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Greenville finishes exhibition play with a perfect 2-0-0 record

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Duluth, GA – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, outdueled the Atlanta Gladiators in their exhibition finale on Sunday to earn a 5-4 victory at the Duluth Ice Forum. Rookie defenseman Davis Vandane scored the game-winning goal with just 2:01 left in the third period, one of his three points on the night.

With the win, the Swamp Rabbits completed their two-game preseason slate with a perfect 2-0-0 record. Vandane (1g, 2a) and Nikita Kashirsky (1g, 1a) each recorded multiple points.


For the second consecutive game, Paul Rodrigues opened the scoring for Greenville with an early goal in the first period. From the right hash marks, Rodrigues collected the puck and sent a quick wrist shot past goaltender Kent Patterson just 94 seconds in.

The Swamp Rabbits made it 2-0 in the final minute of the opening frame when Kashirsky grabbed a feed from Vandane at the top of the point and funneled a shot through the defense and past Patterson. It was Kashirsky’s first of the preseason at the 19:05 mark.

Atlanta bounced back in the second period with a pair of goals from Nate Condon and Mitchell Dempsey. At the 10:37 mark, Condon pursued Kyle Gibbon’s pass in the left circle and fired a shot past the blocker of Braely Torris to cut the deficit to one. Seven minutes later, Garry Nunn and Thomas Frazee teamed up to draw Torris out of his crease, helping Dempsey notch his first goal of the preseason.

The pendulum continued to swing in the final minutes of the middle frame when Emerson Clark put the Swamp Rabbits back on top at the 18:49 mark. Vandane created the threat with a shot from the perimeter that Clark tipped past Patterson in the crease for a 3-2 advantage.

Elbowing penalties to Justin DaSilva early in the third period helped the Gladiators tie the game for a second time. At the 2:23 mark, the Swamp Rabbits’ defenseman was given a two-minute elbowing minor and 10-minute misconduct, in which Frazee capitalized at 4:10 from Derek Nesbitt and Joe Stejskal.

The game continued its back-and-forth trend less than two minutes later when Rob Kwiet produced an even-strength, unassisted goal at 5:39. However, Atlanta’s Max Everson made it 4-4 with a power-play strike at the 12:31 mark when he capitalized on a cross-checking minor against Clark.

The Swamp Rabbits took command for good at 17:59 of the third period when Kashirsky slipped a pass to Vandane at the top of the point, where the rookie defenseman threaded a shot past Patterson for the 5-4 final.

Sunday’s exhibition contest also included the only two tilts of Greenville’s preseason. Joey Holka and Drew Baker dropped the gloves at 14:10 of the first period, followed by a bout between Tayler Thompson and Kevin Albers at 6:35 of the second.

Torris earned the victory between the pipes with seven saves on 11 saves in 30:26 of playing time, while starting goaltender Allen York stopped all 15 saves he faced in 29:04. Patterson suffered the loss with 19 saves on 24 shots.

The Swamp Rabbits finished the game 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill. Atlanta outshot Greenville 26-24.

The Swamp Rabbits kick off the 2015-16 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 17 against the Orlando Solar Bears at the Amway Center. The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. and fans can stream all of the action through ECHL.TV. The season opener will also be covered live through the Swamp Rabbits Official Twitter page (@SwampRabbits).

Ticket plans for the inaugural season of the Swamp Rabbits’ era are available now and start as low as $81! Call an Account Executive today at 864-674-PUCK to secure your seats! The Swamp Rabbits open the home portion of the 2015-16 season on Friday, October 23 with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the South Carolina Stingrays. Opening Night tickets start at just $10 and the first 2,000 fans will receive a special edition Swamp Rabbits car magnet.


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Start 2015-16 Campaign Saturday Night at XL Center

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, October 9, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced the Wolf Pack’s player roster for the start of the 2015-16 AHL season:

The group of 22 players includes 12 forwards, eight defensemen and two goaltenders:

Goal (2):           Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm

Defense (8):      Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (12):   Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini

The Wolf Pack open their 19th season of AHL play at the XL Center tomorrow night, Saturday, October 10, hosting the St. John’s IceCaps in a 7:00 PM game.  Tickets for opening night, and all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.


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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 1-0-0 (2 pts)
Blackhawks: 0-1-0 (0 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


  • START ME UP – The Rangers have posted a 7-3-1 record in their last 11 regular season openers, dating back to the 2005-06 season. The Blueshirts have also earned a season-opening win on the road in at least two consecutive seasons for the first time since 1955-56 – 1957-58 (three straight).
  • TOP OF THE HEAP – The Rangers have posted the best record in the NHL since Jan. 1, 2014 (79-34-11 in 124 games; .681 points percentage over the span).

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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 53-22-7 (113 pts)*
Blackhawks: 48-28-6 (102 pts)*

*Records are from the 2014-15 regular season

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME The Rangers begin their 89th NHL season with an Original Six matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts open their regular season schedule on the road for the eighth consecutive season and for the 65th time in franchise history.


  • The Rangers are opening their regular season schedule on the road against Chicago for the 12th time in franchise history and for the first time since 1990-91. The Blueshirts’ 12 regular season openers on the road against the Blackhawks are tied for the most they have played against one opponent in franchise history (they have also played 12 on the road against Detroit).
  • Henrik Lundqvist is expected to make his 10th consecutive start in a season-opening game for the Rangers (dating back to 2006-07). By starting the regular season opener, Lundqvist would become the second goaltender in franchise history to start in at least 10 straight season-opening games (Ed Giacomin – 11; 1965-66 – 1975-76). In addition, Lundqvist would become the fourth Rangers goaltender to start in at least 10 regular season openers, joining Giacomin, Gump Worsley, and Mike Richter.
  • The Blueshirts posted an 18-5-5 record against Western Conference teams in 2014-15. In addition, New York posted a 12-2-0 record on the road against Western Conference opponents last season.

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gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, HOWLINGS

HARTFORD, CT – The New York Rangers made their final cuts and in the process rewarded two ex-Wolf Pack players along the way.

The Rangers assigned forward Jayson Megna and NHL veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz to Hartford. Those moves ensure that defenseman Dylan McIlrath and center Oscar Lindberg have made the opening night roster to start the 2015-16 season.

McIlrath, a 2010 first round pick, tenth overall, was a big part of the Wolf Pack’s successful run to the Eastern Conference Finals last spring with a strong physical presence.

Lindberg had 28 goals and 56 points in 75 games in the regular season and 16 points in 15 playoff games. Lindberg was originally drafted by the Arizona Coyotes and was obtained by the Blueshirts in a trade for Ethan Werek.

Ironically, Werek signed Friday with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) and will be in their camp next week.

Megna heads back to the AHL after playing most of last year with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. His stat sheet shows 26 goals in 63 games in the American League and twelve NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was was signed in the off-season to a one-year, one-way NHL deal at $600K. His younger brother Jaycob was assigned to the San Diego Gulls yesterday by the Anaheim Ducks.

The right-handed shooting Diaz has dual Swiss/Spain citizenship. He is a three-year NHL veteran who played eleven games with the Rangers in 2013-14 and broke into the league with the Montreal Canadiens. Diaz is on a one-way $700K deal.

Both players cleared waivers at noon on Saturday and were sent to Hartford.

Diaz, who has 201 NHL games, is expected to report despite rumors that he might return to play in his native Switzerland with HC Lugano in the NLA league. The NLA regular season just got underway.

Two years ago, Matt Lombardi was a last cut by the Rangers and was assigned to Hartford, but he never reported. Instead, Lombardi chose to play in Switzerland instead. Lombardi is presently playing for HC Geneva-Servette under for former New Haven Nighthawk, Chris McSorley, who has been the team’s long-time head coach.

Claims off the NHL waiver wire and trades are still a possibility. The Rangers have 49 NHL contracts with 50 being the max allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement and are very close to the top end of the salary cap. They would likely want to shave off a couple of contracts to create space in both concerns.

The Wolf Pack are in Allentown, PA Saturday night to play the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Jeff Malcolm will be starting in goal and they will conclude their abbreviated pre-season schedule at 3pm Sunday afternoon in Cromwell, CT at Champions Skating Center for a game with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Magnus Hellberg will get the start against the Pack’s intra-state rivals.


Defenseman Luke Curadi from Cheshire who played at ND-WH in high school and with the Junior Wolf Pack cut by the Wolf Pack Friday. Curadi is headed to Glen Falls, NY to report to the ECHL camp of the expansion Adirondack Thunder, the Calgary Flames Double AA affiliate.

Matt Harlow, son of former New Haven Nighthawk Scott Harlow, has signed with the Evansville IceMen (ECHL).

Goaltender Nick Niedart, who played with the Danbury Whalers in the FHL, will be in camp with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL).


mitch1BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

Several of the New York beat reporters are stating that former Hartford Wolf Pack, defenseman and former first round draft pick, Dylan McIlrath and centerman Oscar Lindberg have made the New York Rangers  roster to start the season.

According to the reporters Jayson Megna and Raphael Diaz have been put on waivers. Should they clear by noon tomorrow, it’s likely they will be reassigned to Hartford. Tanner Glass left the Rangers practice limping after line drills. It is still entirely possible that Glass could be waived as well. If he gets put on waivers, it’s HIGHLY unlikely, given Glass’ age and contract that anyone would pick him up and he’d play in Hartford.

Also bein reported, and it was pretty apparent based upon his play during the preseason, that defenseman Brady Skjei also made a tremendous impression on the Rangers brass. It’s a safe bet that at some point this season he will receive a call-up. NY Post columnist Larry Brooks compared Skjei’s first training camp to the one had by Ryan McDonagh. Last season Howlings stated several times the two defensemen played very similarly and predicted that Skjei would start the season in Hartford, as McDonagh did and that by mid-season, also like McDonagh, he would go up to New York and not be back.

Not to be pumping our own tires too much, but we also told you that Oscar Lindberg was ready to play in the NHL and that he would be an impact player in the Big Apple.

Congratulations to McIlrath and Lindberg.

It’s almost time to get this season underway!


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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Rangers: 4-1-1 (9 pts)
Bruins: 4-2-0 (8 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers


  • WINNING WAYS – The Rangers concluded the 2015-16 preseason with a 4-1-1 record. New York posted a three-game winning streak over its final three preseason games and earned a point in each of its final four preseason contests (3-0-1).
  • HOME COOKING – The Rangers have won 10 of the last 11 preseason games they have played at Madison Square Garden (10-1-0), dating back to Sept. 21, 2009. New York posted a 3-0-0 record at home during the preseason this year.
  • THREE’S COMPANY – The Blueshirts registered at least three goals in all six preseason games this year (22 goals; 3.67 goals per game). As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, New York ranks second in the NHL in goals for during the preseason. The Rangers notched three or more goals in all six preseason games in one season for the first time since 2010-11. In 2014-15, New York tallied three or more goals in 51 of 82 regular season games.
  • ON POINT – Rangers defensemen tallied four assists/points and notched at least one point on each of the Blueshirts’ three goals in tonight’s game. In six preseason contests, New York defensemen notched 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists), and they recorded at least one point on 17 of the team’s 22 goals during the preseason (77.3%). At least one Blueshirts defenseman posted a multi-point game in five of the team’s six preseason contests.
  • SHOOTING GALLERY – New York registered three goals on 27 shots on goal in the contest. The Rangers recorded 22 goals on 175 shots on goal in the preseason this year (12.6 shooting percentage).
  • TWO GOOD – The Blueshirts notched two goals in a period in nine of 18 regulation periods in the preseason this year. New York tallied two goals in at least one period of a game in each of its six preseason contests.
  • DEUCES WILD – Seven Rangers tied for the team lead with two goals during the 2015-16 preseason.
  • FINISHING THE JOB – In tonight’s contest, the Blueshirts earned a win in a game which they held a lead after two periods. Last season, New York posted a 36-0-1 record in regular season games in which it led after 40 minutes. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 139-1-6 record in 146 regular season games in which they have held a lead entering the third period. New York’s .952 winning percentage when leading after two periods over the span ranks first in the NHL.
  • HOT AT THE DOT – The Rangers were 27-for-53 (51%) on faceoffs in tonight’s contest. New York posted a faceoff win percentage of 50% or better in five of six preseason contests this year.


  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped 39 of 41 shots he faced in the contest, including 38 consecutive shots from 0:40 of the first period to 18:03 of the third period, and earned a win. The Rangers’ all-time wins and shutouts leader posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 2.25 GAA and a .933 SV% in three appearances during the preseason this year. Entering the 2015-16 season, Lundqvist is the only goaltender who has posted a .920 SV% or better in each of the last six seasons (since 2009-10). In addition, he is the only NHL goaltender who has posted a .910 SV% or better in every season since he entered the NHL in 2005-06.
  • Rick Nash registered the game-winning goal and led all skaters with eight shots on goal in 16:25 of ice time. Last season, Nash established a career-high with 42 goals, becoming the 19th Ranger in franchise history to register at least 40 goals in one season. Among players who have skated in at least 100 career regular season games with the Rangers, Nash ranks fifth in goals per game (0.47) entering the 2015-16 season, trailing only Mike Gartner (0.54), Walt Poddubny (0.51), Pierre Larouche (0.49), and Bill Cook (0.48).
  • Ryan McDonagh registered two primary assists, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating while skating in a game-high 21:56 of ice time. The Rangers captain tallied an assist/point in each of his last two preseason games (three assists). Since he made his NHL debut on Jan. 7, 2011, McDonagh leads the Rangers in plus/minus rating (plus-88), ranks second in assists (102), shorthanded assists (seven), and average ice time (23:35), is tied for second in shorthanded points (10), ranks third in games played (317), is tied for fourth in shorthanded goals (three), and ranks fifth in points (136).


  • J.T. Miller tallied a goal, recorded three shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:23 of ice time. Over the last 22 games of the 2014-15 regular season, Miller registered five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with a plus-three rating. He tied for the team lead in even strength goals (five) and game-winning goals (two), tied for second on the team in goals, and tied for fourth on the team in even strength points (10) over the span.
  • Viktor Stalberg recorded a goal, was credited with three hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 13:21 of ice time. Stalberg notched a point in three of five games he played during the preseason this year, and he tallied both of his goals at even strength. He was one of seven Rangers who tied for the team lead with two goals during the preseason this year. Entering the 2015-16 season, Stalberg has tallied all 62 of his career NHL goals at even strength. He is the only NHL player who has notched at least 60 goals and has recorded all of them at even strength since the start of his rookie season in 2009-10.
  • Oscar Lindberg notched an assist, led the Rangers in faceoff win percentage (67%; 8-for-12), tied for the game-high with two takeaways, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 15:55 of ice time. Lindberg, who received the 2015 Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp prior to the start of tonight’s contest, recorded a point in three of five games he played during the preseason this year. He won 22 of 33 faceoffs he took over the course of five preseason games this year (67%).
  • Raphael Diaz tallied an assist and led all skaters with 10 shot attempts in 21:20 of ice time. He recorded a point in three of four games he played in the preseason this year, and he notched three points (two goals, one assist) in his last two preseason games. Diaz tied for second on the Rangers in points (five) and tied for third in assists (three) in the preseason.
  • Kevin Klein registered an assist in 18:11 of ice time in the contest. Klein notched an assist/point in all three preseason games he played this year. He led the Rangers in assists (five) and tied for second in points (five) in the preseason.
  • Dan Girardi led all skaters with five blocked shots, was credited with four hits, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:38 of ice time. Last season, the Rangers alternate captain led the team in hits (224) and blocked shots (184). In addition, Girardi leads the Rangers in games played (651), blocked shots (1,330), and hits (1,523) since the start of the 2005-06 season.


Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach

On setting the roster…

“I won’t get into the specifics; we’re going to meet tomorrow as a group.  I think we’ve discussed in length here some of the decisions we have to make, so we’re going to sleep on it tonight, meet tomorrow and make those decisions after.”

On when roster decisions will be made…

“I couldn’t tell you exactly.  We’ve got until Monday before we submit our lineups, so I’m not exactly sure what Jeff’s (Gorton) going to want to do.”

On J.T. Miller’s progress this preseason…

“As everybody saw tonight in his game, there’s some moments where you see the skill set and you see the offensive potential, and there’s some other moments where on his own he’s got to learn to make the right play at the right time, high percentage play with the puck.  (He’s a) young player that is going through the process and will continue to improve.”

Oscar Lindberg, New York Rangers forward

On his performance in the preseason…

“I think it started out good with the first game here in the Garden and I thought I played well the whole preseason. I think I learned a lot. I felt good the whole preseason.”

On being more comfortable playing center…

“Yeah, but I thought playing wing was fine, too. Obviously center is something I’ve played for a long time so I think that’s more comfortable.”

On whether he thinks he’ll make the roster…

“It’s always small things that you want to change and do better, but I think big picture I think I played as good as good and as hard as I could, so we’ll see what happens now.”

On winning the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award…

“Obviously I was happy to hear that. I was honored and that’s proof that you’ve done something good during the preseason.”