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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack will get a solid test of the resurgence in their play tonight as they play host to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins now sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and fourth overall in the conference with a record of 15-7-1-0. The Baby Penguins also have a two-game winning streak.

“They are a very good team,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “They have a lot of balance. They sit where they are in the standings for a reason. For us, it’s about playing the right way as we have of late, and play with consistency and make sure we’re also collecting points along the way with getting eight-out-of-a possible-ten points in our last five games. That helps us along with learning and growing (as a team) and helps impact our play.”

McCambridge gave his players a maintenance day off on Thursday.

The Wolf Pack record stands at 10-12-3-2 (25 points) putting them in seventh place, just two points behind the Hershey Bears and one point behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Continue reading



26-year-old assigned to Hartford (AHL)

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 6, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has signed free agent goaltender Marek Mazanec and has assigned Mazanec to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Mazanec, 26, has appeared in 31 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2013-14 – 2014-15; 2016-17), all with Nashville, posting an 8-13-4 record, along with a 2.98 GAA, a .895 SV%, and two shutouts. He made 25 of his 31 appearances with the Predators during his rookie season in 2013-14. Mazanec was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for November of 2013, as he posted a 5-4-1 record, along with a 2.00 GAA, a .932 SV%, and two shutouts in 10 appearances during the month. He stopped 22 of 24 shots he faced while making his NHL debut on Nov. 8, 2013, at Winnipeg, and he stopped 39 of 41 shots he faced to earn his first career NHL win on Nov. 16, 2013, vs. Chicago.

The 6-4, 187-pounder appeared in 23 games with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, posting a 3.40 GAA and a .899 SV%. Mazanec made at least 30 saves in 13 of his 23 KHL appearances. He made his KHL debut on Aug. 23, 2017, against SKA, and he stopped 29 of 31 shots he faced to earn his first career KHL win on Aug. 30, 2017, against Dinamo Minsk.

In addition to his NHL experience, Mazanec has appeared in 165 games in the American Hockey League (AHL) over parts of four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17), posting an 82-60-17 record, along with a 2.59 GAA, a .909 SV%, and 11 shutouts. He appeared in a playoff game in three of his four AHL seasons, and he also posted a .912 SV% or better in three of the four seasons.

The Pisek, Czech Republic, native was originally selected by Nashville in the sixth round, 179th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.


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…


(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).



BY: The New York Rangers

Three Stars of the weekIgor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin made his KHL season debut during the past week with SKA St. Petersburg. In two appearances with SKA, the Rangers fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft posted a 2-0-0 record, along with a 0.98 GAA, a .968 SV%, and 1 SO. Shesterkin was selected as one of the KHL Players of the Week for the past week.

Shesterkin made 30 saves in his first KHL game of the season on Nov. 30 against HC Sochi and helped SKA earn a 3-2 win in overtime. He stopped all 31 shots he faced to earn the win/shutout on Dec. 2 against Spartak. Shesterkin concluded the week with a 96:39 shutout streak from 5:28 of the second period against HC Sochi through the conclusion of the game against Spartak. Continue reading


Forward to see action with Charlotte Checkers

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has assigned forward Jiri Tlusty (YIH-ree T’LOO-stee) to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) for a conditioning stint.

Tlusty, 22, underwent surgery in late April after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) during the 2010 AHL playoffs. The Slany, Czech Republic, native played in one of Carolina’s five 2010 North American preseason games during training camp, as well as the team’s 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge game against SKA St. Petersburg in Russia. Tlusty (6’0”, 209 lbs.) can spend as long as two weeks with the Checkers on his conditioning stint before rejoining the Hurricanes.

The Carolina Hurricanes embark on a five-game road trip beginning with Thursday’s game at Scotiabank Place against the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., FOX Sports Carolinas HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). Following games at Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix, the Hurricanes will return to Raleigh to host the Washington Capitals on Oct. 27, at the RBC Center in Carolina’s North American home opener. For information on 2010-11 Carolina Hurricanes ticket packages, please visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com, or call 1-866-NHL-CANES.