record in the preseason, after playing its second preseason contest last night against the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit. Continue reading