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TOSTI: RABBITS HOME SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR 17-18 SEASON

Home Schedule Announced for 2017-18 Season

A full reveal of the Swamp Rabbits regular season schedule at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

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, are pleased to announce the full home schedule for the 2017-18 regular season. Including the 2017 Home Opener on October 13th, the Swamp Rabbits will play a complete 36 game schedule on the Sandlapper Securities Rink.

Click here for the complete 2017-18 Swamp Rabbits home schedule.

The Swamp Rabbits will once again host the South Carolina Stingrays and Atlanta Gladiators more than any other opponent in the ECHL. The Stingrays and Gladiators will each appear at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena seven times, making up over a third of Greenville’s schedule in the Upstate. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS HOME OPENER ON FRIDAY THE 13th (OCTOBER)

The eighth season of Swamp Rabbits Hockey begins with the…

2017 Home Opener – Friday, October 13th

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, are pleased to announce that the 2017 Home Opener has been scheduled for Friday, October 13th.

The Swamp Rabbits will host the Wheeling Nailers to begin the 2017-18 regular season on the Sandlapper Securities Rink. When the puck drops, the Swamp Rabbits will begin the team’s eighth campaign in the Upstate, in pursuit of a second straight trip to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

More information on the 2017-18 regular season schedule will be announced in the coming weeks, including a full release of Greenville’s 36 home games at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Stay tuned to SwampRabbits.com for more information.

TOSTI: 2016-17 GREENVILLE SWAMP RABBITS SEASON IN REVIEW

2016-17 Greenville Swamp Rabbits Season

in Review

Complete season recap of record-breaking year in the Upstate

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, concluded the seventh season in franchise history earning a playoff berth for the first time since 2014. The Swamp Rabbits captured home ice advantage in the first round of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs by achieving 40 wins for the third time in franchise history and accumulating the third-highest point total since returning to Greenville.

REGULAR SEASON RECORDS
Overall: 40-26-5-1 | Home: 22-10-3-1 | Away: 18-6-2-0 Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE FUTURE OF THE XL CENTER IS DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE FUTURE OF THE XL CENTER IS DOWN TO THE HOME STRETCH

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It’s an off-season of apprehension and happiness at the XL Center.

The apprehension factor just got a bit higher last week.

A key legislative committee for the state legislature that approves large-scale capital development projects, The Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee, made a recommendation to approve just $70 million over the next two years ($40 million in 2018 and $30 million in 2019). The original request was for $125 million, or half of the total $250 million said to be needed to renovate the 42-year-old building.

This procedural vote still must go to the full General Assembly for approval. Currently, the state has no place in the budget and the current negotiations are, not surprisingly, acrimonious and have broken down. The budget gap over the last year, seems to always be a floating number, has dipped even further into the red for this year. The State Budget office estimates the deficit has escalated for 2018 to a projected $2.3 billion and $2.7 billion in 2019.

CRDA Executive Director Michael W. Freimuth, despite not getting the result he wanted, maintains his confidence that this is the fifth inning of a nine-inning game.

“This is one step in the budget process. It does have to go before the General Assembly to be voted on and accepted by the Governor. There are a million moving pieces to the budget process. It’s not finished. It’s pretty obvious we have major budget issues ongoing. As of today, things are very unclear and we’re nowhere near close to final budget numbers. When the session ends then will be able to assess where we are and how to go forward.”

If the figure stays as is, and is not modified in any way, for Freimuth, it will represent a small victory in a very long-term strategy that has been structured because of the state economics.

“We have always thought this to be a four-year project,” Freimuth said. “The first year would be planning, design, and cost analysis needs to be done. This level of funding could allow that to start. Clearly, next year is absolutely critical. It’s when we have to prepare and begin the true, heavy lifting. The construction part needs to begin, and yes, we have to have the funding in place. We also have the expiration of contracts with our two main tenants, MSG and UCONN. That adds pressure to the situation no question.”

Freimuth admitted the budget battle, as well as the questions and concerns from the state legislators regarding the project, have now given the CRDA a new element to add to the equation—private financing.

“Given the economic realities we have before us, we are going to be studying and looking at our options in (the private financing) area. We are going to see what the marketplace is for this, and how it could be incorporated as part of this project.”

The state budget shortfall for the current fiscal year has now ballooned to $389.5 million after the April tax deadlines. This reflects a sharp decline in revenue for state government whose current budget year ends June 30th. The current legislative session is to end in little over a month from now, on June 7th. Continue reading

RD 1: GAME THREE AT MSG SUNDAY NIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Sunday, Apr. 16, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 1-1
Canadiens: 1-1

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found HERE:

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 3 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 16, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The best-of-seven series is tied at one game apiece, following Montreal’s 4-3 win in overtime in Game 2 at Bell Centre.

RANGERS VS. CANADIENS – PLAYOFF HISTORY

The Rangers are facing the Canadiens in a playoff series for the 16th time in franchise history. New York has won eight of 15 all-time playoff series against Montreal. The Blueshirts have played more playoff series and have won more playoff series against Montreal than against any other NHL opponent in franchise history. The two teams are meeting in a playoff series for the first time since the Eastern Conference Final in 2014 when the Rangers defeated the Canadiens, four games to two. Continue reading

ARE YOU READY FOR RANGERS PLAYOFF HOCKEY

NEW YORK RANGERS at MONTREAL CANADIENS
Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Bell CentreMontreal, QC
Rangers: 48-28-6 (102 pts)*
Canadiens: 47-26-9 (103 pts)*

* Records are from the 2016-17 regular season

BY: The New York Rangers

The NY Rangers 2017 Playoff Guide can be found at the following link: HERE 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play Game 1 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens tomorrow, Apr. 12, at Bell Centre (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts concluded the 2016-17 regular season with a 48-28-6 record (102 points). Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

NEW YORK RANGERS ANNOUNCE 2016-’17 TEAM AWARD WINNERS

Ryan McDonagh named Team MVP for the Second time in his career;

Jesper Fast selected as recipient of Players’ Player Award for second consecutive season

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 9, 2017 – The New York Rangers announced their team award winners for the 2016-17 season today. Ryan McDonagh has been named the Rangers’ Most Valuable Player and Jesper Fast has been selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award.

McDonagh was selected as the team’s MVP for the second time in his career. The Rangers captain, who became the 10th defenseman in franchise history to receive the award when he was named the Rangers’ MVP in 2013-14, is now one of three Blueshirts defensemen who have been named the team’s MVP at least twice, along with Brian Leetch (six times) and Barry Beck (twice). The award was voted on by members of the New York Rangers media and has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1941-42 season.

McDonagh has skated in 76 games this season, registering five goals and 35 assists for 40 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He has established career-highs in assists and primary assists (21) in 2016-17. McDonagh posted a career-high, eight-game assist/point streak from Oct. 17 vs. San Jose to Nov. 1 vs. St. Louis, and his eight-game assist streak was the longest any NHL defenseman recorded this season. In addition, his eight-game point streak was tied for the longest any NHL defenseman registered this season. McDonagh also represented the Rangers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

Fast was selected as the recipient of the Players’ Player Award for the second consecutive season, becoming the 11th Ranger in franchise history to win the award in at least two consecutive seasons. Among the players who have won the award in back-to-back seasons are Jean Ratelle, John Davidson, Adam Graves, and Brian Leetch. The Players’ Player Award has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1958-59 season and recognizes the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”

The 25-year-old has registered six goals and 15 assists for 21 points, along with a plus-six rating and 16 penalty minutes in 68 games this season. Fast has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 53 of the 68 games he has played this season, including a plus-one rating or better in 20 contests. He ranks third among Rangers forwards in hits (99) and ranks fourth among team forwards in blocked shots (44) in 2016-17.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 3-9, 2017

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.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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

RANGERS WIN OVER CHEESESTEAKS ASSURES FIRST WILD-CARD SPOT

    Game Summary                             PHI: A. Stolarz (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                           Event Summary

–        POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least 100 points for the third consecutive season (2014-15 – 2016-17) and for the 10th time in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered 100 or more points in three consecutive seasons for the second time in franchise history (1970-71 – 1972-73). The Rangers are currently one of three NHL teams that have registered at least 100 points in every season since 2014-15 (along with Chicago and Washington).

–        GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts have tallied three or more goals in each of the last five games, in 10 of the last 13 games, and in 48 games this season. Continue reading

RANGERS COME UP SHORT DESPITE LATE COMEBACK

 Game Summary                                                                  PIT: M. Murray (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)  Event Summary                                                                                                                                                                   Shootout Summary

–        GOALS GALORE – The Rangers have tallied three or more goals in each of the last four games, in nine of the last 12 games, and in 47 games this season. New York ranks fourth in the NHL in games with three or more goals in 2016-17.

–        SPECIAL TEAMS – New York outscored Pittsburgh, 1-0, on special teams in the game. The Rangers have posted a 19-5-1 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams in 2016-17.

–        POWER SURGE – The Blueshirts were 1-for-2 (3:24) on the power play in the contest. The Rangers have recorded at least one power play goal in eight of the last 11 games, tallying 11 power play goals over the span (11-for-31; 35.5%).

–        KILL ZONE – New York was 3-for-3 (6:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Blueshirts have posted a 31-8-1 record in games which they have not allowed a power play goal against this season. Continue reading