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RANGERS SIGN MAT BODIE

Bodie MatRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH MAT BODIE

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 5, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Mat Bodie on a new contract.

Bodie, 26, skated in 76 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering seven goals and 29 assists for 36 points, along with a plus-five rating and 38 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, and points. Bodie, who served as Hartford’s captain during the final month of this past season, was one of two players – and was the only defenseman – who skated in every game with the Wolf Pack in 2015-16. He tied for the team lead in assists and ranked fourth in points during the past season. In addition, Bodie led Hartford defensemen in assists and points, ranked second among team defensemen in goals, and tied for third among team defensemen in plus/minus rating in 2015-16.

The 6-0, 175-pounder has skated in 151 career AHL games over two seasons, both with the Wolf Pack, registering 12 goals and 56 assists for 68 points, along with a plus-16 rating and 80 penalty minutes. Bodie has led Hartford defensemen in games played and assists in each of his two seasons with the team, and he has posted a plus-five rating or better in each season. In 2014-15, Bodie led AHL rookie defensemen in assists (27) and tied for first among AHL rookie defensemen in points (32).

The East St. Paul, Manitoba, native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on April 15, 2014.

FUEHRING: RABBITS SUBMIT QO’S TO SEVEN PLAYERS

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngSWAMP RABBITS SUBMIT QUALIFYING OFFERS TO SEVEN

Greenville protects ECHL rights to five forwards and two defensemen

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has submitted qualifying offers to seven players from its 2015-16 roster.

“There’s a great deal of leadership, skill and chemistry in this group of players to complement the ones we have already signed,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “Between this mix of guys and the players we already have, I think there’s a solid core for us to build a championship-winning team around.”

The Swamp Rabbits have submitted qualifying offers to the following players:

Justin DaSilva (D): DaSilva made 61 appearances with the Swamp Rabbits last season, finishing third on the team with 71 penalty minutes and tying for fifth among all ECHL rookies with seven fighting majors. The 26-year-old also notched 21 points (3g, 18a) and a +5 rating in his first full professional campaign. A native of Cambridge, Ontario, DaSilva played four seasons at Ohio State University prior to turning pro.

Sean Escobedo (D): The 25-year-old led all Swamp Rabbits defensemen with 21 assists in 62 contests last season. He added a goal and 44 penalty minutes and was second among team defensemen with 22 points. A native of Bayside, New York, Escobedo also played 13 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) between the Hartford Wolf Pack, Charlotte Checkers, and Manitoba Moose. He caught fire late in the season, collecting a goal and four assists in just 10 games with Manitoba.

Scott Fleming (F): Fleming, 27, was consistently Greenville’s most productive offensive player last season. He led the team with 71 appearances, 57 points, 36 assists and a +17 rating – all career highs. The Plainfield, Ontario native also finished the season tied for second on the club in goals (21) and added 28 penalty minutes. Fleming will enter his fourth pro campaign this October.

Kellen Jones (F): Greenville acquired Jones’ rights on Jun. 13 in a trade with the Missouri Mavericks to complete the Darian Dziurzynski deal from Mar. 3. The 25-year-old registered more than a point-per-game with the Mavericks last season, helping Missouri to the ECHL’s best regular-season record (52-15-5) and the 2016 Brabham Cup title. He notched 25 points (6g, 19a) and a +9 rating in 23 regular-season games and also made 33 appearances in the AHL with the Bakersfield Condors and Utica Comets. A native of Montrose, British Columbia, Jones was initially drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the seventh round (202nd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Kevin King (F): King, 26, signed with Greenville on Mar. 8 shortly after completing a five-year career at the University of Calgary. He gathered one assist in nine appearances with the Swamp Rabbits and also spent three games with the AHL’s Texas Stars. A Calgary native, King recorded 24 points (7g, 17a), 34 penalty minutes and a +7 rating in 28 games during his final college season in 2015-16.

Ryan Rashid (F): Rashid made 68 appearances with the Swamp Rabbits last season, second-most on the team, and ranked fifth in scoring with 38 points (13g, 25a). The 26-year-old added 53 penalty minutes and also played two games with the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. A native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Rashid will enter his third professional season this October.

Vinny Saponari (F): Saponari, 26, spent the entire 2014-15 campaign with Greenville, but only played 40 games with the club last season. He was signed on Nov. 19 and produced 17 points (6g, 11a) and 12 penalty minutes during several AHL stints. The Powder Springs, Georgia native recorded seven points (1g, 6a) and six penalty minutes in 18 appearances with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, Milwaukee Admirals, and 2016 Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters. Saponari was initially drafted in the fourth round (94th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Per ECHL guidelines, each team is entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight (8) qualified players. Of those eight, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular-season professional games played as of the start of the 2016-17 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

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Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

RANGERS: GERBE BRINGS SPEED AND PK TO NEW YORK

rp_new-york-r.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD NATHAN GERBE

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free-agent forward Nathan Gerbe.

Gerbe, 28, has skated in 394 career NHL games over parts of eight seasons (2008-09 – 2015-16) with Buffalo and Carolina, registering 58 goals and 80 assists for 138 points, along with 172 penalty minutes. He has recorded 10 or more goals in a season three times in his career, and he notched a career-high 16 goals in 2010-11 with the Sabres and 2013-14 with the Hurricanes. In addition, Gerbe has been on the ice for only 20 power play goals against while logging 247:03 of shorthanded ice time throughout his career. He has skated in nine career NHL playoff contests, registering four points (three goals, one assist).

The 5-5, 178-pounder skated in 47 games with Carolina this past season, registering three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 14 penalty minutes. He was on the ice for only four power play goals against while logging 48:59 of ice time while shorthanded in 2015-16. The Hurricanes earned a point in five of the seven contests which Gerbe tallied a point during the past season (4-2-1 record).

Gerbe has also skated in 101 career American Hockey League (AHL) games over parts of two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10), registering 41 goals and 53 assists for 94 points, along with 109 penalty minutes. He received the Dudley “Red” Garrett Memorial Award as AHL Rookie of the Year in 2008-09, as he tallied 56 points (30 goals, 26 assists) in 57 games with the Portland Pirates.

Prior to beginning his professional career, Gerbe played three seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College (2005-06 – 2007-08), registering 133 points (71 goals, 62 assists) in 123 games. In his final season at Boston College, Gerbe helped the Eagles win the National Championship, was named Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four, led the NCAA in goals (35) and points (68), and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey.

Internationally, the Oxford, Michigan, native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Gerbe helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as a gold medal at the 2005 IIHF U18 World Championship and a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF U18 World Championship.

Gerbe was selected by the Sabres in the fifth round, 142nd overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

RANGERS: DEFENSEMAN ADAM CLENDENING COMES TO NEW YORK

rp_new-york-r_thumb.gifRANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN ADAM CLENDENING

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, July 1, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Adam Clendening.

Clendening, 23, skated in 29 NHL games with Pittsburgh and Edmonton this past season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with a plus-six rating and 20 penalty minutes. In 20 games with the Oilers in 2015-16, he recorded six points (one goal, five assists) and posted a plus-three rating. Clendening established single-game career-highs with two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-four rating on March 24, 2016, at San Jose. He also skated in six games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2015-16, tallying three assists and posting a plus-four rating.

The 6-0, 190-pounder has skated in 50 career NHL games over parts of two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16) with Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, and Edmonton, registering two goals and nine assists for 11 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 30 penalty minutes. Clendening has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 37 of his 50 career NHL games. He registered his first career NHL goal/point and posted a plus-two rating while making his NHL debut as a member of the Blackhawks on November 20, 2014, at Calgary.

Clendening has skated in 202 career AHL games over parts of four seasons (2012-13 – 2015-16), registering 23 goals and 103 assists for 126 points, along with a plus-27 rating and 179 penalty minutes. He was selected to the AHL First All-Star Team in 2013-14, as he established AHL career-highs in games played (74), goals (12), assists (47), and points (59) with the Rockford IceHogs. Clendening was selected to the AHL Second All-Star Team and played in the AHL All-Star Game during his first professional season in 2012-13, as he led AHL defensemen in assists (37) and ranked third among AHL defensemen in points (46). He became the first AHL defenseman to make a postseason All-Star Team in each of his first two pro seasons since 2000. Also, Clendening registered eight points (three goals, five assists) and posted a plus-seven rating in 23 games during the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs while helping Utica advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

Before beginning his professional career, Clendening played two seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston University (2010-11 and 2011-12), registering 59 points (nine goals, 50 assists) in 77 games. He was named a Hockey East First Team All-Star in 2011-12 and was selected to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team in 2010-11.

Internationally, the Niagara Falls, New York, native has represented the United States in several tournaments. Clendening registered five points (one goal, four assists) and posted a plus-two rating in six games while representing the United States at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Also, he helped the United States earn a gold medal at the IIHF U18 World Championship in both 2009 and 2010. He was selected to the tournament All-Star Team during the 2010 IIHF U18 World Championship, as he led defensemen in the tournament in points (10) and tied for first among defensemen in the tournament in goals (three) and assists (seven).

Clendening was selected by Chicago in the second round, 36th overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

FUEHRING: TOMMY THOMPSON RETURNS TO GREENVILLE IN 2016-17

New-Player-TTTOMMY THOMPSON RETURNS TO GREENVILLE IN 2016-17

Speedy forward made impact in just 8gms with the Swamp Rabbits last season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced rookie forward Tommy Thompson has agreed to terms with the team for the 2016-17 season.

“We were very impressed with Tommy at the end of last season,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He has great speed, competes hard and brought a good offensive skill set to our lineup. I’m excited to have him back.”

Thompson, 25, began his professional career with Greenville near the end of last season following a four-year career at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He debuted on Mar. 25 at Florida and went on to record two goals and two penalty minutes in eight contests, including his first professional tally on Apr. 2.

“It was an easy decision to return to Greenville for my first full season as a pro,” Thompson said. “Coach Gratz gave me a great opportunity last spring, and I’m looking forward to getting back in the locker room with the guys this October. I was also impressed with the city and overwhelmed by the fan support I received in such a short amount of time last April.”

A native of Londonderry, New Hampshire, Thompson collected 57 points (26g, 31a) and 100 penalty minutes in 141 career games at St. Lawrence. He ranked third on the team in scoring as a junior with a career-best 23 points (9g, 14a) and finished fifth on the club in scoring as a senior while also serving as an alternate captain.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear at the “Hop Shop” team store or visit the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS INK FORWARD TREVOR GERLING

New-Player-TGSWAMP RABBITS INK FORWARD TREVOR GERLING

Second-year pro led Edinburgh Capitals in goals, assists and points last season

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the club has signed forward Trevor Gerling for the 2016-17 season.

Gerling, 25, spent all of the last season, with the Edinburgh Capitals of the Elite Hockey League in Edinburgh, Scotland and established himself as a strong scoring threat. He led the team in goals (27), assists (34) and points (61) and also collected 42 penalty minutes in 59 games.

“Trevor is a high energy player that brings excellent effort at both ends of the ice,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He has a strong skill set that will bring a good offensive presence to the team.”

A native of Seattle, Washington, Gerling turned pro with Elmira near the end of the 2014-15 campaign, recording six points (1g, 5a) and four penalty minutes in nine contests. Previously, the 6’0, 200-pounder played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Connecticut from 2011-15. He notched 64 points (33g, 31a) and 58 penalty minutes in 124 games, including 11 goals and 18 points during his senior season – both second-highest totals on the club.

“I couldn’t be happier to sign with Greenville and have the opportunity to play for such a top-notch organization,” Gerling said. “I’ve heard great things about the city, arena and most importantly, the fans. I’ve also spoken to Coach Gratz several times and I feel comfortable with the direction the club is headed.”

Prior to his college career, Gerling played three seasons in the junior ranks with the Langley Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). He served as team captain during the 2010-11 campaign and was honored by the Chiefs as both the club’s Co-MVP and the Community Player of the Year that season.

Get Social: Follow the Swamp Rabbits all off-season long and get behind-the-scenes coverage like never before on the team’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Ticket packages for the 2016-17 season are available and on sale now! Contact a Swamp Rabbits Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK (7825) for more information and to secure your seats today! Get the latest Swamp Rabbits gear by visiting the “Hop Shop” online at SwampRabbits.com/shop to browse the full collection of fan wear and novelties!

ARRAL: NWHL NEWS – CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

Craig MuniNWHL NEWS: CRAIG MUNI NAMED CO-COACH OF BUFFALO BEAUTS

NHL Veteran Played for Buffalo Sabres From 1993-96

BY: Savanna Arral, NWHL

Buffalo, NYCraig Muni, retired three-time NHL Stanley Cup champion, has been named Co-Coach of the Buffalo Beauts for the 2016-17 season, General Manager Ric Seiling announced Saturday.

“Craig and I have coached together before when our sons played together,” said Seiling. “We have history and his wealth of knowledge from his playing career is something that will be invaluable to the Beauts this season.”

Muni played 819 games in the NHL over the course of his career, mainly with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Buffalo Sabres. He won three Stanley Cups in 1987, 1988, and 1990, and retired from hockey in 1998. Muni is an active member of the Toronto and Buffalo NHL alumni groups and previously coached softball with the New Era Diamond Girls.

“I’m hoping to be able to work with the newer, younger players and help them with their development so they have a chance to aspire and achieve their goals, whatever they might be,” said Muni. “Whether those are Olympic teams, national teams, or something else, to be able to see those dreams to the end would be great.”

General Manager Ric Seiling will also hold the title of Co-Coach of the Beauts for the 2016-17 season.

About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season began October 11, 2015, with the Founding Four: Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters. The Boston Pride became the first team in NWHL history to raise the Isobel Cup on March 12, 2016.