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CANTLON’S CORNER: TRADE DEADLINE REVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack benefited greatly from the moves the New York Ranger made at the trade deadline on Monday.

In the deal with the Arizona Coyotes, John Moore, Anthony Duclair as well as a first and second round pick, brought the team premiere offensive minded defenseman Keith Yandle to the Blueshirts, but also yielded Chris Summers, who was not an unknown commodity to the organization.

Summers is a big and strong defenseman. At 6’2 and 215 pounds, Summers skates well and is considered a top flight athlete. He was drafted in the first round, 29th overall, back in 2007 after ending a stellar four year career at the University of Michigan. During the combines several years ago, he was scouted by the Rangers and routinely was a finalist along with Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh. Now, the Rangers organization has all three. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 2-8, 2015

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (30-18-5-3, 68 pts.) absorbed a pair of narrow defeats this past week, falling 4-2 in Manchester on Friday night and dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night at home.  The Pack led the Monarchs 2-1 going into the third period Friday, on goals by Steve Spinell and Tyler Brown, but Manchester came back with three tallies in the final frame to turn the tables.  The Wolf Pack trailed Saturday’s contest 1-0 and 2-1, but came back both times on goals by Chris Mueller. 

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* = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings.
Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth. Continue reading

RANGERS: SHEPPARD JOINS THE NY FLOCK

20130423-sheppard-headerRANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD JAMES SHEPPARD

Send a fourth round pick in 2016 to San Jose

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, March 1, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has acquired forward James Sheppard from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Rangers’ own fourth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Sheppard, 26, has registered five goals and 11 assists for 16 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 57 games this season. Sheppard has tied his career-high in goals this season. He has won 267 of 534 faceoffs he has taken this season (50%), and ranked third on the Sharks in faceoff win percentage among players who had taken at least 150 faceoffs in 2014-15. Sheppard posted a four-game point streak from Oct. 30 – Nov. 8, 2014, including a three-game goal streak from Nov. 1 – Nov. 8, 2014. He tied single-game career-highs with two assists/points on Dec. 4, 2014 vs. Boston.

The 6-2, 215-pounder has skated in 380 career NHL games with Minnesota and San Jose, registering 21 goals and 68 assists for 89 points, along with 183 penalty minutes. Sheppard made his NHL debut with the Wild on Oct. 10, 2007 vs. Edmonton, and he recorded his first career NHL assist/point on Oct. 24, 2007 at Calgary.

Sheppard has reached the playoffs on three separate occasions in his NHL career. He has skated in 24 career NHL playoff games, recording two goals and five assists for seven points, along with a plus-one rating and 14 penalty minutes. In the 2014 playoffs, he tallied six points (two goals, four assists) and posted a plus-three rating in seven games with San Jose. Sheppard tied for the team lead in assists and plus/minus rating, and tied for second on the Sharks in goals and points.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was originally selected by Minnesota in the first round, ninth overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS: LINDBERG RETURNED TO HARTFORD

new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150RANGERS REASSIGN OSCAR LINDBERG TO HARTFORD

 BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 24, 2015 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has reassigned forward Oscar Lindberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Lindberg recorded two shots on goal and was credited with three hits while making his NHL debut tonight against the Calgary Flames. He became the first Ranger to wear No. 48 in a regular season game in franchise history.

The 23-year-old has registered 16 goals and 20 assists for 36 points, along with a plus-five rating and 50 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Wolf Pack this season.

CHAIMOVITCH: AHL REALIGNMENT ANNOUNCED (HOWLINGS TOLD YOU SO!)

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AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE APPROVES FORMATION OF PACIFIC DIVISION FOR 2015-16 SEASON 

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, American Hockey League

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews announced today that the league’s Board of Governors has formally and unanimously approved the steps necessary to create a Pacific Division within the AHL beginning with the 2015-16 season. Continue reading

GAVRIEL: STATISTICAL LOOK AT WHO RANGERS SHOULD TARGET ON D

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BY: Adam Gavriel, Special to Howlings

Last week Howlings looked into breaking down some possible forwards (HERE) the New York Rangers might consider targeting to acquire at the March 2nd trading deadline. Now, a look at who could be on the radar for the blueline.

Many believe another area the New York Rangers should target for improving is a 3LD. Matt Hunwick and John Moore have been underwhelming in that position, but the reality is that if they are going to get a trip down, “Hero’s Canyon” in late Spring, it’s a position that will need to be upgraded relatively cheaply given the lack of cap space and lack of trading depth.

As the deadline approaches, some names have emerged and are being bandied about as potential trade targets for the league. Some of those names include: Andrej Sekera (Carolina), Jake Gardiner (Toronto), Jeff Petry (Edmonton), and Marc Methot (Ottawa). Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK WINNING STREAK ENDS AT 6 after 3-2 HWP LOSS!

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The Hartford Wolf Pack came within inches of another late game heroic comeback, but ultimately fell short in a 3-2 loss in Syracuse to the Crunch on Saturday night. The loss, the first in regulation for the Pack in the last seven games in which they were 6-0-1, was the last for the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate before the league takes off for its All-Star Break.

The game winning goal came off the stick of that noted Wolf Pack thorn, Mike Angelidis. Continue reading