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BY: The New York Rangers 

NEW YORK, July 25, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Mika Zibanejad on a five-year contract with an average annual value of $5.35 million.

          Zibanejad, 24, skated in 56 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 14 goals and 23 assists for 37 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 16 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including assists per game (0.41), points per game (0.66), and faceoff win percentage (52.0%; 494-for-950), and he tied his career-high in power play goals (four). Zibanejad registered at least one point in 28 of the 56 games he played during this past season, and the Rangers posted a 33-17-6 record when he was in the lineup in 2016-17. He ranked fifth on the Rangers in points per game and tied for sixth on the team in assists per game during the past season. Zibanejad recorded 15 points (five goals, ten assists) in 18 games against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2016-17. Zibanejad also registered nine points (three goals, six assists) in the final nine games of the regular season, as well as 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in his last 21 regular season contests.

          The 6-2, 215-pounder also skated in 12 games with the Rangers during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering two goals and seven assists for nine points, along with a plus-four rating. Zibanejad established playoff career-highs in several categories, including games played, goals, assists, points, and in plus/minus rating. He tied for the NHL lead in shorthanded assists (one), tied for second in the NHL in shorthanded points (one), and tied for third in the NHL in overtime goals (one) in the playoffs. He registered his first career overtime goal in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 5 of the First Round at Montreal on April 20, 2017.

          Zibanejad has skated in 337 career NHL games over parts of six seasons with the Rangers and Ottawa (2011-12 – 2016-17), registering 78 goals and 110 assists for 188 points, along with 80 penalty minutes. His points per game average has increased in every season over the course of his NHL career. Zibanejad established career-highs in games played (81), goals (21), assists (30), and points (51) during his final season with the Senators in 2015-16. He was also one of 11 NHL centers who logged at least 1,000 even strength minutes of ice time, 200 power play minutes of ice time, and 100 shorthanded minutes of ice time during the season. Zibanejad has skated in 28 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, tallying 17 points (four goals, 13 assists).

          The Huddinge, Sweden, native was originally selected by Ottawa in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 4 Part 2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – So much going on right now that one story wasn’t enough to cover it all.


Magnus Hellberg is getting as far away from Hartford as he possibly can. The now ex-Pack netminder signed a one-year contract with the Kunlun Red Star in Beijing, China for the KHL team that is entering its second season. Hopefully, Hellberg got his yuans up front. Below is a story from the AP on the financial problems of the KHL.

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kontinental Hockey League has cut a Russian team as it tries to fix worsening financial problems, including debts to league players of over $17 million.

KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that the league is removing the Metallurg Novokuznetsk team, which had a 14-46 record and small crowds this season, as it bids to become leaner and more commercially successful.

Croatian team Medvescak Zagreb said in March it would withdraw to join the Austrian-based EBEL league.

Chernyshenko says the KHL — widely considered the world’s strongest league outside the NHL — has been hit by “unprecedented” wage delays to players totaling over 1 billion rubles ($17.7 million).

Seven of the KHL’s 29 teams are “regularly” late with salaries and some players have been waiting over six months for payment.

“The KHL will not stand for this,” Chernyshenko said.

From 27 teams next season, the KHL will cut three more for the 2018-19 season, Chernyshenko said. A statistical rating system measuring teams’ on-ice ability, their finances and crowd appeal will be used to determine who quits the league.

The league also plans to lower the salary cap and close some loopholes which help big spenders. That could make the league more competitive and reduce the dominance of wealthy teams like CSKA Moscow and SKA St. Petersburg, which are funded by state-owned oil and gas companies.

SKA won its second KHL championship in three years last month after posting a 46-14 record in the regular season and then winning all but two of the 18 games it played across four rounds in the playoffs.

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Swamp Rabbits Add Brodie Dupont from AHL

Greenville bolsters playoff roster with the veteran skater from Bakersfield ahead of Friday night rubber match with Stingrays.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the addition of forward Brodie Dupont. The veteran skater was acquired at the ECHL” trade deadline from the Norfolk Admirals but has skated on loan with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors since February 23rd. Dupont collected 41 points (16G, 25A) in 40 games with Norfolk before his call up.

The Swamp Rabbits newest forward brings ten pro seasons and more than 500 games of professional hockey experience to Greenville. Dupont led the Admirals in scoring, averaging over a point per game at the time of his call-up. The Russell, MB native collected eight points (2G, 6A) in 21 AHL games with the Condors. The 6-foot-2 forward was named the Sher-wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week during the first week of January; unleashing eight points (3G, 5A) in three games. Continue reading


              Game Summary                                                         MTL: C. Price (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   Event Summary

        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – The Rangers have won six of the last eight playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.

        SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, seven of the 14 playoff series the Rangers have played in through the first four games were tied at two games apiece. In those series knotted at two games after four played, the Blueshirts posted a 4-2 series record at two games apiece over the span. Continue reading


CANTLON’S CORNER: Pack begin Final Three

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT –  The Hartford Wolf Pack began their final three games of the regular season in Albany Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss in their last visit to the Times Union Center. The parent New Jersey Devils are moving the team to Binghamton next fall.

Even with the season winding down, the level of expectation from head coach Ken Gernander has not diminished. “You watch people who are good athletes, whether it be football, basketball, baseball, a gold course or racquetball, they find a way to compete and that’s what our guys are being asked to do.”

Gernander will be giving each of their three goalies a final game for the 2016-17 season. Magnus Hellberg, who was returned from the New York Rangers on Tuesday and who is fresh off of earning his first NHL win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday will get a game. Brandon Halverson, who was part of the 3-2 loss to the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on Sunday and Chris Nell, who has recovered from his bout with the flu that ran through the team, will both get starts as well. Continue reading



Rangers’ sixth-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward, Gabriel Fontaine on an entry-level contract.

Fontaine, 19, skated in 59 regular season games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season, registering 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points, along with a plus-31 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He established QMJHL career-highs in several categories this season, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Fontaine ranked third on the Huskies in goals, ranked fourth in points, and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating. He established single-game QMJHL career-highs with three goals and four points on Mar. 12 vs. Val-d’Or.

The 6-1, 191-pounder has skated in eight playoff games thus far with the Huskies this year, registering five goals and four assists for nine points, along with a plus-four rating and four penalty minutes. Fontaine leads the QMJHL in game-winning goals (three) and overtime goals (two) in the playoffs this year. He has tallied a point in each of the last five games, including a goal in each of the last four contests.

Fontaine has played four seasons in the QMJHL with Sherbrooke and Rouyn-Noranda (2013-14 – 2016-17), and he has recorded 117 points (47 goals, 70 assists) in 194 games. In 2015-16, Fontaine recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 20 playoff games to help the Huskies win the QMJHL Championship and advance to the Memorial Cup.

The Montreal, Quebec, native was a sixth-round (171st overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers.  


Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 47-27-6 (100 pts)
Senators: 43-27-10 (96 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 


The Rangers play their 81st game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Apr. 8, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last ten games, eight of the previous 12 games, and 10 of the last 15 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-27-6 record this season. Continue reading


WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 3-9, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (23-41-4-2, 52 pts., .371) registered their first shutout of the season Friday night at the XL Center, with Magnus Hellberg making 20 saves in a 3-0 blanking of Hershey.  Hartford then fell in Albany Saturday, though, 4-3, despite Nicklas Jensen’s second straight goal-and-an-assist game, and dropped a 4-1 decision Sunday to the Bruins in Providence.


This week:

The Wolf Pack’s final two home games of the season are this Friday and Saturday nights.  The Springfield Thunderbirds come to town for a 7:15 PM game on Friday, and then it’s the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visiting on Saturday night at 7:00, for “Fan Appreciation Night”.  After that, the Wolf Pack start a season-ending stretch of four straight on the road with a Sunday-afternoon visit to Bridgeport (3:00). Continue reading



Wolf Pack End Losing Streak Hold Off Sound Tigers 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTIt wasn’t easy, but the Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late rally from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and won 4-3 and in the process ended their nine-game losing streak before an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd of 5,410 at the XL Center.

The game-winning goal restored a brief two-goal edge when Marek Hrivik sent a perfect backhanded cross-ice pass across the goal mouth to Michael Joly on the left wing. Joly got behind the check of Josh Holmstrom and beat goaltender Eamon MacAdam to the short side with his third of the season at 15:31.

Jenner did a great job getting an entrance on the play,” Joly, who tallied his first three-point AHL game, said. “We built some chemistry in the game and River made that pass I don’t know how. I was looking five-hole and was able to get it through.” Continue reading



Northeastern Power Play Propels Them Past UCONN 6-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BOSTON, MANortheastern University scored three powerplay goals late in the game to pull away from the UConn Huskies 6-2 on Saturday night. The loss eliminated UConn in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs dropping the Best-Of-Three series with Northeastern, two games to none.

UConn’s season ends with a 13-16-8 record. Northeastern advances on to the next round and saw their record improve on the year to 18-13-5.

In a one-goal game, a call midway through the third period on one of the smallest players on the ice, UConn senior, Evan Richardson, by the referee at center ice about the action in the corner located more than 100 feet away, was a bit perplexing.

“(The ref’s) a real pro. He wouldn’t make the call if he didn’t feel it was earned.” Huskies’ head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “(The hit that caused the call) was behind the play and I haven’t looked at it yet. It was a good game until we took a five-minute major.”   Continue reading