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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Even the cook remembered him.

For Jared Nightingale, it was a pleasant surprise last week while in Toledo of the ECHL playing for the Walleye and as the team was getting ready to leave for a road trip, Head Coach Derek Lalonde told him to get his gear. He knew that meant he was headed for the AHL on a recall. When he was told it was Hartford. he was heading to, “I had a big smile on my face.”

The capital city holds a special place in his hockey life. Continue reading



BY: Boston Bruins

Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, April 3, that the team has acquired defenseman Wade Redden from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a conditional seventh round draft pick in 2014. The pick becomes a sixth round pick in 2014 if Redden plays in one or more games during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Bruins also acquired forward Rob Flick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for forward Max Sauve.

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli will hold a press conference today, April 3, at 5:00 p.m. in the West End Room on level two in TD Garden to discuss the NHL’s Trade Deadline transactions. Continue reading



BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher – Howlings

It was a busy day for the New York Rangers and CTWhale.

In New York City, as expected, the Blueshirts have bought out Wade Redden. The Whale captain will likely get signed by some team for a greatly reduced amount and one of the best all-around good guys to ever enter the Whale locker room will wind up back in the NHL.

Here’s the official release from the Rangers:

NEW YORK, January 17, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has bought out the contract of defenseman Wade Redden.

Redden, 35, registered five goals and 35 assists for 40 points, along with 78 penalty minutes in 156 regular season games over two seasons with the Rangers. In addition, Redden tallied two assists in seven playoff contests with the Rangers.

Signed by the Rangers as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2008, Redden has skated the last two seasons with the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering 12 goals and 50 assists for 62 points in 119 games. He was named team captain on March 3, 2012.

The Lloydminster, Saskatchewan native has skated in 994 career regular season contests with the Rangers and Ottawa Senators, registering 106 goals and 344 assists for 450 points, along with a plus-162 rating and 654 penalty minutes. Redden is a two-time NHL All-Star (2002 and 2004) and former NHL plus/minus award winner (2006, tie), and has surpassed the 30-point mark in nine of his 13 NHL seasons.

Redden was originally selected by the New York Islanders with the second overall pick in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

Also in the news, one of the truly great guys in Hartford history, Chad Kolarik will represent the Whale at the AHL All-Star game coming up at the end of the month.

Here’s the release from the Whale:

HARTFORD, January 17, 2013:  The American Hockey League today named Connecticut Whale right-wing Chad Kolarik to the Eastern Conference squad for the upcoming 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic in Providence, RI.

After losing the entirety of last season to injury, Kolarik, a fifth-year pro out of the University of Michigan, leads the 2012-13 Whale in goals, with 15, and ranks second on the club in points with 30, and is a +2 in 37 games.  The 26-year-old Kolarik also leads the Whale team in shots on goal with 121.

Kolarik, who was acquired by the New York Rangers organization November 11, 2010 from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Dane Byers, has logged 238 games of AHL action in his career, with the San Antonio Rampage, Syracuse Crunch, Springfield Falcons and the Whale, scoring 82 goals and adding 89 assists for 171 points, while serving 194 minutes in penalties.  The Abington, PA native has also suited up for six NHL career NHL games, four with the Rangers and two with the Blue Jackets, registering one assist and two PIM.

Beginning Friday and until January 24, fans will have the opportunity to vote for the starting lineups for the 2013 AHL All-Star Game by visiting facebook.com/theahl and completing the official CCM AHL All-Star Fan Ballot. Voters will also be entered to win prizes of a team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star stick (two) and team-signed 2013 AHL All-Star commemorative programs (10).

The 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Classic will take place January 27-28 in Providence.  Tickets are on sale now by calling the Providence Bruins at (401) 273-5000 or visiting ProvidenceBruins.com. All-Star 2-Packs are $55 and $75 and include admission to both the 2013 Pepsi AHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. on Sunday, January 27, and the 2013 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on Monday, January 28. All-Star 4-Packs are $75 and $100 and include admission to the Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, as well as the Post-Skills Party (January 27, 9:30 p.m.) at the Rhode Island Convention Center and the 2013 AHL Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January 28, 11 a.m.) at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium.

The Whale are back in action tomorrow night, Friday, January 18, traveling to Springfield to meet the Falcons in a 7:00 PM game.  All of the action of that contest can be heard live on “Beethoven Radio” AM 1290.  Fans can also listen on-line at CTWhale.com, and video streaming is available at AHLLive.com.  The next home game for the Whale is this Wednesday, January 23, a 7:00 battle with the Adirondack Phantoms.

Here is the entire roster for the AHL All-Star facility at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence…

pic2013 AHL Eastern Conference All-Star Team

Goaltenders Forwards
Robin Lehner, Binghamton Senators Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Springfield Falcons
Curtis McElhinney, Springfield Falcons Beau Bennett, W-B/Scranton Penguins
Niklas Svedberg, Providence Bruins Alexandre Bolduc, Portland Pirates
Chris Bourque, Providence Bruins
Defensemen Bobby Butler, Albany Devils
Mark Barberio, Syracuse Crunch Peter Holland, Norfolk Admirals
Andre Benoit, Binghamton Senators Tyler Johnson, Syracuse Crunch
Matt Donovan, Bridgeport Sound Tigers Tim Kennedy, Worcester Sharks
Tim Erixon, Springfield Falcons Chad Kolarik, Connecticut Whale
Erik Gustafsson, Adirondack Phantoms Nino Niederreiter, Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Tomas Kundratek, Hershey Bears Richard Panik, Syracuse Crunch
Zach Redmond, St. John’s IceCaps Tyler Toffoli, Manchester Monarchs
David Rundblad, Portland Pirates Trent Whitfield, Providence Bruins (“C”)

pic2013 AHL Western Conference All-Star Team

Goaltenders Forwards
Barry Brust, Abbotsford Heat Andrew Agozzino, Lake Erie Monsters
Petr Mrazek, Grand Rapids Griffins Mark Arcobello, Oklahoma City Barons
Justin Peters, Charlotte Checkers Matt Fraser, Texas Stars
Brendan Gallagher, Hamilton Bulldogs
Defensemen Ryan Hamilton, Toronto Marlies
Victor Bartley, Milwaukee Admirals Quintin Laing, Abbotsford Heat (“C”)
Chad Billins, Grand Rapids Griffins Gustav Nyquist, Grand Rapids Griffins
Adam Clendening, Rockford IceHogs Kevin Porter, Rochester Americans
Mark Cundari, Peoria Rivermen Martin St. Pierre, Rockford IceHogs
Michal Jordan, Charlotte Checkers Mike Sgarbossa, Lake Erie Monsters
Mike Kostka, Toronto Marlies Drew Shore, San Antonio Rampage
Brayden McNabb, Rochester Americans Brett Sterling, Chicago Wolves
Jamie Oleksiak, Texas Stars Jason Zucker, Houston Aeros

Happy Belated birthday to Kelsey Tesier

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New-York-Rangers3-150x1501BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings

The Connecticut Whale and the New York Rangers have made two personnel moves in an attempt to have enough bodies and improve their respective teams.

In the first move, the Rangers have recalled Brandon Segal likely in order to take Arron Asham’s place in Saturday’s season opener game against the Boston Bruins. Asham was sentenced by the NHL to a four-game suspension for his actions against the Philadelphia Flyers’ Brayden Schenn in Game 3 of the Penguins’ first-round playoff series in last year’s playoffs. He served three of those games already at the end of the Flyers’ playoff run and will miss the first game of this season. Because the Rangers only have 22 players in training camp this is a move to field a full-team Saturday. Continue reading


Connecticut-Whale_thumb1-150x15024BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher – Howlings

With New York Rangers training camp likely to open in the next couple of days and rumors swirling that gold medal winning forward JT Miller and forwards Marek Hrivik, Michael Haley and that kid from Boston College…I think his name is Kreids… or something like that…as well as defenseman Matt Gilroy all possibly going to take part, the Connecticut Whale are going to need forwards for the time being. With that in mind, Connecticut has made their first move to compensate by recalling Andrew Yogan from the ECHL Greenville Road Warriors. Continue reading


Nhl_logoNHLPA logoBY: Mitch Beck

The Lockout is FINALLY over.

The NHLPA and the owners of the thirty NHL teams have settled their 113-day labor dispute that cost fans half the season, The Winter Classic and the NHL All-Star game.ALLY over.

Details of the key elements of the agreement have been made public by  TSN’s Hockey Analysts including former New York Ranger defenseman Aaron Ward, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun.

TSN is reporting that the new CBA agreement will feature the following elements: Continue reading


BY: BRUCE BERLET, Exclusive To Howlings

The Connecticut Whale began to take serious shape Friday, a week before the franchise’s 16th season opener at the XL Center against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Twelve players were released or assigned to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, while coach Ken Gernander put together what likely will be most of his lines in the final practice at the New York Rangers’ training center in Greenburgh, N.Y.  Continue reading


BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CT Whale

One of the more consistent presences in the Whale lineup the last two seasons has been that of Kelsey Tessier.

A guy who has had to work for everything he’s gotten over his two-year pro career, while playing on AHL contracts, Tessier has proven himself to be a dependable defensive center-man  a guy who bears down hard on face-offs and burns to be counted on to neutralize the opposition’s most dangerous players.  Continue reading


BY: Bruce Berlet (Exclusive to Howlings)

The Connecticut Whale’s nine-day training camp will be at the New York Rangers’ training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y.

The Greenburgh complex is superior to the XL Center in Hartford and Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, but it would have been nice if at least part of the camp was in Connecticut so the Whale could promote a team with several new players, including Rangers standout young left wing Chris Kreider. Instead, coach Ken Gernander & Co. will work out in Westchester County from next Saturday until the day after their final preseason game against the Worcester Sharks on Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. at the Koeppel Community Sports Center at Trinity College in Hartford. The King Men’s Tour is at the XL Center – where a new ice surface and team and sponsor logos will be installed Tuesday – on Oct. 5, but that’s the only day the Whale would have to practice at Champions.  Continue reading


BY: Bruce Berlet (Special to Howlings)

The Connecticut Whale likely will begin training camp and the season without a captain.

Veteran defenseman Wade Redden, named the franchise’s fifth captain last season, isn’t on the Whale’s preliminary training roster because the parent New York Rangers don’t want to have to pay the 15-year pro his $6.5 million salary. Redden is about to enter the fifth year of a six-year, $39 million contract that he signed July 1, 2008, and the Rangers haven’t had to count his salary toward their cap the past two seasons because they waived the veteran and sent him to the American Hockey League.

But with the NHL and NHL Players’ Association failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement over a $3.3 billion pie by midnight Saturday and no new negotiations scheduled, the pro hockey landscape has dramatically changed again. It’s the third lockout since Redden was the second overall pick by the New York Islanders in 1995 (the 2004-05 season was wiped out), but he never played for the team before being traded to the Ottawa Senators on Jan. 23, 1996 with Damian Rhodes for Don Beaupre, Martin Straka and Bryan Berard. The deal had become necessary for the Senators as they had to move Berard, who refused to join a franchise in turmoil at the time. Continue reading