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CANTLON’S CORNER: A THANKSGIVING APPETIZER

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

ROSTER CHANGES 

The weekly Hartford Wolf Pack roster cha-cha-cha continues. Back to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL) heads good guy defenseman, Bretton Stamler, while the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliates, the Greenville Road Warriors receive forward Chris McCarthy. Making the return trip back to Hartford from Greenville is defenseman Steve Spinnell who’s played in three games for the Wolf Pack. Spinnell has no points and 11 PM  and a minus-1.

One change to this lineup change is that Bretton Stamler’s life has taken a right turn after he signed a deal with the Hamburg Freezers of the German DEL for the remainder of the season because of an injury to their veteran, former Philadelphia Phantom Frederik Cabana.

According to a team press release, the recommendation to Sports Director and one-time New Haven Nighthawk, Stephane Richer, was from former Hartford and Greenville teammate and current Freezer defenseman Sam Klassen.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: INTRODUCING RYAN BOURQUE’S OLDER BROTHER CHRIS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - For Chris Bourque a month after playing with his younger brother Ryan on the Hartford Wolf Pack has already given him a moment he will always cherish.

When Chrphotois scored a power play goal against the Worcester Sharks two weeks ago, the primary assist came off a pass from the right-wing side from Ryan. The smile Chris had on his face after the play turned into a goal was not just about giving the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead, it was the culmination of a lifelong experience the two brothers have shared mostly against one another that they could now rejoice in together. It was their first scoring play where the two were directly involved for the Wolf Pack. Continue reading

CANLTON: CT NATIVE MCDONALD LEADS BST IN ROUT OF HWP

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - Wethersfield native Colin McDonald scored two goals and added two assists pacing the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a  6-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night before 4,627 at the XL Center. The Sound Tigers win allowed them to claim sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division with 19 points.

The Sound Tigers (9-3-0-1) via McDonald’s outstanding pass ended any chance of a Wolf Pack (8-4-1-0) comeback. On the play, defenseman Ryan Pulock off McDonald’s feed, snapped the puck past Pack starting netminder, Cedrick Desjardins, at 8:44 and extended the Sound Tiger lead to 4-1. McDonald followed that up a goal at 14:04 when he was off the left wing and converted a pass from Jessie Graham for his second of the year since being sent down to the AHL by the parent New York Islanders. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: LOTS AND LOTS OF ROSTER MOVES

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

WOLF PACK ROSTER MOVES

The Hartford Wolf Pack roster continues its trip around the Merry-Go-Round with adjustments seemingly coming almost every weekend.

Jesper Fast is latest to get the call for the trip to New York. Returning to the Connecticut capitol are defenseman Conor Allen and veteran forward, Ryan Malone, 34, who was signed in the off-season to a two-way deal. Malone will be paid $100K at the AHL level as he comes off a stint in the NHLPLA Performance Enhancing Substance Abuse program. Malone is the son of former Hartford Whaler, Greg Malone. Continue reading

FUEHRING: KYLE JEAN HEADS BACK TO AHL

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced center Kyle Jean has signed a professional tryout contract (PTO) with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).    Continue reading

BECK: CHANGES GALORE TO RANGERS, PACK, ROADIES

mitch1BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

The New York Rangers are getting healthier with key players now returning from injury. Defenseman Kevin Klein (foot) and former Hartford Wolf Pack (and CT Whale) forward, Mats Zuccarello (lower body) returning to action Wednesday night at MSG, and the expected return this weekend of center Derek Stepan and soon thereafter defenseman Dan Boyle likely next week, along with John Moore finishing his suspension after two more games, and with d-man Ryan McDonagh just another week, maybe two away, the Rangers have begun to shift personnel.

The ball starts rolling with forward/center Chris Mueller being sent back to Hartford today from the Rangers. Expect Conor Allan to follow suit shortly and quite possibly Michael Kostka heading to Hartford when McDonagh is healthy enough to return. That move triggered Pack General Manager to release fan favorite Jared Nightingale from his PTO. With Mueller’s return, that sends the Wolf Pack over the allowable AHL veteran limit as well as the contract limit.

Schoenfeld also sent both Michael Kantor and Shawn O’Donnell to Greenville to play with the Road Warriors.

Still to b e determined is if the Rangers will hold onto veteran Ryan Malone who cleared waivers and has not decided on whether or not he will accept a demotion to the AHL or refuse to report and opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

Here’s the official release on Mueller’s reassignment and the Pack/Nightingale moves:

RANGERS ASSIGN CHRIS MUELLER TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, November 6, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has assigned forward Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Mueller has skated in seven games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and one assist for two points. He tied a single-game NHL career-high with two points and posted a plus-one rating on October 21 at New Jersey.

The 5-11, 210-pounder tallied a goal in his only game with the Wolf Pack this season on Oct. 12 at Syracuse.

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Kantor, Nightingale and O’Donnell Head to ECHL

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, November 6, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced three Wolf Pack player moves.

Forward Michael Kantor has been reassigned by the parent New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, forward Shawn O’Donnell has been loaned to the Road Warriors by the Wolf Pack, and defenseman Jared Nightingale has been released from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack, and will be returning to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Kantor, a second-year pro and a 2013 Ranger free-agent signee out of the Ontario Hockey League, has missed the Wolf Pack’s last nine games after being injured in the Wolf Pack’s season opener October 12 in Syracuse.  O’Donnell, a second-year man out of St. Mary’s University, has skated in three games with the Wolf Pack this season, going scoreless and Even, with 17 penalty minutes.  He signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack July 22, 2014.

Nightingale had seen action in six Wolf Pack games since signing his PTO October 13, and had chipped in one assist and a +5, with two PIM.  The ninth-year pro played one game with Toledo this year prior to joining the Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is a two-game trip to Hershey to take on the Bears, and the first of those two battles is this Saturday night, November 8.  That game faces off at 7:00 PM, and all of the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The Pack’s next home game at the XL Center is Friday, November 14, with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers making their first visit of the year to Hartford.  Once again this season every Friday night home game features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2014-15 Wolf Pack home games are now on sale at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON: PACK TAKES A BITE OUT OF SHARKS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late rally by the Worcester Sharks and went on to win 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

The win pushed the second place Wolf Pack (6-2-1-0 – 13 points) to within one point of the Albany Devils in the Northeast Division. Albany lost in overtime to the Portland Pirates, 2-1.

The Sharks connected twice in a span of 2:01 in the third period to take a game the Wolf Pack had under control and made it a much closer game than it should have been.

Freddie Hamilton scored his Shark leading fifth goal on the power play from the side of the net off a pass from defenseman Danill Tarasov at 16:47. Continue reading