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TOSTI: RABBITS HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY THE 13th (OCTOBER)

The eighth season of Swamp Rabbits Hockey begins with the…

2017 Home Opener – Friday, October 13th

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are pleased to announce that the 2017 Home Opener has been scheduled for Friday, October 13th.

The Swamp Rabbits will host the Wheeling Nailers to begin the 2017-18 regular season on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. When the puck drops, the Swamp Rabbits will begin the team’s eighth campaign in the Upstate, in pursuit of a second straight trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

More information on the 2017-18 regular season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, including a full release of Greenville’s 36 home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Stay tuned to SwampRabbits.com for more information.

CANTLON’S CORNER: 2017 WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME ONE

CANTLON’S CORNER: 2017 Wolf Pack Off Season Volume One

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – There is LOTS of news going on regarding the New York Rangers and their top affiliates in Hartford and even in Greenville With the Swamp Rabbits. We will give to you a weekly series all summer keeping you up to date on all of it.

Week One has plenty to offer.

PLAYERS SiGNINGS

The Hartford Wolf Pack team makeover for 2017-18 is clearly underway.

The first two off season signings were on defense.

The latest is from the collegiate ranks in right-handed shooting rearguard, Neal Pionk. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE FUTURE OF THE XL CENTER IS DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE FUTURE OF THE XL CENTER IS DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It’s an off-season of apprehension and happiness at the XL Center.

The apprehension factor just got a bit higher last week.

A key legislative committee for the state legislature that approves large-scale capital development projects, The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, made a recommendation to approve just $70 million over the next two years ($40 million in 2018 and $30 million in 2019). The original request was for $125 million, or half of the total $250 million said to be needed to renovate the 42-year-old building.

This procedural vote still must go to the full General Assembly for approval. Currently, the state has no place in the budget and the current negotiations are, not surprisingly, acrimonious and have broken down. The budget gap over the last year, seems to always be a floating number, has dipped even further into the red for this year. The State Budget office estimates the deficit has escalated for 2018 to a projected $2.3 billion and $2.7 billion in 2019.

CRDA Executive Director Michael W. Freimuth, despite not getting the result he wanted, maintains his confidence that this is the fifth inning of a nine-inning game.

“This is one step in the budget process. It does have to go before the General Assembly to be voted on and accepted by the Governor. There are a million moving pieces to the budget process. It’s not finished. It’s pretty obvious we have major budget issues ongoing. As of today, things are very unclear and we’re nowhere near close to final budget numbers. When the session ends then will be able to assess where we are and how to go forward.”

If the figure stays as is, and is not modified in any way, for Freimuth, it will represent a small victory in a very long-term strategy that has been structured because of the state economics.

“We have always thought this to be a four-year project,” Freimuth said. “The first year would be planning, design, and cost analysis needs to be done. This level of funding could allow that to start. Clearly, next year is absolutely critical. It’s when we have to prepare and begin the true, heavy lifting. The construction part needs to begin, and yes, we have to have the funding in place. We also have the expiration of contracts with our two main tenants, MSG and UCONN. That adds pressure to the situation no question.”

Freimuth admitted the budget battle, as well as the questions and concerns from the state legislators regarding the project, have now given the CRDA a new element to add to the equation—private financing.

“Given the economic realities we have before us, we are going to be studying and looking at our options in (the private financing) area. We are going to see what the marketplace is for this, and how it could be incorporated as part of this project.”

The state budget shortfall for the current fiscal year has now ballooned to $389.5 million after the April tax deadlines. This reflects a sharp decline in revenue for state government whose current budget year ends June 30th. The current legislative session is to end in little over a month from now, on June 7th. Continue reading

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN NEAL PIONK

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN NEAL PIONK

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Neal Pionk.

Pionk, 21, skated in 42 games with the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs this season, registering seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points, along with a plus-24 rating and 25 penalty minutes. He established collegiate career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Also, Pionk helped Minnesota-Duluth win the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Championship, and he also helped the team advance to the Frozen Four and the National Championship Game. Continue reading

BEST OF THREE STARTS TOMORROW FOR BLUESHIRTS AND HABS

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell CentreMontreal, QC
Rangers: 2-2
Canadiens: 2-2 

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found via this link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 20, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece, following the Rangers’ 2-1 win in Game 4 of the series at MSG.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading

TOSTI: EX-PACK, BRODIE DUPONT, COMES TO SWAMP RABBITS

Swamp Rabbits Add Brodie Dupont from AHL

Greenville bolsters playoff roster with the veteran skater from Bakersfield ahead of Friday night rubber match with Stingrays.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the addition of forward Brodie Dupont. The veteran skater was acquired at the ECHL” trade deadline from the Norfolk Admirals but has skated on loan with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors since February 23rd. Dupont collected 41 points (16G, 25A) in 40 games with Norfolk before his call up.

The Swamp Rabbits newest forward brings ten pro seasons and more than 500 games of professional hockey experience to Greenville. Dupont led the Admirals in scoring, averaging over a point per game at the time of his call-up. The Russell, MB native collected eight points (2G, 6A) in 21 AHL games with the Condors. The 6-foot-2 forward was named the Sher-wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week during the first week of January; unleashing eight points (3G, 5A) in three games. Continue reading

RANGERS PLAY SPIRITED GAME TO KNOT SERIES AT 2

              Game Summary                                                         MTL: C. Price (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   Event Summary

        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – The Rangers have won six of the last eight playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.

        SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, seven of the 14 playoff series the Rangers have played in through the first four games were tied at two games apiece. In those series knotted at two games after four played, the Blueshirts posted a 4-2 series record at two games apiece over the span. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK LOSE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

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Wolf Pack Lose Last Game of the Season

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Mercifully, the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s 20th Anniversary season came to an end on Saturday night in a blistering 5-1 loss to the host Springfield Thunderbirds, who won their fifth in a row at home, before 6,217, their third sellout of the season, at the Mass Mutual Center.

Down the stretch, the Wolf Pack efforts to avoid finishing dead last in the AHL never materialized. The season ended with a 24-46-4-2 record (54 points) both, sadly, franchise records.

The team ended the season with a five-game losing streak and went 3-8-0 in their last 11.  Since the trade deadline, over the final seven weeks of the regular season, The Pack won just six games.

“I really can’t put it into words right now. It’s been a very tough year,” said head coach Ken Gernander.

The Thunderbirds quickly built a 2-0 lead in the second period. Anthony Greco was down low on the right wing side and swept a shot that rookie goaltender Chris Nell made the initial save on, but with Paul Thompson in close taking a shot, he couldn’t contain the rebound. The puck popped loose to the red hot Jared McCann who was all alone in the slot. McCann popped in his fourth goal in two games and his 11th of the season at 1:26.

The Pack played with greater purpose and drive in the second, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Continue reading

RAANTA OUT, HELLBERG IN

RANGERS RECALL MAGNUS HELLBERG FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg, 26, appeared in 36 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 12-15-1 record, along with a 2.95 GAA, a .903 SV%, and 1 SO. He allowed two goals or fewer in 10 of his final 16 AHL appearances this season, and posted a shutout on Mar. 31 vs. Hershey.

The 6-6, 209-pounder appeared in two games with the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, posting a 1-0-0 record, along with a 1.53 GAA and a .929 SV%. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced to earn his first career NHL win while making his first career NHL start on Apr. 9 vs. Pittsburgh.

A LOOK AT RANGERS – HABS II

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Friday, Apr. 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
Rangers: 1-0
Canadiens: 0-1

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 14, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts lead the best-of-seven series, one game to none, following their 2-0 win in Game 1 in Montreal.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading