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rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifBY: The New York Rangers

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jarret Stoll.

Stoll, 33, has skated in 792 career NHL games over parts of 12 seasons with Edmonton and Los Angeles, registering 140 goals and 239 assists for 379 points, along with a plus-three rating and 582 penalty minutes. Stoll has won 55.4% of faceoffs he has taken in his career (6,834-for-12,339), and he has posted a faceoff win percentage of 51.0% or higher in every season of his career. In addition, he is one of three NHL players (among qualifying skaters) who have posted a 51.0% faceoff win percentage or higher in every season since 2003-04, along with Joe Thornton and Pavel Datsyuk. Stoll led his team in faceoff win percentage in nine consecutive seasons (2005-06 – 2013-14) and has ranked either first or second on his team in faceoff win percentage in 10 seasons during his career. He has also reached the 40-point plateau in four different seasons and has notched at least 20 assists in six different seasons.

The 6-1, 215-pounder has played in the Stanley Cup Final in three different seasons during his career (2005-06, 2011-12, and 2013-14), and he captured the Stanley Cup twice as a member of the Kings (2011-12 and 2013-14). In 93 career NHL playoff games, Stoll has registered 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points, along with a plus-five rating and 68 penalty minutes.

Stoll skated in 73 games with Los Angeles during the 2014-15 season, registering six goals and 11 assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and 58 penalty minutes. He tied a career-high, and tied for eighth in the NHL, in shorthanded assists (two). Stoll led the Kings in shorthanded assists, tied for second on the team in shorthanded points (two), and ranked second among Kings forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:30). In addition, he posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 59 of 73 games during the season. Los Angeles posted a 10-2-2 record when Stoll notched a point, including a 5-0-1 record when he tallied a goal. Stoll registered eight of his 17 points in either the third period or overtime. He recorded nine points (three goals, six assists) and posted a plus-seven rating over a 10-game span from Nov. 15 vs. Anaheim to Dec. 6 vs. Philadelphia.

The Melville, Saskatchewan native was originally selected by Calgary in the second round, 46th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. Upon re-entering the draft, Stoll was selected by Edmonton in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.


rp_hartfordwolfpackpuck_thumb.jpg      VERSUS      Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 27, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night to the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, by a score of 3-1.  The loss knocks Hartford out of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Hartford’s lone goal came from Ryan Haggerty.  The goal was assisted by Oscar Lindberg and Carl KlingbergYann Danis had 28 saves on 31 shots.

Manchester had goals from Nic Dowd, Adrian Kempe, and Brian O’Neill.  J-F Berube stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Continue reading


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Manchester

BY: Gerry Cantlon, HOWLINGS

HARTFORD, CT – The Manchester Monarchs used surgical like precision to control the puck to take a 5-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night at the XL Center. The win, the third straight by the Monarchs, pushes the Pack to the brink of elimination with Game Four Wednesday night also in Hartford with game-time at 7pm.

The Wolf Pack handed out white rally towels before the game and at points looked like they would use them to signal surrender. While the margin of victory was a two-goal difference, it doesn’t reflect how much Manchester controlled play throughout large portions of the game.

“Clearly, they were the quicker club,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “Little things that we talked about, plays that weren’t available to us, not putting them in dangerous areas, that’s where we were putting pucks.” Continue reading


Hartford Wolf Pack revised      VERSUS      Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 26, 2015 – Nick Shore and Zach O’Brien had a goal and an assist each for the Manchester Monarchs Tuesday night at the XL Center, to lead Manchester to a 5-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Three of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.

Manchester now leads the series three games to none, and the Wolf Pack will have to win Game Four of the series Wednesday night at home to avoid a sweep.

Chad Nehring, Danny Kristo and Joey Crabb scored the Wolf Pack goals, and Mat Bodie had two assists.  Adrian Kempe and Brian O’Neill also scored for the Monarchs, and J-F Berube made 17 saves.  Mackenzie Skapski stopped 29 shots in the Wolf Pack net, in his first pro playoff start. Continue reading


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – Simply put, the Hartford Wolf Pack must-win Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals if they have any hope of keeping their Championship aspirations alive.

Should the Pack go down 3-games-to-0 to the best team in the AHL’s regular season, and the top seed overall in the Calder Cup playoffs, the Manchester Monarchs, in all likelihood they will have dug themselves a hole that would probably be too high to climb out of.

For the Pack to accomplish this goal, they must take care of one crucial task in order to secure a victory and that’s to disrupt and negate the effects of the Monarchs top line consisting of Jordan Weal – Mike Mersch and Brian O’Neill. The three forwards have accounted for 62% of the Monarchs’ entire postseason goals and have amassed a staggering 51 points between them. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: May 26 – June 1, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: May 26-June 1, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack dropped the first two games of their Eastern Conference Final series against the Manchester Monarchs on the road.  Oscar Lindberg and Mat Bodie scored for the Wolf Pack in Thursday’s Game One, and Chris Bourque had two assists, but the regular season champion Monarchs prevailed by a score of 3-2.  Then on Saturday night in Game Two, Lindberg struck for a four-point game (1-3-4) and Carl Klingberg scored twice, but the Manchester offense broke out for a seven-spot, as the Monarchs posted a 7-4 triumph. 

Full Speed Ahead

“Full Speed Ahead” is the official Wolf Pack playoff slogan.  This comes from the ship U.S.S Hartford, which served as Admiral David Farragut’s flagship during the Civil War. During the battle of Mobile Bay, while on the deck of the Hartford, Farragut famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”. Continue reading


Hartford Wolf Pack revised      VERSUS      Manchester Monarchs

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

MANCHESTER, NH Mike Mersch’s hat trick powered the Manchester Monarchs to a 7-4 victory in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals over the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack at the Verizon Center in front 4,003 of Saturday night. The win gave the Eastern Conference’s top seed a two-game to nothing lead in their best-of-seven series.

“There are certain things we have to do (better) in managing the puck, maintaining checks,” said a downcast head coach Ken Gernander. “That’s where (improvement) will start.” Continue reading