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CANTLON’S CORNER: THE LAST WEEKEND OF WOLF PACK ACTION FOR THE SEASON

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE LAST WEEKEND OF WOLF PACK ACTION FOR THE SEASON

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Just two games remain in the 2017-18 season for the Hartford Wolf Pack. The games are a home-and-home with the Binghamton Devils, who they meet for the first time this season.

Friday night at the XL Center will be the front -end of the pair of games and is “Fan Appreciation Night.” During play stoppages, the team player award winners will be announced. Fans will also be selected to win prizes based on their seat location.

Pack head coach Keith McCambridge has slated Alex Georgiev to start in the net for the home finale.

McCambridge will have a chance to see two potential major pieces for the 2018-19 season and evaluate a few others. Continue reading

MISSED CALL NEGATES OTHERWISE GOOD PERFORMANCE BY YOUNG RANGERS

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS    GOALIES
Game Summary                                  NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT)  WSH: B. Holtby (W)
Event Summary

       POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last nine games and in 10 of their last 15 contests.

       POWER RANGERS – The Rangers were 1-for-5 (9:43) and registered 14 shots on goal on the power play in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power-play goal in six of the last eight games (9-for-26; 34.6% over the span). The Rangers have also recorded at least one power-play goal in 18 of the last 33 games, in 19 of the last 35 contests, and in 22 of the last 39 games. In addition, New York has registered 17 power play goals over the last 23 games (17-for-64; 26.6% over the span). The Blueshirts tallied their 50th power play goal of the 2017-18 season in tonight’s contest. The Rangers have registered at least 50 power play goals in a season for the first time since 2009-10. Continue reading

TOSTI: FORWARD JOHNO MAY SIGNS FIRST PRO DEAL WITH SWAMP RABBITS

TOSTI: Forward Johno May Signs First Pro Deal with Swamp Rabbits

Club inks 6-foot-5 rookie forward from American International College ahead of a weekend homestand

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Johno May signed his first pro contract with the club and has been added to the active roster. May has played the last four seasons at American International College, logging over 140 games.

May, 24, finished his senior season at AIC earlier this month and ended his tenure with 60 points (22G, 38A) in 143 games. The 6-foot-5 forward net three goals and added a pair of assists this season. May’s most productive offensive season with the Yellow Jackets came as a freshman when he ranked third on the roster with 30 points (7G, 23A). His team-best 23 assists that season ranked second in school history while his overall tallies came in as the eighth best total. The following year, May posted a career-high nine goals and was fourth on the club with 17 points (9G, 8A).

The Mahtomedi, Minnesota native missed only seven games in four seasons. His best single-game performances came in his first year, collecting three points in contests against Airforce and Michigan. May recorded three multi-goal games in his career and earned recognition as Atlantic Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week.

Before enrolling at AIC, May played parts of two seasons in the NAHL with the Minnesota Wilderness, Janesville Jets, and Bismark Bobcats. In 78 games from 2012-2014, he collected 36 points (12G, 24A). May also played three seasons at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota before turning to junior hockey.

May joins the Swamp Rabbits for the team’s weekend series against the Jacksonville Icemen at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The pair of games begins with Golf Night presented by Golf for Greenville on Friday at 7 p.m.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK MAKE ROSTER MOVES

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Joey Leach, Charles Williams released from PTOs

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, March 5, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has released defenseman Joey Leach and goaltender Charles Williams from their Professional Tryout (PTO) agreements.

Leach, who was signed by the Wolf Pack February 19, suited up for five games with Hartford, going scoreless with five shots on goal.  In 48 games with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL this year, Leach has four goals and 14 assists for 18 points, 59 penalty minutes and a +12. Continue reading

RANGERS STYMIED BY ISLANDERS

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS      GOALIES
Game Summary                                    NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)     NYI: J. Halak (W)
Event Summary

–       SHOTS ON GOAL – The Rangers established a single-game season-high with 50 shots on goal and established a single-period season-high with 21 shots on goal in the third period, as 17 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal in the game. The Rangers recorded 50 shots on goal in a game for the first time since Jan. 4, 2014 at Toronto (50). The Blueshirts have recorded 18 or more shots on goal in a period in each of the last four games (Feb. 9 vs. Calgary – 20 in the first period; Feb. 11 at Winnipeg – 18 in the second period; Feb. 13 at Minnesota – 19 in the second period; tonight at NY Islanders – 21 in the third period). In addition, the Rangers have registered 30 or more shots on goal in four of the last six games and in 30 of 58 games in 2017-18. The Rangers recorded 40 or more shots on goal in a game for the fifth time this season.

–       HOT AT THE DOT – The Blueshirts won 32 of 58 faceoffs in tonight’s game (55.2%). The Rangers have posted a faceoff win percentage of 50.0% or better in six of the last nine games and in 32 of 58 games in 2017-18. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: OCT. 23

 BY: The New York Rangers

1) Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered nine points (six goals, three assists) and recorded 23 shots on goal in four games during the week, including seven points (four goals, three assists) in the final two games of the week. Ronning established a single-game WHL career-high with four points (three goals, one assist) on his 20th birthday on Oct. 20 at Brandon, and he tallied three points (one goal, two assists) on Oct. 21 at Regina.

The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 12 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least seven shots on goal in five of the 12 contests. Ronning leads the Giants in goals (10), points (16), plus/minus rating (plus-eight), shots on goal (65), and game-winning goals (two) thus far this season. Ronning is also tied for second in the WHL in shots on goal and is tied for sixth in the league in goals in 2017-18. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 11

CANLTON’S CORNER: Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 11

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – NFL football camps are opening. In basketball, the free agent signing period is in full-swing while in the NHL, nothing seems to be slowing down as the summer moves along.

RANGERS SIGNING

Of the many problems that existed for the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, the most glaring concern was between the pipes as the goaltending was far beneath an acceptable level.

The theory was that with both Magnus Hellberg, returning off a solid season, and a healthy and seeming revitalized Mackenzie Skapski, who is now fully recovered from hip surgery, could be the foundation upon which the team could build as the team’s young members adjusted to life in pro hockey.

It’s pretty apparent, that never materialized.

Hellberg freely admitted at the end of the year that he was sub-par. He seemingly was always fighting the puck and had problems shoulder high to his glove side and getting beaten early in too many games. Skapski just never seemed to recover sinking deeper and deeper on the depth chart as the season progressed.

Skapski never seemed to recover and sunk deeper and deeper on the depth chart as the season progressed.

After such an impressive training camp in New York, Skapski had a terrible performance in an early season game in Providence. “The Buffalo Killer,” as Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault dubbed him in his rookie season after two wins against the Sabres, dropped to 0-4 and was getting beaten cleanly on long shots. He also was apprehensive in his decision making deciding to stay back in his net instead of getting to a loose puck that the Bruins Jake DeBrusk raced in to get before beating him to the top shelf. His performance earned him a return ticket to the ECHL and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, where he remained except for a few emergency recalls. Skapski ended the year with his getting bombed in a 6-1 shellacking in his only playoff appearance. He did not even dress for the following game.

Hellberg has since signed in Beijing, China with the Kunlun Red Star, a KHL team there. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 4 PART 2

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 4 Part 2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – So much going on right now that one story wasn’t enough to cover it all.

PLAYER AND COACHING MOVEMENT

Magnus Hellberg is getting as far away from Hartford as he possibly can. The now ex-Pack netminder signed a one-year contract with the Kunlun Red Star in Beijing, China for the KHL team that is entering its second season. Hopefully, Hellberg got his yuans up front. Below is a story from the AP on the financial problems of the KHL.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League has cut a Russian team as it tries to fix worsening financial problems, including debts to league players of over $17 million.

KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that the league is removing the Metallurg Novokuznetsk team, which had a 14-46 record and small crowds this season, as it bids to become leaner and more commercially successful.

Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb said in March it would withdraw to join the Austrian-based EBEL league.

Chernyshenko says the KHL — widely considered the world’s strongest league outside the NHL — has been hit by “unprecedented” wage delays to players totaling over 1 billion rubles ($17.7 million).

Seven of the KHL’s 29 teams are “regularly” late with salaries and some players have been waiting over six months for payment.

“The KHL will not stand for this,” Chernyshenko said.

From 27 teams next season, the KHL will cut three more for the 2018-19 season, Chernyshenko said. A statistical rating system measuring teams’ on-ice ability, their finances and crowd appeal will be used to determine who quits the league.

The league also plans to lower the salary cap and close some loopholes which help big spenders. That could make the league more competitive and reduce the dominance of wealthy teams like CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, which are funded by state-owned oil and gas companies.

SKA won its second KHL championship in three years last month after posting a 46-14 record in the regular season and then winning all but two of the 18 games it played across four rounds in the playoffs.

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ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – JESSICA KOIZUMI ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

NWHLNWHL NEWS: Jessica Koizumi Announces Retirement

Whale Adds Practice Player and Calls Up Orlando

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Brooklyn, N.Y.—  Today Jessica Koizumi of the Connecticut Whale announced her retirement from professional hockey and has accepted a full-time coaching position at The Ohio State University.

“This was the hardest career decision I have had to make — to retire from playing professionally in the NWHL in what I thought would be my last season,” Koizumi wrote in a letter announcing her retirement. “Being a part of the first paid professional league in North America (NWHL) last season is something I didn’t believe would happen in my lifetime. I hope the league sustains for generations to come because it was a dream come true… I am looking forward to the next chapter of giving back to the game from a different vantage point.”

Koizumi was captain of the Whale and scored the first goal in NWHL history.

Elena Orlando (F/D) will fill in on the full-time roster with a one-year, $12,000 contract. Orlando was signed by the Whale as a practice player this past offseason after playing for the New York Riveters last season. She registered one assist and 17 penalty minutes for the Riveters in the 2015-16 season.

Juana Baribeau (F) has also been signed by the Whale as a practice player. Baribeau is from Amos, Quebec and scored 52 goals and had 56 assists during her 150 game college career at Clarkson.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)

The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015 with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – BOSTON PRIDE ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

NWHLNWHL NEWS: BOSTON PRIDE ANNOUNCE PRACTICE PLAYERS FOR 2016-17 SEASON

Marissa Gedman and Lindsay Berman Return to NWHL For Season Two

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Boston, MAThe Boston Pride have signed their practice players for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Hayley Moore announced Tuesday. Kathryn Tomaselli (F), Lindsay Berman (F/D), Maggie Taverna (D), Marissa Gedman (D), Michaela Levine (F), and Natalie Robinson (G) have agreed to practice player contracts.

Lindsay Berman (NWHL)

<> at Prudential Center Practice Facility on March 12, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.

<> at Prudential Center Practice Facility on March 12, 2016, in Newark, New Jersey.

“We are very lucky to be adding an incredibly talented and well-rounded group of practice players to our Boston core,” said Moore. “These players add different areas of experience and skills to our team, and will be truly instrumental to our success this season.”

Gedman and Berman return to the NWHL after playing in the inaugural season. Gedman collected 6 assists in 18 regular season games with the Pride, as well as two assists in the Isobel Cup Playoffs. Berman notched one assist in three regular season games with the Connecticut Whale.

Levine finished her senior season at Williams this year as her team’s leading scorer with 55 points (30g, 25a) in 96 games. Tomaselli, another 2016 graduate, led her team with 50 points (31g, 19a) in 135 games with Union College.

Taverna was a defenseman for Boston College from 2005-2009, where she scored 67 points (15g, 52a) in 141 games. Goaltender Robinson, an Ontario native, played at the University of Maine from 2012-2016.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.