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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).

CANTLON: WOLF PACK LOSE LAST GAME OF THE SEASON

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Wolf Pack Lose Last Game of the Season

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Mercifully, the Hartford Wolf Pack‘s 20th Anniversary season came to an end on Saturday night in a blistering 5-1 loss to the host Springfield Thunderbirds, who won their fifth in a row at home, before 6,217, their third sellout of the season, at the Mass Mutual Center.

Down the stretch, the Wolf Pack efforts to avoid finishing dead last in the AHL never materialized. The season ended with a 24-46-4-2 record (54 points) both, sadly, franchise records.

The team ended the season with a five-game losing streak and went 3-8-0 in their last 11.  Since the trade deadline, over the final seven weeks of the regular season, The Pack won just six games.

“I really can’t put it into words right now. It’s been a very tough year,” said head coach Ken Gernander.

The Thunderbirds quickly built a 2-0 lead in the second period. Anthony Greco was down low on the right wing side and swept a shot that rookie goaltender Chris Nell made the initial save on, but with Paul Thompson in close taking a shot, he couldn’t contain the rebound. The puck popped loose to the red hot Jared McCann who was all alone in the slot. McCann popped in his fourth goal in two games and his 11th of the season at 1:26.

The Pack played with greater purpose and drive in the second, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Continue reading

TOSTI: BRANDON ALDERSON CALLED-UP TO AHL’S TEXAS STARS

Brandon Alderson Called-Up to AHL’s Texas Stars

Greenville’s leading goal scorer headed to the AHL for the 3rd time this season.

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, announced today that forward Brandon Alderson earned his third call-up to the American Hockey League. The Swamp Rabbits leading goal scorer joins the Texas Stars after tallying a career-best 26 goals this season.

Alderson signed with the Swamp Rabbits during the off-season and had turned in a career season in the ECHL. The Oakville, ON native netted five goals and added an assist in nine games to begin the year. Since his last AHL call-up to Syracuse, the 6-foot-5 winger has recorded 33 points (15G, 18A) in 25 games. Only five ECHL skaters have more points in that stretch. Continue reading

A REAL TEST FOR THE INJURED RANGERS

NEW YORK RANGERS at WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Wednesday, Apr. 5, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
Verizon Center – Washington, D.C.
Rangers: 47-26-6 (100 pts)
Capitals: 53-18-8 (114 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 80th game of the 2016-17 season today, Apr. 5, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Verizon Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last nine games, eight of the last 11 games, and 10 of the last 14 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-26-6 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 96-92-18-7 (52-42-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals and the second of two meetings between the two teams in Washington. The Rangers have posted a 2-1-0 record (1-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts were defeated by the Capitals, 4-1, in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 28 at MSG. Rick Nash leads the Rangers with three points (one goal, two assists) in the season series. Henrik Lundqvist has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.35 GAA and a .929 SV% in three appearances.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 26 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (16-8-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in nine of their last 13 contests against the Capitals (8-4-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 13 games against Washington. 

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RANGERS ACQUIRE A BECK, BUT NOT MITCH BECK (LOL)

RANGERS ACQUIRE FORWARD TAYLOR BECK

Blueshirts trade Justin Fontaine to Edmonton

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, March 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Taylor Beck from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Justin Fontaine.

Beck, 25, has skated in 40 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 18 penalty minutes. Beck has established AHL career-highs in assists and points this season. He ranks second in the AHL in assists and is tied for second in the league in points in 2016-17. In addition, Beck leads the Condors in assists and points, ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating, and is tied for fourth on the team in goals this season. Beck has posted 15 multi-point games in 2016-17, and he tallied a season-high, four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 5 vs. Texas. Continue reading

AFTER DEFEAT TO HABS, RANGERS LOOK TO TURN OVER NEW LEAFS

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 38-19-2 (78 pts)
Maple Leafs: 28-20-11 (67 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 60th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 23, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last nine games (7-1-1), as well as 10 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-2 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS NEED TO TURN OVER A MAPLE LEAF

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 28-16-1 (57 pts)
Maple Leafs: 21-13-8 (50 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 46th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 19, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Rangers have posted a 28-16-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. MAPLE LEAFS

  • All-Time*: 228-276-95-7 (132-113-56-4 at home; 96-163-39-3 on the road) *Note: The first three games between the two franchises were when the Maple Leafs franchise was called the Toronto St. Patricks. The team changed its name during the 1926-27 season.
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of three meetings between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the first of two meetings between the two teams in Toronto. The Rangers have posted a 0-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road), as Toronto earned a 4-2 win against the Blueshirts on Jan. 13 at MSG. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will play against each other on the following date: Feb. 23 (at Toronto).

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RANGERS ASSIGN BRANDON HALVERSON TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN BRANDON HALVERSON TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, December 28, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Brandon Halverson to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Halverson was recalled by the Rangers on December 27. In six appearances with Hartford this season, Halverson has posted a 3-3-0 record.

The Traverse City, Michigan, native was selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

CRAWFORD: (SUN) PACK COLLAPSE IN THIRD PERIOD, LOSE TO MARLIES

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack had a 3-2 lead after two periods against the Toronto Marlies Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum, but Toronto scored three times in the third for a 5-3 win, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had taken the opener of the two-game set Saturday, winning 3-2.

Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Sunday, and John Gilmour and Chris Brown also scored, but Kerby Rychel and Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and two assists each for the Marlies, and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist.

Milan Michalek tied the score at three for Toronto 2:33 into the third period, poking the puck past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (32 saves) after he stopped a Colin Smith shot. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK TAKE THE MARLIE OUT OF TORONTO

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS     Toronto 

Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Toronto Marlies 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Toronto, Ontario, December 3, 2016 – Marek Hrivik had a shorthanded goal and an assist, and Boo Nieves scored the third-period game-winner Saturday night, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-2, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams at Ricoh Coliseum.

Magnus Hellberg made 27 saves in the Wolf Pack net, and Justin Fontaine also scored for Hartford.  William Wrenn and Kasperi Kapanen had the Marlies’ goals, and Garret Sparks made 27 stops.

The win gave the Wolf Pack their first winning streak of the season, coming on the heels of Hartford’s 3-1 victory last Saturday at Lehigh Valley. Continue reading