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CANTLON: WOLF PACK’S JENSEN HEADS TO KHL

Wolf Pack’s Jensen Heads to KHL

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The exodus has begun.

The Hartford Wolf Pack’s leading scorer, Nicklas Jensen, who registered 55 points and was the second highest goal-scorer in the AHL with 32 goals. Jensen was the Pack’s only representative to the AHL All-Star game and was the team’s MVP as voted on by the players. Jensen has made the decision to leave for greener pastures in the KHL according to a press release from Jokerit Helsinki.

Jensen, who wore number 13 in Hartford, and another ex-Pack (when they were the CT Whale) and New York Rangers draft pick, Tim Erixon, who’s still playing with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the AHL playoffs, have both signed with Salavat Yulaev Ufa in southwest Russia, near Kazakhstan. But that’s not all…Then both players were traded to the Finnish based KHL team Jokerit Helsinki for a fellow Dane Philip Larsen who played with Vancouver this year and his KHL rights which were held by Jokerit and financial compensation.

But that’s not all…

****UPDATE****

(Since Howlings first published this story, we have received clarification from Jokerit Helsinki. – “All we can say is that Jokerit has acquired Jensen’s rights and that no deal has been signed,” Ilro Keurulainen, the Media Communications Coordinator for the team told Howlings).

Right after being signed, both players were then traded to the Finnish-based KHL team, Jokerit Helsinki for Philip Larsen, a fellow Dane. Larsen played with the Vancouver Canucks this past season and his KHL rights were still held by Jokerit.

Jensen is a five-year AHL vet. Like many Europeans who come to the States, he waited to see where he was after five years. The decision becomes whether to pursue staying in North America or head back to Europe where there is usually better money, a different schedule and to be closer to home. Jensen was Vancouver’s first round pick in 2011 and was acquired by the Rangers along with a sixth-round draft pick and Emerson Etem on January 8th last year.

Helsinki is the capital of Finland. The team plays at the Hartwell Arena which seats over 13,000.

Jensen and Larsen will likely be teammates in for Denmark in Pool A of the 2017 IIHF World Championships to be held this year in Paris, France and Cologne, Germany in a couple of weeks.

These two signings boost the count to five AHL’ers who have signed to play in Europe next season. To date, that list includes, Reto Berra (Springfield to HC Fribourg-Gotteron Switzerland-LNA), Joel Vermin (Syracuse to HC Lausanne Switzerland-LNA) and Chad Billins (Utica to Linkopings HC Sweden-SHL).

RANGERS: ONE DOWN, FIFTEEN MORE TO GO

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NEW YORK RANGERS -2 vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS -1
Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Penguins: 0-1 
Rangers: 1-0

BY: The New York Rangers

TEAM NOTES:

  • HOME SWEET HOME – The Rangers have won 17 of their last 26 playoff games at Madison Square Garden, dating back to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. Ottawa on Apr. 26, 2012. The Rangers have earned at least one win at home in 16 consecutive playoff series, dating back to the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007.

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RANGERS CLIP WINGS IN OT

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NEW YORK RANGERS -4 vs. DETROIT RED WINGS -3 (OT)
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Red Wings: 6-3-4 (16 pts)
Rangers: 6-4-2 (14 pts)

Team notes:

  • The Rangers extended their point streak to a season-high four games (2-0-2), and have earned a point in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2). New York has also earned a point in six consecutive home games (4-0-2).

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MATT LOGUERCIO: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE JOHN

John Tortorella

By: Matt Loguercio

While analyzing the situation of the NY Rangers head coach, I keep hearing the Clash singing, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” Not a very promising start to my analysis, but a start nonetheless.

So where should I begin my dissection of his 2013 season, (for all you fans getting to the party late, games were only played in 2013). Let me start with his last name, Tortorella. The first part is the word, “Tort,” which in law is, “A civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another.”  Continue reading