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
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Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, ConnecticutWhale, Dylan McIlrath, Ken Gernander, New York Ranger, Ranger, Ryan Bourque, Ryan McDonagh, Wade Redden, Whale, XL Center
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
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Tagged AHL, American Hockey League, Brandon Segal, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale, ConnecticutWhale, Dylan McIlrath, New York Islanders, New York Ranger, New York Rangers, NHL, Ranger, Wade Redden
BY: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings
Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander has mixed emotions about assistant J.J. Daigneault’s sudden departure on Friday to become the newest assistant under Montreal Canadiens new coach Michel Therrien.
“You had heard the rumors, but it’s great for him, it’s awesome,” Gernander said Monday from his summer home in Minnesota. “It was a real good working relationship, and he certainly did a lot for us. He was passionate, committed, a very intelligent hockey guy. We’re going to miss him.” Continue reading
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Tagged Columbus Blue Jackets, Connecticut Whale, Gernander, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ken Gernander, Michael Del Zotto, Ranger, Wade Redden, Whale
Howlings will be publishing our annual report cards for the Connecticut Whale from the staff to the players. We’ve asked several of the people who cover the team to share their insights and we’ll finish with our grades.
First up at the review board, The Chairman of Press Row - Bruce Berlet Continue reading
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Tagged Blake Parlett, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, Ken Gernander, Michael Del Zotto, Ranger, Scott Stajcer, Stu Bickel, Wade Redden, Whale
We were just looking at the list of free agents for next season that the Rangers/Whale will be dealing with.
Here’s a quick guess as to who they will resign and why. It’s not based upon ANY inside information or any such thing as that, just our guesses.
After looking at it, let’s here what you think.
The following guys are already signed and will be back with either the Rangers, the Whale or Greenville: Continue reading
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Tagged Blake Parlett, Casey Wellman, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Ranger, Ryan Bourque, Wade Redden, Whale
BY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the CTWhale
Six-foot-five, 215-pound defenseman Dylan McIlrath, the tenth overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers, wasn’t sure what kind of opportunity he would get when he joined the Connecticut Whale April 30 from his Junior Hockey team, the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. The Whale were coming off of a three-game sweep of the Northeast Division-champion Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the opening round, a series in which the Whale had allowed a total of three goals in the three games.
“I didn’t know what to expect coming in,” McIlrath said after a recent Whale practice. “This team was doing well, firing on all cylinders, sweeping Bridgeport. They had a good thing going, then I was fortunate to hop in the lineup and I feel really comfortable hopping in. I think this time around I’m just trying to go in with an open mind and just go play hockey and not think too much.” Continue reading
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Tagged Brendan Bell, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, McIlrath, New York Ranger, Wade Redden, Western Hockey League, Whale, XL Center
BY: Bruce Berlet (Special to Howlings)
The Connecticut Whale will have right wing Andre Deveaux in Game 3 of their American Hockey League Eastern Conference semifinal against the regular season champion Norfolk Admirals.
An AHL official said Saturday that he didn’t expect Deveaux to be suspended despite receiving two game misconducts, including one for abuse of officials, at 6:08 of the third period of the Admirals’ 4-1 victory in Game 2 on Friday night in Norfolk, Va. Deveaux, who scored the Whale’s lone goal, got into a fight with Brandon Segal and continued the scrap while the Admirals right wing was down after linesman Tommy George tried to separate the combatants. It took several minutes to get Deveaux off the ice, and he was assessed 27 minutes in penalties, including the two game misconducts. Continue reading
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Tagged Admiral, American Hockey League, Andre Deveaux, Cameron Talbot, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, Norfolk Admirals, Ranger, Wade Redden, XL Center