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RANGERS RECALL MATT BELESKEY AND STEVEN FOGARTY FROM HARTFORD

RANGERS RECALL MATT BELESKEY AND STEVEN FOGARTY FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 6, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled forwards Matt Beleskey and Steven Fogarty from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Beleskey has skated in 35 AHL games this season with the Providence Bruins and Wolf Pack, registering five goals and seven assists for 12 points, along with 26 penalty minutes. He has tallied six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 games with Hartford after he was acquired by the Rangers. In addition, Beleskey has skated in 14 NHL games with the Bruins in 2017-18.

The 6-0, 203-pounder has skated in 472 career NHL games over parts of 10 seasons (2008-09 – 2017-18) with Anaheim and Boston, registering 75 goals and 82 assists for 157 points, along with 433 penalty minutes. He established a career-high with 22 goals during the 2014-15 season with the Ducks, and he established career-highs in assists (22) and points (37) with Boston in 2015-16.

The Windsor, Ontario, native was acquired by the Rangers, along with a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, Ryan Lindgren, Ryan Spooner, and a seventh-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, from Boston in exchange for Rick Nash on Feb. 25, 2018. Beleskey was originally selected by Anaheim in the fourth round, 112th overall, of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Fogarty, 24, has skated in 60 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He has established AHL career-highs in several categories in 2017-18, including goals, shorthanded goals (two), game-winning goals (two), and shots on goal (84). Fogarty leads Hartford in shorthanded goals this season. He posted his first career multi-goal game in the AHL by tallying two goals on Oct. 29 at Hershey. In addition, he recorded a point in eight games over a span of 12 games in which he played from Nov. 24 at Bridgeport to Jan. 5 at Providence (three goals, seven assists during the stretch).

The 6-3, 209-pounder has skated in 129 career AHL games over parts of three seasons (2015-16 – 2017-18), all with the Wolf Pack, registering 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points, along with 41 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in assists (13) and points (20) as a rookie in the AHL in 2016-17. Prior to beginning his professional career, Fogarty played four seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Notre Dame (2012-13 – 2015-16), and he served as the team’s captain in each of his final two seasons. He helped the University of Notre Dame win the CCHA Championship in 2012-13.

The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 72nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Belesky photo: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Fogarty photo: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

MORIN: PENS TOP PACK IN OT

MORIN: PENS TOP PACK IN OT

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (OT)

BY: Matt Morin, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 30, 2018Daniel Sprong’s goal with 39.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 4-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton had battled back from a 3-1 deficit in the game after the Wolf Pack got goals in the second period from Gabriel Fontaine, Dawson Leedahl, and Scott Kosmachuk.

Christian Thomas had two goals and an assist for the Penguins, and Zach Trotman scored the other Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goal. Continue reading

RANGERS RECALL LIAS ANDERSSON AND FILIP CHYTIL FROM HARTFORD

RANGERS RECALL LIAS ANDERSSON AND FILIP CHYTIL FROM HARTFORD

NEW YORK, March 25, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Andersson, 19, has skated in 24 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with a plus-one rating and eight penalty minutes. Among AHL players younger than 20 years old, Andersson ranks third (min. five games played) in points per game this season (0.58). He tallied his first career AHL assist/point, which was an assist on the game-winning goal in overtime, and posted a plus-one rating while making his AHL debut on Jan. 24 at Utica. In addition, Andersson registered three points (one goal, two assists), including his first career AHL goal, on Feb. 7 vs. Bridgeport. Andersson has also registered 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in his last 18 AHL contests. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ADD TWO TO ROSTER

CRAWfORD: WOLF PACK ADD TWO TO ROSTER

Defenseman Brenden Kotyk Recalled from Greenville, Goaltender  Signed to PTO

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack  

HARTFORD, March 8, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has recalled defenseman Brenden Kotyk from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and has signed goaltender Jeff Jakaitis to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Kotyk, a 6-6, 240-pound rookie out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, has skated in 51 games with Greenville this season and has scored seven goals and added ten assists for 17 points while serving 41 minutes in penalties.  The 26-year-old Regina, Saskatchewan native is second among Swamp Rabbit defensemen in goals and is tied for fifth on the team in penalty minutes.

Last season, Kotyk helped lead UMD to an NCHC championship, and all the way to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game, in which they fell 3-2 to Denver University.  In 41 games, Kotyk notched three goals and ten assists for 13 points and had 57 penalty minutes.  He also was a +20 on the year.  In three seasons with the Bulldogs, Kotyk suited up for 97 career games, totaling seven goals and 16 assists for 23 points, along with 85 PIM and a +25.  Prior to transferring to UMD, he played one season with Division III St. Scholastica College.

Kotyk, 26, signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack June 8, 2017.

Jakaitis, an 11th-year pro out of Lake Superior State University, has played 23 games this year for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays and has compiled a 15-6-2 record with a 2.17 goals-against average, which is fifth-best in the league, a 92.0% save percentage and two shutouts.

The 34-year-old Rochester, MN native spent the previous two seasons with Lorenskog in Norway, where he posted a 1.98 goals-against average and a 92.0% save percentage in 45 games in 2016-17.  Those numbers placed him second in the league in GAA and fourth in save percentage.

Jakaitis, 5-10, and 165 pounds has seen action in 11 AHL games during his career, with the Portland Pirates, Worcester Sharks, and Providence Bruins, going 5-4-1 with a 3.43 goals-against average and an 89.6% save percentage.  In the ECHL, he has logged 226 total games, with the Columbia Inferno, Charlotte Checkers, Gwinnett Gladiators and the Stingrays.  Jakaitis’ career ECHL stats include a record of 125-67-26, a 2.36 GAA, a 92.1% save percentage and 25 shutouts, and he has been named the league’s Goaltender of the Year three times, in 2011-12 with Gwinnett, and 2013-14 and 2014-15 with South Carolina.  Jakaitis also earned ECHL MVP honors in 2014-15, after going 26-8-2, with a 1.96 GAA, a 92.4% save percentage and seven shutouts, and helping to lead the Stingrays to the ECHL finals.

Prior to turning pro, Jakaitis spent three seasons at Lake Superior State, amassing a 35-48-14 mark in 100 career games, with a 2.44 goals-against average, a 92.3% save percentage and seven shutouts.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is a back-to-back set in Charlotte against the Checkers, starting with a 7:15 PM faceoff at Bojangles’ Coliseum on Friday.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and online at newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at ahllive.com.

The next Wolf Pack home game is next Friday, March 16th, a 7:15 PM contest vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s.

Tickets for all 2017-18 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, online at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL campaign can be found online at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

THE REBUILD ON THE ICE BEGINS IN VANCOUVER

NEW YORK RANGERS at VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 10:00 p.m. ET
Rogers ArenaVancouver, BC
Rangers: 27-30-6 (60 pts)
Canucks: 24-32-7 (55 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 64th game of the 2017-18 season and begin a three-game road trip tomorrow, Feb. 28, against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena (10:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Beginning with tomorrow’s contest, the Blueshirts play three consecutive games against Pacific Division opponents. In addition, tomorrow’s game is the beginning of a stretch in which the Rangers will play five of their next six games on the road. Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: XL CENTER LOOKS TO BE SOLD 

CANLTON’S CORNER: XL Ctr Looks to Be Sold

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT It’s expected that the next two weeks would likely determine the future direction of the state’s two major multi-purpose hockey arenas, the XL Center in Hartford, and the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

Of the two locations, one shoe dropped giving direction on the future Wednesday night in Bridgeport.

Nationally renowned concert promotion agency, Live Nation, working with local developer, Howard Saffan, the one-time former president of the Sound Tigers, won the bidding process to convert the baseball stadium into a three-season, 5.500 seat, outdoor concert amphitheatre in the fashion of the Meadows/Xfinity facility in Hartford, to open in May 2019.

The awarding of the deal to Saffan/Live Nation was ratified by the Bridgeport City Contracts Committee Council on Wednesday night.   Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS AND EAGLES SQUARE OFF FOR ROUND 2

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits and Eagles Square Off for Round 2

After tight Wednesday night battle, Greenville retakes the ice tonight in Colorado for rematch

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Fri, Nov. 24 9:05 p.m. (ET) at Colorado Eagles ListenWatchTwitter

RABBIT TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-5-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and the Colorado Eagles (10-4-2-0) will skate again tonight at the Budweiser Events Center, playing the second of three games this week. After dropping the last three contests, Greenville will be in pursuit of a victory when the puck drops at 7:05 p.m. MT (9:05 p.m. ET). Colorado has been on a roll of late, earning points in the Mountain Division standings for the last five games (3-0-2-0). Michael Joly leads the Eagles offense with 19 points (13G, 6A) in 16 games, while Greenville’s frontman is Caleb Herbert with a league-leading 26 points (10G, 16A) in 16 games.

REACHING SWEET 16
In addition to Caleb Herbert’s league-leading numbers, he also leads the league with a 16-game point streak. The fourth-year pro has earned at least one point in every game this season, setting the franchise record and tying the ECHL high from the 2016-17 season. The last player to eclipse the 16-game streak was Chad Costello, who tallied points in 19 consecutive games at the end of the 2015-16 season.

FINDING HIS STRIDE
Rookie forward Dawson Leedahl has recorded a goal in each of the last four games and is tied for fourth among first-year skaters with 16 points (7G, 9A). Leedahl’s goal streak is the longest of the season for the Swamp Rabbits. Only Allen’s Vincent Arseneau has a longer active goal streak in the league. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native is tied for third on the Swamp Rabbits active roster in point production, leading the club’s rookie skaters.

MONTH OF THANKS
Greenville has earned a 7-2-1-0 record in the month of November, earning 15 points in the South Division standings. Through ten games in the month, the club has produced the third best November record in franchise history. The Swamp Rabbits have three games remaining in November and six more points available. If the team wins out, it would top the 10-4-0-0 record produced in November 2010 as the best in franchise history.

GONE FOR NOW
The Colorado Avalanche reassigned rookie forward J.C. Beaudin on Thursday morning from the Eagles to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. Beaudin was selected by the Avalanche in the third round of the 2015 NHL draft and began his first pro campaign with the Eagles. In 16 ECHL games, the Longueuil, Quebec native ranked second on the Colorado roster with 16 points (6G, 10A). The 6-foot-1 forward compiled over a point per game in the QMJHL with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, earning 215 points (77G, 138A) in 195 games. He also helped the Huskies capture the 2016 QMJHL Championship and make it to the Memorial Cup Final.

CARROT BITES

  • Greenville’s 71 goals are the most by any ECHL team, averaging a league-leading 4.44 goals per game.
  • Michael Joly has scored his league-leading 13 goals on 35 shots (37.1%) the third best shooting percentage this season.
  • Eagles goaltender Joe Cannata leads the league with 1.98 goals against average, .938 save percentage, and is undefeated in six games.
  • Opening the scoring will be important tonight as Colorado is 9-1-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game and Greenville is 6-3-2-0 when recording the opening tally.
  • Forwards Caleb Herbert and Allan McPherson sit atop the ECHL in point production with a four-point advantage over third place Cody Wydo of Wheeling who has notched 21 points (8G, 13A) this season.

CANTLON: (SUN) LAVAL TRIPS PACK IN OVERTIME 3-2

CANTLON: (SUN) Laval Trips Pack In OT 3-2

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Daniel Audette’s wrist shot in overtime gave the Laval Rocket a 3-2 win on the road over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Sunday afternoon.

“I like our game for 63 minutes. After last night’s game, Daniel (Audette) came down with a nice shot because (Alexander Georgiev) played very well against us. It had to be the right shot to beat him,” Laval’s head coach and ex-Wolf, Pack Sylvain Lefebvre, said. Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO STAY HOT, BOSTON COMING TO MSG TOMORROW

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. BOSTON BRUINS
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 7-7-2 (16 pts)
Bruins: 6-4-3 (15 pts) 

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 17th game of the 2017-18 season and continue a three-game homestand tomorrow, Nov. 8, against the Boston Bruins in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a four-game winning streak and have also won six of their last eight contests (6-2-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last 10 games (6-2-2 record).  Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: XL CTR LOOKS TO BE SOLD

CANTLON’S CORNER: XL Ctr Looks to Be Sold

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Expect a final decision in the next two weeks that will likely determine the future direction of the state’s two major multi-purpose hockey arenas, The XL Center in Hartford, and Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

One shoe dropped Wednesday night in Bridgeport.

A bidding process declared that the nationally renowned concert promotion agency, Live Nation in partnership with the local developer Howard Saffan, who was the former president of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, won a bid to convert the baseball stadium to a three-season outdoor concert amphitheater. The building will rival the Meadows/XFINITY facility in Hartford, as a 5.500 seat facility to open in May 2019.

The awarding of the deal to Saffan/Live Nation was ratified by the Bridgeport City Contracts committee board Wednesday night to be sent to the full council to vote to either approve or reject the deal on November 6th, just one day before Election Day.

Thursday morning, an even bigger shoe dropped in the process.

In Hartford, The legislature passed a bipartisan $40 billion budget, but there is only an allocation of $40 million to be bonded (pending bond commission approval) for the XL Center over the next two years to do needed repairs and purchase the atrium.

CRDA Executive Director, Michael Friemuth, was certainly not doing a jig or ringing the church bells either.

“We’re caught in the middle,” Friemuth said. “There is no consensus to shut it down or renovate it either. We’re happy the operating budget was maintained for the building (at $600K) because in the budget previously passed and vetoed by the Governor, (the legislature) had it cut completely and if it had passed, it would be a completely different situation to deal with.

“Now we have two questions before us. We have the $40 million the next two years to do some needed repairs and deal with the Atrium. The larger one is, can we find outside investors by 2019 in helping with the renovation part since there is no appetite in the legislature (to fund) it now.”

The legislative finance committee took the original request of the $125 million half of the publicly stated cost of the project and recommended only $75 million. In one of the failed budgets over the past few months, John Fonfara (D-Hartford), who has the XL Center in his district, had a plan to bond $115 million. That budget went down to defeat when three Democrats defected and sided with a Republican proposal that was vetoed by the governor and was sustained.

Freimuth was under no illusions about the $115 million budget allocation.

“That had no chance of ever passing. Certainly, would have been nice, but I’m a pragmatist about this. You have to be realistic about what you can get given the fiscal dynamics in the state right now. We have fully depreciated equipment in the building, contracts with Spectra, and major tenants, so this is not an easy situation for obvious reasons. The marketplace the XL Center operates in will be changing in the next two years as well. There will be the opening of a new casino and now the amphitheater in Bridgeport.”

Also looming over the head of Freimuth and the XL Center is a provision that if a private investor isn’t found for the current home of UConn Hockey and the Hartford Wolf Pack, the building will be put up For Sale in 2019. It seems it was the polite way to say, “We’re closing the building because nobody will buy a 44-year-old building.” Last year they put out RFP’s for a private investor and received just one response.

Northland Corporation, the owner of Atrium’s title and who has been in a protracted negotiation for almost two years, will now seek more money for the title and deed they hold. Northland could now wait until the building closes to build another building or take a long-term strategic objective Cantlon’s Corner uncovered in the early days, and that was their desire to be the building’s operator.

Now, the current occupants all have expiring contracts. The one ending soonest would be that of the Wolf Pack.

As per the agreement, MSG has to inform the CRDA by December 31st of their intentions regarding the contract.

The two sides have already been in discussions.

“We have been talking the better part of two months and they have expressed their interest to remain in Hartford,”Friemuth said. “Any deal will be short term because that’s what we’re working with right now.”

Friemuth confirmed what Cantlon’s Corner reported two months ago that there is a two-year offer on the table, but he would not confirm the numbers a source stated that would follow the path of the current deal. $1,55 million for 2018 and $1.6 million for 2019 with the check written by Spectra.

Then there is the issue with UConn hockey that has to be sorted out first before any dealing with the basketball teams.

“They clearly need a place to play with no on-campus arena in Storrs. I would say that might be a 2-3 year agreement or year-to-year with options. There are several ways to proceed with it. I think now with the operating budget in place, we can move forward with that piece and the Wolf Pack.”

The ultimate solution for the building though is still nowhere in sight.

“I wish I could say we have something, but we don’t at this point. We’re kind of like the Romans and the Greeks with our Coliseum. Not much has changed. We know the problems and we know what needs to be done and until the fiscal landscape changes, it’s still unresolved. We put a lot of effort in the process. I have learned not to answer my phone after 11 pm anymore that’s for sure,” Freimuth jokingly replied referencing the many late night budget issues that been worked on the past two months.

It seems that we might be leaving a Roman Coliseum in Hartford that future generations will come with backpacks and say, ‘This is where the XL Center once stood,” and where “Hart-City” flatlined.

Cantlon’s Corner will report on a more detailed historical outline of the history of the state’s sports arenas coming soon.