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CANTLON’S CORNER: RACE IS ON TO GET XL CENTER READY ON TIME

gerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The renovations to the nearly 40-year old XL Center are in full force in Hartford. A tight set of deadlines must be met over the next six weeks to insure completion of all of the work  necessary for opening the building on time for the official re-opening scheduled for October 8th.  That night the XL Center will host an NBA preseason game between the Boston Celtics and New York Knicks.

A handful of media was on hand to witness the $35 million worth of work upgrading the building. The hope is to improve its short term viability and long term prospects for the Hartford market. 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

CANTLON’S CORNER: IS THERE A NEW XL CENTER IN THE MAKING?

GerryBY: Gerry Cantlon, Exclusive to Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The CRDA (Capital Region Development Authority) oversees the XL Center and they have formally put an RFP (Request for Proposal) from contractors on building a new XL Center in Hartford.

Before you start your celebrating, know that this task is a lot easier said than done and given the crosswinds of Hartford, the state and minor league sports and politics all colliding at the same point, well anything could happen.

The only thing that’s guaranteed by this RFP request is that this will force a resolution on the future of the building. Good or bad, this will decide the future of hockey in Hartford. 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

CANTLON’S CORNER: OFF SEASON NEWS AND NOTES

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

In the any sport, finishing in first place is suppose to mean something right? Maybe not so much in the AHL where all three Eastern Conference regular season division winners were all eliminated in the first round.

The first seeded Manchester Monarchs were taken out of the post season by the eighth seeded Norfolk Admirals, The second seeded Springfield Falcons came sent packing by the seventh seeded Providence Bruins and the third seeded Binghamton Senators shot down by the sixth seeded Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: XL CENTER RENOVATIONS AND A NEW BUILDING?

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

HARTFORD, CT - The renovations of the XL Center are slated to begin next month and all the pieces are in place.

“We are right now mobilizing our crews. We have people in place and the procurement process is underway for the material and we will be starting shortly,” Michael Freimuth, CRDA Executive Director stated in an exclusive interview.

The timetable is in place, according to Bob Saint the CRDA Construction Coordinator. “On May 16th, we will start the toilet portion. We have an early release package out to bid now on the cooling system and that will get underway in the first phase. We will start the major portion of this phase after the June 30th WWE Show with the locker rooms and cooling and mechanical systems work and the locker rooms.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE PACK WRAP-UP – PART ONE

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

HARTFORD, CT - While spring was in the air  Monday morning, it felt more like a funeral parlor inside the empty XL Center.

The usual chit-chat; the banter of another breakup day was replaced by a dim and semi-darkened silent atmosphere outside their locker room as workers broke down their dinner eating area and preparations to take down the ice began.

A second spring of no playoff hockey will do that as the off season of decision making has begun.

For veteran Stu Bickel, skates tucked under his arm, recovering from a bilateral sports hernia surgery has begin in earnest. Going into unrestricted free agency after a season with two serious injuries, he has just one off-season goal – get healthy. Continue reading