Category Archives: Hartford Wolf Pack

CANTLON’S CORNER: OFF SEASON MOVES APLENTY AS TEAMS PREPARE FOR ’15-’16

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The roster shuffle a feature of AHL life has begun for the  Hartford Wolf Pack.

Defenseman Conor Allen, signed out of UMASS, was not made a qualifying offer by the parent New York Rangers and age 25 and having not played enough NHL games is an unrestricted free agent. Allen, who had a strong training camp, struggled early in the season trying to do too much with the puck. He ran into a stretch of taking bad penalties and then overcame a groin injury in the playoffs to have a strong series against the Providence Bruins and the Hershey Bears.

Goaltender Jason Missiaen is in the same boat as Allen. Missiaen, re-signed last year despite all his problems in 2013-14. played most of last year in Greenville with the Raod Warriors, the Pack’s ECHL affiliate on an unexplainable $325,000 NHL deal. Continue reading

RANGERS: HELLBERG ADDED AS SKAPSKI INSURANCE

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS ACQUIRE GOALTENDER MAGNUS HELLBERG

Blueshirts trade sixth-round pick in 2017 to Nashville

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Hellberg, 24, appeared in 38 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, posting a 15-10-6 record, along with a 2.33 GAA, a .913 SV%, and 3 SO. He earned a win in each of his first six appearances of the season, allowing two goals or fewer in each of the six contests, and one goal or fewer in five of those games. Hellberg stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn a win and a shutout on Jan. 10 vs. Charlotte, and he made a season-high 36 saves on March 10 at Oklahoma City. In addition, Hellberg represented the Western Conference at the 2015 AHL All-Star Game.

The 6-6, 198-pounder has appeared in 98 career AHL games over three seasons, posting a 42-36-7 record, along with a 2.36 GAA, a .917 SV%, and 10 SO. Hellberg has posted a SV% of .911 or better in each of his three AHL seasons, and he has posted a GAA of 2.33 or better in two AHL campaigns. He was named AHL Goaltender of the Month in February of 2013, as he registered a 6-1-0 record, along with a 1.36 GAA, a .950 SV%, and 2 SO in eight appearances.

The Uppsala, Sweden native was originally selected by Nashville in the second round, 38th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS: HAYES & KREIDER COLLEGE LINEMATE, GIBBONS SIGNS

rp_new-york-r.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD BRIAN GIBBONS

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Brian Gibbons.

Gibbons, 27, split this past season between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL). In 25 games with Columbus, Gibbons recorded five assists, along with a plus-two rating and eight penalty minutes. He tied single-game NHL career-highs with two assists and two points while making his season debut on November 1 at New Jersey. In addition, Gibbons posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 21 of 25 contests with the Blue Jackets.

In 26 games with Springfield, Gibbons registered three goals and eight assists for 11 points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He posted back-to-back multi-point games on October 25 vs. Norfolk and October 26 vs. Syracuse (one goal, three assists over the span), and he tallied a season-high three points (two goals, one assist), including the game-winning goal, on February 22 vs. Albany.

The 5-8, 170-pounder has skated in 66 career NHL games over parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh and Columbus, registering five goals and 17 assists for 22 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 14 penalty minutes. Gibbons tallied his first career NHL goal, assist, and point as part of a two-point effort while making his NHL debut with the Penguins on November 18, 2013 vs. Anaheim. In addition, he has recorded three points (two goals, one assist), along with a plus-two rating in eight career NHL playoff games. He made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the First Round vs. Columbus on April 16, 2014, and he tallied his first career NHL playoff goal/point as part of a two-goal effort in Game 2 of the First Round vs. Columbus on April 19, 2014.

Gibbons has skated in 194 career AHL games, registering 33 goals and 68 assists for 101 points, along with 117 penalty minutes. He has tallied 14 goals and 27 assists for 41 points in 54 AHL games over the last two seasons, and he participated in the 2014 AHL All-Star Game.

The Braintree, Massachusetts native was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on April 4, 2011.

RANGERS: STALBERG SIGNED

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD VIKTOR STALBERG

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Viktor Stalberg.

Stalberg, 29, has played in 338 career NHL games over parts of six seasons with Toronto, Chicago, and Nashville, registering 62 goals and 70 assists for 132 points, along with 182 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in games played (79), goals (22), assists (21), points (43), and game-winning goals (six) during the 2011-12 season with the Blackhawks. In addition, Stalberg has recorded nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 38 career NHL playoff games, and he captured a Stanley Cup as a member of the Blackhawks in 2012-13.

The 6-3, 210-pounder split this past season between Nashville and the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL). In 25 games with Nashville, Stalberg registered two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. The Predators posted a 6-1-2 record when he recorded a point during the season. Stalberg notched an assist/point in three consecutive games in which he played from March 17 vs. Minnesota to March 26 at Tampa Bay.

In the 2015 Playoffs, Stalberg registered one goal and two assists for three points, along with a plus-one rating in six games. He tied his playoff career-high in points, and tallied a point in three of Nashville’s six playoff games. Stalberg tied for fifth on the Predators in assists and tied for sixth in plus/minus rating in the playoffs.

Stalberg skated in 20 games with Milwaukee this past season, registering 11 goals and six assists for 17 points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He posted three three-point games, including two hat-tricks with the Admirals in 2014-15.

Internationally, the Gothenburg, Sweden native has represented his country in several tournaments. He registered four points (three goals, one assist) in eight games while representing Sweden in the 2012 IIHF World Championship.

Stalberg was originally selected by Toronto in the sixth round, 161st overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

FUEHRING: SEVEN PLAYERS GIVEN QUALIFYING OFFERS – PACK FANS WILL RECOGNIZE NAMES

rp_greenville-road-warriors_thumb4.gifROAD WARRIORS SUBMIT QUALIFYING OFFERS

Seven skaters from last season’s roster receive qualifying offers

BY: 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 qualifying offers have been submitted to seven players from the team’s 2014-15 roster.

Tyler Brown (F): Brown, 25, enters his fourth professional campaign after splitting last season between Greenville and Hartford. In 33 games with the Road Warriors, he earned 18 points (12g, 6a) and a +9 rating before earning a call-up to the Wolf Pack on January 6th. The Wasaga Beach, Ontario native spent the rest of season in Hartford and notched 14 points (7g, 7a) in 37 regular-season contests. He has 219 games of AHL experience.

Emerson Clark (F): Clark made 62 appearances with the Road Warriors last season and posted 25 points (16g, 9a). The Whitby, Ontario native led the club in penalty minutes for the second consecutive season with 217. The 22-year old will enter his third professional campaign.

Kyle Jean (F): Jean, 25, skated in 50 contests for the Warriors during the 2014-15 season and registered 38 points (15g, 23a). The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native also played in 12 AHL games between the Charlotte Checkers and Lake Erie Monsters. Jean served as an alternate captain for the Road Warriors and finished the season tied for the team-lead with six power-play goals.

Anthony Luciani (F): Luciani, 25, joined the Road Warriors on March 10, 2015 in a deal with the Gwinnett Gladiators just prior to the trade deadline. He immediately provided an offensive spark and finished the season with 28 goals, 69 points and a +18 rating – all team bests. The Maple, Ontario native added 41 assists in 65 games, split between Greenville and the Toledo Walleye.

Chad Nehring (F): A fifth-year pro, Nehring began the 2014-15 campaign in Greenville and notched 12 points (5g, 7a) in the first 17 games, which helped earn his first-ever call-up to the AHL (Hartford) on November 29th. The 28-year old remained in Hartford for the rest of the season and produced 12 points (4g, 8a) in 53 games. He also made 15 post-season appearances and helped the Wolf Pack to the AHL’s Western Conference Finals.

Trevor Parkes (F): Parkes, 24, joined the Road Warriors last season after a three-year tenure in the Detroit Red Wings organization. He registered 33 points (15g, 18a) and a +9 rating in 39 games with Greenville before earning a promotion to the Worcester Sharks (AHL) on February 3rd. The Fort Erie, Ontario native spent the rest of the season in Worcester and notched nine points (3g, 6a) in 20 contests. He has 136 games of AHL experience.

Sean Escobedo (D): Escobedo, 24, led all Warriors defensemen with a +8 rating last season. He added 19 points (3g, 16a) in 61 games and also saw action in four AHL contests between Hartford and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Each team is entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of those eight, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular-season pro games played). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1st at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

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RANGERS: LINDBLAD SIGNING

rp_new-york-r.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD MATT LINDBLAD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Matt Lindblad.

Lindblad, 25, skated in 47 games with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points, along with a plus-five rating and six penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in goals and plus/minus rating in 2014-15. He posted an AHL career-high four-game point streak from October 19 vs. Portland to November 1 at Springfield (one goal, three assists) and he tied a single-game AHL career-high with three points (one goal, two assists) on Jan. 18 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Lindblad also skated in three playoff games with Providence. In addition, he skated in two NHL games with Boston in 2014-15, recording three shots on goal.

The 5-11, 193-pounder has skated in 106 career AHL games over parts of three seasons, registering 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 points, along with a plus-four rating and 14 penalty minutes. Lindblad has also skated in 15 career AHL playoff games, recording three goals and four assists for seven points, along with a plus-four rating. In addition, he has skated in four career NHL games over parts of two seasons, all with Boston.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Lindblad played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Dartmouth University. In 89 career collegiate games, Lindblad registered 29 goals and 51 assists for 80 points, along with a plus-24 rating and eight penalty minutes. Lindblad, who was named to the All-Ivy League Second Team during his junior season in 2012-13, posted at least 15 assists, 24 points, and a plus-five rating in each of his three collegiate seasons, and he tallied 10 or more goals in two of three seasons with Dartmouth.

The Evanston, Illinois native originally signed with Boston as a free agent on April 5, 2013.

RANGERS: MEGNA SIGNING

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD JAYSON MEGNA

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jayson Megna.

Megna, 25, split this past season between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He tallied one assist and recorded 14 penalty minutes in 12 games with Pittsburgh. Megna registered 40 hits and was credited with eight blocked shots in 12 contests with the Penguins, and he notched an assist on the game-winning goal on December 2 vs. New Jersey.

In 63 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this past season, the 6-1, 195-pounder registered 26 goals and 13 assists for 39 points, along with a plus-18 rating and 40 penalty minutes. Megna established AHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals (five), and shots on goal (134). He led the team in goals, tied for third on the team in power play goals and ranked fifth in points and plus/minus rating. Megna also tallied five points (one goal, four assists) in eight playoff games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He ranked third on the team in assists and tied for third on the team in points in the playoffs.

Megna has skated in 48 career NHL games over parts of two seasons, both with Pittsburgh, registering five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut on October 25, 2013 vs. the NY Islanders, and recorded his first career NHL goal, assist, and point in his second career NHL game on October 28, 2013 at Carolina. In addition, Megna has skated in two career NHL playoff games, and he made his NHL playoff debut in Game 3 of the First Round at Columbus on April 21, 2014.

In 144 career AHL games, Megna has registered 40 goals and 26 assists for 66 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 72 penalty minutes. Over the last two seasons, he has tallied 54 points (35 goals, 19 assists) and has posted a plus-31 rating in 88 AHL games. Megna has also skated in 33 career AHL playoff games, registering four goals and nine assists for 13 points, along with six penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the professional ranks, Megna played one season of collegiate hockey with the University of Nebraska-Omaha. During his freshman season in 2011-12, Megna registered 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points, along with a plus-13 rating and 27 penalty minutes. Megna was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team, as he led Nebraska-Omaha in plus/minus rating and ranked third on the team in goals, assists, and points.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native is one of seven players in NHL history who were born in Florida.

Megna was originally signed by Pittsburgh as a free agent on August 1, 2012.