Category Archives: World Junior Championships

CANTLON’S CORNER: OFF-SEASON ACTIVITY CONTINUES

gerry-300x260BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings 

Preparations for big changes in the AHL after next season have already begun with the announcement of division realignment for the upcoming 2014-15 season.

For the Hartford Wolf Pack and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, things will remain the same. Both teams are parked in the Northeast Division along with the Albany Devils (New Jersey) and Springfield Falcons (Columbus). The only change that’s coming is that Adirondack is now an affiliate of the Calgary Flames. This leaves the Western conference, North Division, with three other Canadian affiliated teams Utica Comets (Vancouver), Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal) and Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs) and Rochester Americans (Buffalo). Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE DAY AFTER JULY MADNESS – THE WOLF PACK VERSION

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

WOLF PACK ROSTER 2014-15

The remaking of the Hartford Wolf Pack for this coming fall began in earnest with Tuesday’s NHL Signing Day.

The most immediate need for the Pack was in net as the team signed five year AHL veteran Cedric “The Entertainer” Desjardins of Edmundston, New Brunswick.

Desjardins spent last season in Syracuse, the top farm team of the Tampa Bay Lightning, where he posted a record of 9-18-4 in 35 games. For his career, Desjardins has a record of 104-80-18 over 219 AHL games. He was recalled for one game to the NHL for Tampa Bay. Continue reading

RANGERS SIGN A SLEW OF PLAYERS LIKELY FOR WOLF PACK

ny-ranger-logo-150x145BY: The New York Rangers

DEFENSEMAN MIKE KOSTKA

NEW YORK, July 1, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Mike Kostka.

            Kostka, 28, split this past season between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning, registering four goals and seven assists for 11 points, along with eight penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 28 games. He established career-highs in goals, points, and plus/minus rating, and tied a career-high in shots on goal (49). He also posted a plus or even rating in 24 of his 28 games. Kostka tallied his first career NHL goal on October 19 vs. Toronto. He registered the first multi-point game of his career by recording two points (one goal, one assist) on December 10 at Dallas. Kostka made his Tampa Bay debut on March 1 at Dallas, and tallied the first multi-assist game of his career in his second contest as a member of the Lightning on March 2 at Colorado. Continue reading

RANGERS INTRODUCE FANS TO 2014 DRAFT PICKS

ny-ranger-logo-150x145RANGERS MAKE SEVEN SELECTIONS IN 2014 NHL DRAFT

Blueshirts draft two forwards, three defensemen, and two goalies

BY: The New York Rangers

PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather, along with Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, oversaw the club’s activity in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The team, which held seven picks in the draft, selected two forwards, three defensemen, and two goalies.

The Rangers made all seven of their selections on Saturday, starting with goaltender Brandon Halverson in the second round (59th overall). Halverson appeared in 19 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 12-6-1 record, along with a 2.96 GAA, a .904 SV%, and two shutouts as a rookie. The Traverse City, Michigan native recorded a shutout in his OHL debut on October 5 at Belleville, stopping all 32 shots he faced. Halverson also posted a personal four-game winning streak from March 1 vs. Kitchener to March 16 vs. London, registering a 1.75 GAA, a .947 SV%, and one shutout over the span. Continue reading

RANGERS ANNOUNCE PROSPECTS CAMP

ny-ranger-logo-150x1452014 RANGERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, June 28, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team will hold the 2014 Prospect Development Camp from Monday, June 30 – Friday, July 4, at Madison Square Garden Training Center. The camp will bring together several of the team’s top prospects, including Anthony Duclair, Brady Skjei, Mackenzie Skapski, Pavel Buchnevich, and Adam Tambellini.

Duclair, 18, registered 50 goals and 49 assists for 99 points, along with 56 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this past season. Duclair established QMJHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, power play goals (15), shorthanded goals (three), and game-winning goals (seven). He also ranked third in the league in goals, sixth in the league in points, seventh in the league in power play goals, and tied for seventh in the league in game-winning goals. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: CALDER CUP WRAP UP & MORE

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The 78th AHL Calder Cup Final was one of the most entertaining series that went just five games with the Texas Stars winning their first-ever title in the their second attempt at the championship.

The game winning goal was scored, not by one of the many offensive, “stars,”  in the series, but by the team’s defensively minded Swedish defenseman, Tom Nemeth. The goal was a thing of beauty and took both his coach and his teammates completely by surprise.

Nemeth, who played just 37 games in the regular season and only scored four goals, came up the right wing side on a rush, cut to the middle of the ice, reversing his play and in the process faking St. John’s defenseman Jordan Hill out of the play. Nemeth then went to his backhand and with body position on Will O’Neill, lifted it perfectly over the outstretched glove-hand of St. John’s IceCaps goaltender, Michael Hutchinson into the top corner of the net at 14:30 and proved to be the game winner sealing the championship for Texas. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WHAT’S GOING ON IN HOCKEY

gerry-cantlon1-150x15011BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

STANLEY CUP

The New York Rangers are seeking four more wins to add to their season total. If they get them, they would garner their first Stanley Cup in 20 years, since the magical team that ended the 54 year long drought on the backs of Mark Messier and Brian Leetch.

This Rangers crew has a lot of Wolf Pack DNA flowing through its veins. Two players in particular have stories that tell a lot about their development into playing vital roles on the team come from the defensive side of the ledger. Those Rangers are Ryan McDonaghMarc Staal and Dan Girardi. Continue reading