CHAIMOVITCH: SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS, MGM SPRINGFIELD TO HOST 2019 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC

CHAIMOVITCH: SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS, MGM SPRINGFIELD TO HOST 2019 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, The AHL

SPRINGFIELD, MA – American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the Springfield Thunderbirds and MGM Springfield have been selected as hosts of the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic, to be held at the MassMutual Center on Jan. 27-28, 2019.

“We are excited to be bringing the AHL All-Star Classic to one of the American Hockey League’s keystone cities in 2019,” said Andrews. “Springfield has owned a hallowed place on the AHL landscape dating back to the league’s formation and has been home to countless Hall of Famers and hockey legends over the last 82 years. We are looking forward to working with the Thunderbirds organization and MGM Springfield to put hockey’s brightest young stars on display for fans at the MassMutual Center and an international television audience.” Continue reading

TOSTI: BRANDON HALVERSON MAKES NHL DEBUT WITH NEW YORK

TOSTI: Brandon Halverson Makes NHL Debut with New York

Second-year goaltender becomes eighth Greenville alum to see action in an NHL game.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, alum Brandon Halverson made his NHL Debut for the New York Rangers tonight, entering the game during the third period in relief. The 2014 Rangers draft pick is now the eighth Greenville player to make his NHL debut.

Halverson, 21, entered the Rangers game with 12:33 left in the club’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Halverson made five saves on six shots to end the game without a decision, as the Rangers fell to the Senators 6-3 at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. The Traverse City, Michigan native was promoted from the Hartford Wolf Pack to the Rangers on Friday night. Continue reading

SATURDAY SEES RANGERS BITE THE DUST AGAIN

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS      GOALIES
Gm Summary     NYR: H. Lundqvist (L), B. Halverson (ND) OT: C. Anderson (W)
Event Summary

–       THREE’S COMPANY – The Rangers have registered three or more goals in 31 of 59 games this season.

–       POWER RANGERS – The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:06) on the power play in today’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least one power play goal in eight of the last 13 games (11-for-40; 27.5%), in nine of the last 15 games (12-for-44; 27.3%), in 10 of the last 17 contests (13-for-48; 27.1%), and in 13 of the last 21 contests (15-for-60; 25.0%). In addition, the Rangers have registered five power play goals over the last five games (5-for-18; 27.8% over the span). Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: DEAR SANTA DUNDON, SIGNED – DAYDREAMER DAN

Cantlon’s Corner: DEAR SANTA DUNDON, SIGNED – DAYDREAMER DAN

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT –  Governor Dannel Malloy sent an open letter to the new majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Thomas Dundon, late last week. It was a nice idea – for about a paragraph.

After Dundon floated the idea of playing in the Hartford Whalers uniforms as part of a heritage game concept, Malloy asked the Hurricanes to consider wearing them at an outdoor game at, “The Rent,” or indoors at the XL Center. The Hurricanes and the NHL own the rights to the logo and name. Dundon told this to the Raleigh Observer in an interview shortly after being given the keys as the team’s majority owner.

It should have ended there.  A CC not to Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, and Bill Daly (NHL VP of Operations) and Donald Fehr (Head of the NHPLA).

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CANTLON’S CORNER: ANDERSSON IS PATIENT AND BRINGS SOME SWEDISH HOCKEY ROYALTY

CANTLON’S CORNER: Andersson Is Patient and Brings Some Swedish Hockey Royalty

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – While Lias Andersson came to the Wolf Pack not under ideal circumstances he has shown in his current five games with the Wolf Pack a glimpse of his talents that made him the #7 overall pick in the first round last summer as he gets accustomed to the smaller rinks here than the extra 10 feet he has over in Sweden..

“It’s getting better and better it’s a different game over here and I try to learn as much as I can from my teammates.  Learn small things and of course, work on my shoulder! Trainers are trying to help me get to 100%. The smaller rink got to make your plays quicker, over in Europe you have more puck possession time and pass more. It’s more chip and chase over here” said Andersson who was among the last cuts in Ranger training camp. Continue reading

WOLF PACK SIGN GOALTENDER DREW FIELDING TO PTO

WOLF PACK SIGN GOALTENDER DREW FIELDING TO PTO

Third-year Pro is 12-7-1 in 22 Games with Adirondack of ECHL

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, February 17, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed goaltender Drew Fielding to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Fielding, a third-year pro, comes to the Wolf Pack from the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL.  In 22 games this season, the 6-0, 188-pound Fielding is 12-7-1, with a 3.33 goals-against average and an 89.3% save percentage.  The 28-year-old Burlington, Ontario native also has rung up two shutouts, tied for second-most in the ECHL.

In 2016-17, Fielding saw action in 13 games with the Thunder, going 6-6-0 with a 3.62 GAA and an 87.1% save percentage, and also played four ECHL contests for the Reading Royals (3-0-0, 1.19 GAA, 96.1 save percentage, one shutout).  Prior to joining the Thunder, Fielding played three games for the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the SPHL, where he posted a 0-2-1 mark with a 3.09 GAA and a 90.2% save percentage.

In 70 career ECHL outings with the Thunder, Royals and Brampton Beast, Fielding has compiled a record of 33-25-6, with a 3.03 goals-against average, a 90.0% save percentage and six shutouts.  Prior to turning pro, he played four seasons of Division III hockey for the University of St. Thomas, leading the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in goals-against average for four straight years, and in save percentage in each of his last three seasons.  His college career totals included: 83 GP, 52-22-8, 1.66 GAA, 93.3% save percentage, 19 shutouts.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS EFFORT SUNK BY ADMIRALS 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Effort Sunk by Admirals

Greenville halted by Norfolk defense while the deflection-filled game continues the streak.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Norfolk, VAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-27-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, pushed 33 shots on net including some great chances late on the Norfolk Admirals (19-26-5-1) but came up short in a 3-1 final score. The Swamp Rabbits close effort with the Admirals was a one-goal game until the final six minutes, helping Norfolk to their third win over Greenville this season.

BOX SCORE

The early game plan for the Admirals was to use misdirection on the Swamp Rabbits defense. Norfolk earned 19 shots in the first period and after a slew of deflections in the first few minutes of the game, Brodie Dupont connected on a redirection. The captain tipped Christian Horn’s shot from just inside of the left circle and slipped it through the legs of goaltender Greg Dodds. The Admirals goal gave them the early advantage less than five minutes into the game. Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO FILIBUSTER SENATORS

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, 2:00 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 27-26-5 (59 pts)
Senators: 20-27-9 (49 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link right HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 59th game of the 2017-18 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Feb. 17, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (2:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts also conclude their four-game road trip tomorrow.

RANGERS VS. SENATORS

  • All-Time: 41-43-3-4 (18-25-0-2 at home; 23-18-3-2 on the road)
  • 2017-18: Tomorrow’s game is the third of three meetings between the Rangers and Senators, and the second of two meetings between the two teams at Ottawa. The Rangers have posted a 1-1-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-1-0 on the road), and the Senators won the last game between the two teams, 3-2, on Dec. 13 at Ottawa. Mats Zuccarello leads all skaters with three assists and three points in the season series, while Michael Grabner leads all skaters with two goals. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 1-1-0 record, along with a 1.52 GAA, a .940 SV% (47 saves on 50 shots), and 1 SO in two appearances.
  • The Rangers have won eight of 14 regular season meetings against the Senators since the start of the 2013-14 season (8-6-0 record).
  • The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 16 regular season contests on the road against Ottawa, dating back to Jan. 10, 2009 (10-5-1 record).
  • New York has allowed two goals or fewer in six of its last 11 regular season games against the Senators.

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RANGERS RECALL BRANDON HALVERSON FROM HARTFORD WOLF PACK

RANGERS RECALL BRANDON HALVERSON FROM HARTFORD WOLF PACK

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 16, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Brandon Halverson from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Halverson, 21, has split the season between the Wolf Pack in the AHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits of the ECHL. He has appeared in three games with Hartford, posting a 1-2-0 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .892 SV%. Halverson stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced and earned a win while making his first AHL appearance of the season on Feb. 10 at Hershey. In addition, Halverson has made 22 ECHL appearances with Greenville this season, posting a 7-11-2 record, along with a 3.87 GAA and a .900 SV%. He has made 35 or more saves in 11 of his 22 ECHL appearances in 2017-18.

The Traverse City, Michigan, native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS ASSIGN VINNI LETTIERI TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN VINNI LETTIERI TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 16, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned forward Vinni Lettieri to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Lettieri, 23, has skated in 16 games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and four assists for five points. He tallied his first career NHL goal/point while making his NHL debut on Dec. 29 at Detroit and he registered his first career NHL assist on Jan. 7 at Vegas.

The 5-11, 195-pounder has skated in 35 AHL games with Hartford in 2017-18, registering 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points, along with 19 penalty minutes. Lettieri leads the Wolf Pack in goals and ranks second on the team in power play goals (seven) this season. At the time he was initially recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 28, Lettieri was tied for fifth among AHL rookies in goals (12) and was tied for 10th among AHL rookies in points (21) this season.

The Excelsior, Minnesota, native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on March 27, 2017.