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RANGERS: LUKE ADAM SIGNED – LIKELY HARTFORD-BOUND

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD LUKE ADAM

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 3, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Luke Adam.

Adam, 25, skated in 73 games with the Rochester Americans and the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 16 goals and 26 assists for 42 points, along with 62 penalty minutes. He posted a four-game point streak from October 25 at Adirondack to November 1 at Toronto, and he posted three consecutive multi-point games from November 8 vs. Utica to November 14 vs. Toronto. Adam tallied a goal while making his debut with Springfield on December 19 at Binghamton, and he registered a season-high five-game point streak from December 28 vs. Syracuse to January 9 at Providence.

In addition, Adam skated in three NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014-15, recording four penalty minutes. He made his debut with Columbus on March 10 at Carolina.

The 6-2, 206-pounder has skated in 90 career NHL games over parts of five seasons with Buffalo and Columbus, registering 15 goals and 11 assists for 26 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. Adam established NHL career-highs in games played (52), goals (10), assists (10), and points (20) with Buffalo during the 2011-12 season. He made his NHL debut with the Sabres on October 26, 2010, at Philadelphia, and he recorded his first career NHL assist/point on November 26, 2010, vs. Toronto.

Adam has skated in 283 career AHL games, registering 93 goals and 110 assists for 203 points, along with 231 penalty minutes. In 2013-14, Adam participated in the AHL All-Star Game. He led Rochester in goals (29), ranked second in points (49), and tied for fifth in assists (20), and ranked second in the AHL in power play goals (16) in 2013-14. Adam received the Dudley (Red) Garrett Memorial Award as AHL Rookie of the Year in 2010-11, as he established AHL career-highs in goals (29), assists (33), points (62), and plus/minus rating (plus-18). He tied for first among all AHL rookies in points in 2010-11 and represented the Eastern Conference at the 2011 AHL All-Star Game. In 26 career AHL playoff games, Adam has registered six goals and eight assists for 14 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.

Internationally, the St. John’s, Newfoundland, and Labrador native represented Canada at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. Adam registered eight points (four goals, four assists) and posted a plus-nine rating in six games during the tournament while helping Canada capture a silver medal.

Adam was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round, 44th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS: MARTY ST. LOUIS CALLS IT A CAREER

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Martin St. Louis Announces Retirement from the National Hockey League
16-Year Veteran Scored 391 Goals, Was Named to Seven All-Star Teams

BY: The New York Rangers

Martin St. Louis, who totaled 391 goals and 642 assists for 1,033 points in 1134 regular season games spread over 16 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement from professional hockey today. St. Louis, who played right wing for the Calgary Flames (1998-2000), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2000-14), and the New York Rangers (2014-15), leaves the game having been named to seven NHL All-Star Games, while earning All NHL Second Team honors four times and All NHL First Team honors once.

“I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride,” said St. Louis in making the announcement.  “I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years.  I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.

“I have had the good fortune of working with some incredible players and trainers throughout my career who I am grateful to also call good friends.  I am also thankful to all of the fans who have supported me through the years; it has meant so much to me. I have dedicated my life to being the best player I could be and now want to turn more of my focus to my three boys.  I look forward to this next chapter of my life and the time I will have with my family.”

St. Louis, who started his NHL career as an undrafted free agent with the Calgary Flames in 1998, had his best year in 2003-04, leading the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup, while leading the NHL with 94 points in 82 games to win the Art Ross Trophy. He also won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player and the Lester B. Pearson Award as the National Hockey League Players Association’s Most Outstanding Player that same season.

He totaled eleven 20-goal seasons and seven 30-goal seasons en route to his 391 career goals and he totaled 80 or more points in six of his 16 seasons played, posting a career-high 102 points in 2006-07. St. Louis played 80 or more games nine times in his career, playing in all 82 regular season games possible in seven of eight seasons from 2002-03 through 2010-11.

St. Louis won two Art Ross Trophies as the league’s leading scorer (2003-04 and 2012-13) and he won three Lady Byng Memorial Trophies (2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13) for his “sportsmanship and gentlemanly play combined with a high standard of playing ability.” He also led the league in assists in 2003-04 (56) and 2012-13 (43 in 48 games played).

A native of Laval, Quebec, St. Louis played college hockey for the University of Vermont, leading the Catamounts to the NCAA Frozen Four in 1996 while earning All-America status in three of those years (1994-95 through 1996-97).

Internationally, St. Louis has played with Team Canada on several occasions. He was a member of the team that won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and is a two-time silver medalist at the World Championships; he was named a tournament all-star after leading the 2009 event in scoring with 15 points. A two-time Olympian (2006, ’14), St. Louis was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Winter Games.

He and his wife Heather, reside in Connecticut with their three sons Ryan (12), Lucas (10) and Mason (7), all of whom are aspiring hockey players themselves.

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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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