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DROPPING THE GLOVES

Capture31-150x150BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher – Howlings

Okay, call me crazy, but I had an idea today that I thought would be fun and something that I thought could make the site more appealing.

Let’s have a fight…

Okay… I don’t mean to show up at Howlings headquarters and cold-cock me one in the head…I mean a more civilized fight…and about something we can all be excited about…Rangers / Wolf Pack / Road Warriors hockey. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: OUT WITH THE WHALE BACK WITH THE PACK

Gerry-Cantlon-150x150BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

Several sources have confirmed to Howlings that the name, “Connecticut Whale” will be dropped for the Hartford AHL franchise, owned by the New York Rangers, and will return next season under its former banner, “The Hartford Wolf Pack” and was formally decided upon last Thursday.

The approval was agreed to by the American Hockey League in part to facilitate the team jersey order with Reebok which has the contract with the NHL and AHL to supply game worn jerseys for the 2013-2014 season. Continue reading

CDRA APPROVES GLOBAL SPECTRUM

Gerry Cantlon BY: Gerry Cantlon, Special to Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The affiliation agreement between the New York Rangers and Global Spectrum, the new operator of the XL Center, received unanimous approval by the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in their monthly meeting Thursday evening

The agreement, three years in length with two additional option years held by the Rangers, takes effect April 1st. Global Spectrum wants to immediately hit the ground running and beginning the process of renewing season tickets and selling to local and corporate sponsors for the 2013-2014 season. Continue reading

BERLET SPOTLIGHT: NHL-NHLPA SAY TWO-WAYS OKAY FOR AHL

BY: BRUCE BERLET (Special to Howlings)

Good news for non-entry level players on two-way contracts if an expected NHL lockout begins at midnight Saturday.

While continuing to be unable to agree on major issues to prevent a second work stoppage in seven years, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association have reached an agreement to allow players on two-way contracts to be eligible to play in the AHL if another lockout occurs. The players will be exempt from re-entry waivers if they are recalled to the NHL three days before the start of the season, whenever that happens. On Thursday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said there was no new news to report after a two-hour meeting with the NHL Board of Governors in New York. The sides exchanged proposals during a three-hour meeting Wednesday.  Continue reading

BERLET SPOTLIGHT: CATCHING UP WITH DYLAN MCILRATH

BY: Bruce Berlet, (Special to Howlings)

Rugged defenseman Dylan McIlrath is back in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, recovering nicely from offseason surgery for a dislocated left kneecap.

McIlrath, the New York Rangers’ first-round pick (10th overall) in 2010 who was scoreless in five playoff games with the Connecticut Whale in April after completing his junior season with the Western Hockey League’s Moose Jaw Warriors, was injured in a collision with forward Kyle Jean during the Rangers’ prospects camp after the NHL draft in June. Dr. Andrew Feldman and Dr. Anthony Maddalo performed the operation July 6 at the NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hospital for Joint Diseases in Manhattan, and the 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman immediately began rehabilitation. Meanwhile, Jean was signed to a free-agent contract after getting four goals in four games and likely will be a teammate of McIlrath this fall.  Continue reading

A LETTER FROM THE BALDWINS TO WHALERS NATION

Whaler Nation website, run by our good friend and former team executive, Mark Willand, published the following article from Whalers Sports and Entertainment Chairman Howard Baldwin Sr. and the former team President, Howard Baldwin, Jr. Click HERE to see the original publication.

Dear Whaler Fan:

As I am sure you are aware, our agreement with the New York Rangers has been rescinded.  For the next year we will not be involved in the marketing or the presentation of the AHL CT Whale. Much has been written by members of the media regarding this turn of events. We personally have chosen to step back and let the dust settle as we evaluate what role, if any, we might play in the future of  Hartford hockey. Continue reading

BERLET SPOTLIGHT: WELLMAN TRADED

BY: Bruce Berlet, Special to Howlings

In a bit of a surprising move that doesn’t help the Connecticut Whale, the New York Rangers traded forward Casey Wellman to the Florida Panthers on Friday for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 draft.

The 24-year-old Wellman was one of the Whale’s top players down the stretch and especially in the playoffs, when he tied for the team scoring lead with four goals and five assists in nine games. He had nine goals and 13 assists in 31 regular-season games after being acquired from the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 3 for center Erik Christensen and a seventh-round pick in 2013. Prior to that, he had two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Wild and 14 goals and 11 assists in 26 games with the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Continue reading