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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 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

RANGERS TO CHALLENGE SLASHER CROSBY AND THE PENS AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Friday, Mar. 31, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 46-26-5 (97 pts)
Penguins: 46-19-11 (103 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 78th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Mar. 31, against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG 2; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in five of the last seven games, six of the last nine games, and eight of the last 12 contests. The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 27 games (15-8-4), as well as 18 of their last 32 contests (18-10-4). The Rangers have posted a 46-26-5 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS HAVE A DEVIL OF A TIME IN NEW JERSEY


Game Summary                                              NYR: A. Raanta (OT)     NJD: C. Schneider (W)
Event Summary

–        THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT – Three Rangers rookies (Brady Skjei, Jimmy Vesey, and Pavel Buchnevich) have tallied at least 20 points this season. Prior to this season, the last time the Rangers had three rookies who registered 20 or more points in the same season was 1999-00 (Mike York, Jan Hlavac, and Kim Johnsson).

–        POINT TAKEN – New York has earned at least one point in each of its last three games, in four of its last five contests, and in six of its last eight games.

–        ROAD WARRIORS – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 27 of 36 road games this season (26-9-1 record). Continue reading

RANGERS STRUGGLING AT HOME…LOSE ANOTHER THEY SHOULD HAVE WON

  Game Summary                                                   TBL: P. Budaj (W)   NYR: A. Raanta (L)   Event Summary

        ON POINT – Rangers defensemen have tallied 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) over the last 16 games and a Rangers defenseman has recorded a goal in nine of the 16 contests. Seven different defensemen have recorded a goal over the span (Klein, Girardi, Holden, McDonagh, Clendening, Skjei, and Kampfer). A Blueshirts defenseman has notched a point on 16 of the team’s last 25 goals.

        SHUTTING THE DOOR – The Rangers allowed a single-game season-low 16 shots on goal. Prior to tonight’s contest, the last time the Blueshirts held an opponent to 16 or fewer shots on goal in one game was Dec. 14, 2014, at Edmonton. Continue reading

RANGERS WIN A THRILLER IN TAMPA BAY

    Game Summary                                 NYR: A. Raanta (W)  TBL: A. Vasilevskiy (L)           Event Summary

–        ZERO HOUR – Tonight’s game was the third contest this season in which the Rangers and their opponent did not tally a goal in regulation (Dec. 9, 2016, at Chicago – 1-0 win in overtime; Jan. 22, 2017 at Detroit – 1-0 win in overtime).

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 42 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 66 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have registered at least 42 wins in their first 66 games of a season seven times in franchise history, and the only season in which the Rangers earned more than 42 wins through the first 66 games was 1971-72 (44). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL – and rank second in the Eastern Conference – in wins this season. The Blueshirts have won 11 of their last 16 games (11-4-1 record over the span), as well as 14 of their last 21 contests (14-6-1 record over the span). The Rangers lead the NHL in wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (186), and the Rangers’ 186 wins are the most in any four-season span in franchise history. Continue reading

RANGERS FLATTEN HOT CAPS AT GARDEN

   Game Summary                             WSH: P. Grubauer (L)   NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 38 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the most the team has earned through the first 58 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 38 wins through the first 58 games of a season four times in franchise history (1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17). As of the conclusion of today’s game, the Rangers rank third in the NHL in wins this season and are the only NHL team that has earned at least 19 wins both at home and on the road in 2016-17. New York has won seven of its last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of its last 13 games (10-3-0). Continue reading

IT’S THE BATTLE OF BLUE, SHIRTS VERSUS JACKETS IN COLUMBUS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 36-18-1 (73 pts)
Blue Jackets: 35-14-5 (75 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 56th game of the 2016-17 season tonight, Feb. 13, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Nationwide Arena (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts enter the contest on a five-game winning streak, which is tied for their longest winning streak this season. In addition, New York has won eight of its last 10 contests (8-2-0). The Rangers have posted a 36-18-1 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS WIN BIG ONE OVER FLAMES AT MSG

  Game Summary                              CGY: B. Elliott (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)                 Event Summary

–        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 33 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the fourth-most the team has earned through the first 52 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 33 wins through the first 52 games of a season five times in franchise history (1972-73, 1991-92, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only seasons in which the team earned more than 33 wins through the first 52 games were 1972-73 (35), 1993-94 (34), and 2011-12 (34). Continue reading