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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


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


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


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


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