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SPOTLIGHT: ZUCCARELO AND KREIDER

Bruce BerletBy: Bruce Berlet

Chris Kreider looks more and more like pro material when the postseason arrives.

Kreider, the New York Rangers’ first-round pick (19th overall) in 2009, scored both Boston College goals in a 2-0 victory over Air Force in the NCAA men’s hockey tournament Northeast Regional semifinals Saturday night at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass.

“The kid who scored their two goals,” Air Force coach Frank Serratore said. “Where is he going to be in three weeks, New York?”

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ZUCCARELLO RECALLED BY RANGERS

New York RAccording to the AHL transaction wire “The Norwegian Hobbit,” Mats Zuccarello, has been recalled by the New York Rangers.

Andrew Gross reports on his Rangers Rants blog that Zuccarello will be with the Rangers for tonight’s tilt with with the New York Islanders to replace an injured Ryan Callahan. Gross also reports that ex-Whale Michael Del Zotto will also miss the game with an injured right hip. It’s ironic that, as Gross points out, Zuccarello makes his NHL return against an Islanders team that was the last one he played against in the NHL in Game Three of this season before being whisked off to Hartford.

Zuccarello has 12 goals, 24 assists in 37 games for the Whale and will be playing in his third game in three days. He would have been doing so anyway as he would have been in the lineup for today’s Whale game as well.

The Whale do not have any extra forwards on the current roster so KenGernander is likely to insert Blake Parlett into the lineup for this afternoon’s tilt with the Manchester Monarchs and run seven defenseman.

Game time is at 3pm. Follow the play-by play with us at @HowlingsToday on Twitter.

Here’s the official release:

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SPOTLIGHT: AHL ALL-STAR GAME

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

The Eastern Conference lost a four-goal lead and a shootout in the AHL All-Star Game on Monday night that had a definite Connecticut Whale flavor.

Rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault scored on his first shift of the game and had a goal and two assists in the first period with teammate and linemate Mats Zuccarello before the Western Conference rallied for an 8-7 victory before 6,113 at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

Audy-Marchessault, one of the few undrafted players among the AHL’s elite, scored only 2:06 into the game and set up Zuccarello for a breakaway goal late in the first period as the Eastern Conference took a 6-2 lead after 20 minutes.

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ZUCCARELLO HIT REDUX

In case you didn’t see the hit that was put on Mats Zuccarello by Adam Mair that has shaken up the Connecticut Whale forward that earned the Falcons center a four game suspension, here it is.

Do you feel that four games was an adequate suspension? If not, what do you think is a FAIR number?

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ZUCCARELLO, TALBOT GIVE WHALE OF A WIN

Connecticut Whale      VERSUS     Springfield

Mats Zuccarello may not be the world’s tallest hockey player, but he’s certainly making a case that he might be among it’s toughest.

Listed at 5-7 and 174 pounds, “The Norwegian Hobbit” took a crushing, deliberate elbow to the head from 6’1, 208 pound NHL veteran center Adam Mair early in the third period that had him down on the ice; a play that referee Ryan Hersey allowed to go without any call. Zuccarello shook the cobwebs out of his head and responded with what proved to be the game winning goal from a near impossible angle from behind the goal line off the back of Springfield Falcons netminder Danny Taylor (1-1-0, 26 saves) in the Whale’s come-from-behind 2-1 win Saturday night. Continue reading

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

On paper, the Connecticut Whale appears as if they’ll start the season strong in goal and on defense but could be offensively challenged after the loss of at least three of their top six scorers.

But as New York Rangers assistant general manager/assistant coach and Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld likes to say, “That’s why they have training camp.”

Schoenfeld believes six or seven forwards – “I don’t want to miss anybody,” he said in not naming names – will vie for the last one or two spots on Broadway starting Friday at the Madison Square Garden training facility in Greenburgh, N.Y. And he said some decisions won’t be finalized until after the Rangers play two of their four exhibition games in Europe before opening the season in Stockholm, Sweden, against the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 7 and 8.

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BOYLE BACK IN BLUE

New York RangersBY: Bruce Berlet

The expected became reality late Thursday night when center Brian Boyle signed a three-year, $5.1 million contract with the Rangers, averting a salary arbitration hearing on July 25.

The Rangers also signed forward Andreas Thuresson to a one-year, two-way contract for $632,500 at the NHL level and $105,000 in the AHL. Thuresson was acquired from Nashville on July 2 for forward Brodie Dupont, who signed a one-year, two-way contract ($550,000 NHL/$80,000 AHL) with the Predators last Friday. Continue reading

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

For those New York Rangers/Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale fans worrying about center Artem Anisimov not filing for arbitration on the deadline Tuesday, stop fretting.

Anisimov, who played two seasons with the Wolf Pack before improving immensely the last two years on Broadway, is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights off his entry-level deal.

Anisimov’s former Wolf Pack teammates and 2010-11 linemates Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan (when not injured) and defenseman Michael Sauer, along with center Brian Boyle filed for arbitration by the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday. The filings were especially significant because it eliminated the chance of another team giving an offer sheet to any of the players and a long contract hassle extending into the start of training camp Sept. 15.

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FROM THE CREASE – SEASON IN REVIEW with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

HARTFORD, CT – With the sting of another first-round playoff elimination fresh in everyone’s mind, it can be difficult to find positives in even the most trying of seasons.

But New York Rangers assistant coach/assistant general manager and Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld found plenty to be thankful for from members of the parent club’s top affiliate that helped keep the “Black-and-Blueshirts,” as New York Post hockey writer Larry Brooks coined them, afloat when a plethora of injuries to key personnel hit in record numbers.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

HARTFORD, CT – There’s bad luck, and there’s REALLY bad luck.

Then there’s the bizarre one-in-a-million bad luck that Connecticut Whale wing Mats Zuccarello suffered Thursday night in Game 5 of the Atlantic Division semifinals against the Portland Pirates at Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland.

As “The Norwegian Hobbit” chased a puck along the boards late in the first period, two fingers on his left hand got caught in the photographer’s camera hole in the plexi-glass, resulting in a broken hand that will sideline him four-to-six weeks, ending his first season in North America unless the Whale or parent New York Rangers make long, long runs in the playoffs.

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