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CANTLON’S CORNER: OFF-SEASON REPORT VOL. 2

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  As we enter the second week of the off-season in Hartford, there is still a great deal going on.

WOLF PACK SIGNING

There’s a new name to add to the Hartford roster, Michael Joly of Gatineau, Quebec.

The 5’11, 185 lb. Right-Wing is a left-handed shot has just completed a four-year QMJHL career with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. The Screaming Eagles were knocked out of the President’s Cup playoffs in the quarterfinals by the Saint John Sea Dogs in seven games. Joly had twelve goals in sixteen playoff games.

Joly played all of his major junior hockey career with Rimouski before being traded for three draft picks on November 28. He wound up with an excellent linemate in Pierre-Luc Dubois, a consensus top 5 pick at the NHL Draft in Buffalo next month. Continue reading

RANGERS: LINDBERG HIP AIN’T SO LUCKY – SURGERY PUTS HIM OUT 6 MONTHS

Oscar LindbergOSCAR LINDBERG UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL SURGERY
Expected to Recover in Six Months 

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 6, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that Oscar Lindberg underwent a successful simultaneous bilateral hip labral repair. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at Hospital for Special Surgery. The expected recovery time is six months.

Lindberg, 24, skated in 68 games with the Rangers in 2015-16, registering 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 43 penalty minutes. Lindberg tied for second among NHL rookies in plus/minus rating, ranked eighth in hits (132), and tied for 10th in even strength goals (12) this past season. He received the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp in 2015.

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RANGERS: RAANTA A NYR FOR TWO YRS AT $1M PER

Annti RaantaRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH ANTTI RAANTA

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, May 2, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta on a new contract.

Raanta, 26, appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this past season, posting an 11-6-2 record, along with a 2.24 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 1 SO. He tied his career-high in appearances, and he ranked eighth in the NHL in GAA in 2015-16. Raanta allowed two goals or fewer in 13 of his 18 starts during the season. Raanta earned a win in each of his first four starts of the season, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to register a win in each of his first four starts with the Rangers. He stopped all 22 shots he faced to earn a win/shutout while making his debut with the Blueshirts on Oct. 19, 2015, vs. San Jose. Raanta becomes the fourth goaltender in franchise history to earn a shutout in his first start with the Rangers and the first to do so since Marcel Paille on Nov. 2, 1957.

Raanta concluded the 2015-16 regular season by earning a win in each of his final four starts, posting a 1.75 GAA and a .941 SV% in those contests. Also, he posted a 7-1-0 record, along with a 2.13 GAA and a .931 SV% in his final eight starts of the season. Raanta appeared in three playoff games with the Rangers in 2016 and made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 of the First Round against Pittsburgh on Apr. 13.

The 6-0, 193-pounder has appeared in 64 career NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Rangers and Chicago, posting a 31-15-7 record, along with a 2.35 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 4 SO. Among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 15 games over the last two seasons (2014-15 – 2015-16), Raanta ranks second in the NHL in GAA (2.10) and ranks fourth in SV% (.926). In 31 career NHL appearances at home, Raanta has posted a 19-4-4 record, along with a 1.80 GAA, a .934 SV%, and 4 SO. In 13 career NHL appearances in which he has made at least 30 saves, Raanta has posted an 11-1-1 record, along with a 1.61 GAA, a .955 SV%, and 2 SO.

The Rauma, Finland native was acquired by the Rangers from Chicago in exchange for Ryan Haggerty on June 27, 2015.

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RANGERS: SUMMER AND SPECULATION BEGINS FOR BLUESHIRTS AFTER ELIMINATION BY PITTSBURGH

Post Game NotesBY: The New York Rangers
CaptureBox Score1CaptureOFFICIAL GAME REPORTS  GOALIES                                                                                           Game Summary                       NYR: H. Lundqvist (L), A. Raanta (ND) PIT: M. Murray (W) Event Summarybanner-team-notes

        GOALS GALORE – New York has registered at least three goals in six of its last seven playoff games on the road, dating back to Game 6 of the Second Round in 2015 against Washington.

        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers recorded 41 shots on goal in today’s contest. The Blueshirts registered at least 40 shots on goal in a playoff game which ended in regulation for the first time since Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2012 against Ottawa. Also, the Rangers recorded at least 40 shots on goal in a playoff game on the road which ended in regulation for the first time since Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 1997 against Florida. Continue reading

RANGERS: WIN OR GO HOME TODAY AT 3 PM

Game Preview

NEW YORK RANGERS at PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET
CONSOL Energy CenterPittsburgh, PA
Rangers: 1-3
Penguins: 3-1

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 5 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins today, Apr. 23, at CONSOL Energy Center (3:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers trail the Penguins in the best-of-seven series, three games to one, following Pittsburgh’s 5-0 win in Game 4 on Apr. 21 at Madison Square Garden.

Today’s game is the Rangers’ 503rd all-time playoff contest. New York enters the contest with a 238-256-8 record in the playoffs. Continue reading

RANGERS: ON THE VERGE AFTER HUMILIATING LOSS TO PENS

Post Game NotesBY: The New York RangersCaptureBox Score1CaptureOFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES                                                                                     Game Summary                        PIT: M. Murray (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (L) A. Raanta (ND) Event Summarybanner-team-notes

        Derek Stepan skated in his 85th career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, tying Ron Greschner for fifth place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list.

        Ryan McDonagh skated in his 83rd career playoff game with the Rangers in tonight’s contest, passing Brian Leetch for sole possession of seventh place on the franchise’s all-time playoff games played list.

        Oscar Lindberg made his NHL playoff debut in tonight’s contest.

        HOT AT THE DOT – The Rangers won 45 of 78 faceoffs they took in tonight’s game (57.7%). Each of the five Blueshirts who took at least one face-off in the contest posted a faceoff win percentage of 52.0 or better. Continue reading

RANGERS: AS CLOSE TO A MUST WIN AS IT GETS

Game PreviewNEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers:1-2
Penguins: 2-1

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 4 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow, Apr. 21, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers trail the Penguins in the best-of-seven series, two games to one, following Pittsburgh’s 3-1 win in Game 3 on Apr. 19 at MSG.

Tomorrow’s game is the Rangers’ 502nd all-time playoff contest. New York enters the contest with a 238-255-8 record in the playoffs. Continue reading

RANGERS: PENGUINS UNFRIENDLY GUESTS, SPIT OUT RANGERS HOME COOKING

Post Game NotesCaptureBY: The New York Rangers

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–        SHORT AND SWEET – The Rangers’ shorthanded goal in tonight’s contest was their first shorthanded goal in a playoff game since Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 at Los Angeles. Continue reading

RANGERS: GAME THREE – COULD SEQUEL TO, “REVENGE OF THE BLUESHIRTS” BE, “THE EMPIRE STATE STRIKES BACK?”

Game PreviewNEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1
Penguins: 1-1

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins tomorrow, Apr. 19, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following the Rangers’ 4-2 win in Game 2 of the series on Apr. 16 at Pittsburgh.

Tomorrow’s game is the Rangers’ 501st all-time playoff contest. New York enters the contest with a 238-254-8 record in the playoffs. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 18-24, 2016

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 18-24, 2016

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack ended their season this past week with their only Canadian road trip of the year.  The three-game journey started Wednesday in Toronto, where the Wolf Pack knocked off the league-leading Marlies, 3-2, in a school-day morning game.  After that, the Pack headed to Newfoundland for a pair of games vs. the St. John’s IceCaps.  The Wolf Pack won the first one, 4-1, on Friday night, with the line of Jayson Megna (1-2-3), Adam Tambellini (0-3-3) and Chad Nehring (1-1-2) combining for eight points.  Despite the victory, however, the Wolf Pack were eliminated from playoff contention later that night, when Bridgeport clinched the last Eastern Conference playoff spot with a 3-2 win at Portland.  In the season finale Saturday in St. John’s, the Wolf Pack put 36 shots on the IceCap net, but could get only one past St. John’s goaltender Eddie Pasquale and the IceCaps prevailed by a score of 2-1.  That was only the Wolf Pack’s fifth regulation loss in the last 18 regular-season games (12-5-1-0), and after January 8, when they stood 14-19-2-0, the Pack finished the season 27-13-1-0 in their last 41 games.  Continue reading