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THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG…YOGAN SIGNED

yoganAndrew Yogan signed a contract with the New York Rangers today and he’s more than just a little likely to start next season in Hartford with the Whale. Yogan had just signed an Amateur Try-Out contract last week after completing his season with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.

 (Photo courtesy of NY Rangers

While he is yet to score in his three games, he did manage to get himself ousted from yesterday’s battle with the Sound Tigers with a five minute boarding major and a game misconduct.

Yogan is a big boy. He’s 6’3 and 203 pounds and really wants to make it to the next level. If his effort on the ice in the limited run is any indication, that could possibly happen.

Here’s the release from the Rangers.

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RANGERS DRAFT PICKS SIGN WITH WHALE

Connecticut WhaleWHALE SIGN PAIR OF RANGER DRAFT PICKS TO ATOs

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Forward Andrew Yogan, Defenseman Peter Ceresnak Added from OHL Peterborough

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the team has signed forward Andrew Yogan and defenseman Peter Ceresnak to Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreements.

CORIE A ROAD WARRIOR

Greenville Road WarriorsBY: Ray Schmitt, Voice of the Greenville Road Warriors

The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that they have signed defenseman Adam Comrie.

Comrie, 21, comes to Greenville after beginning the season with the Cincinnati Cyclones. There he had six points (3G, 3A) in four games to begin the season. A second-year pro, Comrie earned eight points (4G, 4A) in 13 games with Cincinnati last season and added one goal in two playoff games. The 6-4, 215-pound rearguard spent a majority of his rookie season with Rochester of the American Hockey League where he recorded five assists and 18 penalty minutes in 44 games.

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WHO SHOULD STAY AND WHO SHOULD GO

New York RangersTim Erixon stays – Brendan Bell goes…

Here’s the official release:

Brendan Bell Assigned to Connecticut; Scott Stajcer Returned to Owen Sound (OHL)

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Brendan Bell has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL), and goaltender Scott Stajcer has been returned to Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – PARLETT FOR THE DEFENSE

BY: Bruce Berlet

A year ago, a glut of defensemen and some uninspiring play led to Blake Parlett being a healthy scratch for the Greenville Road Warriors’ first two games of the ECHL season.

“He thought he was a little too good for where he was and hadn’t worked all that hard,” Greenville coach Dean Stork recalled. “I didn’t play him the first game and we won, so I didn’t change the lineup for the next game. When he got in there for the third game, he responded with a Gordie Howe hat trick.”

For those not in the know, that’s a goal, an assist and a fight, a frequent occurrence for the legendary Hall of Famer who finished his 32-year pro career with the Hartford Whalers.

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OWENS RETURNS – TANSKI EARNS A CONTRACT

WHALE ANNOUNCE PLAYER SIGNINGS

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Scott Tanski Inks AHL Deal and Jordan Owens and T.J. Fast Sign PTOs

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced three player signings by the team.

Forward Scott Tanski signed an American Hockey League Standard Player’s Contract (SPC) with the Whale, and forward Jordan Owens and defenseman T.J. Fast were signed to Professional Tryout (PTO) agreements.

Tanski, 21, a rookie out of the Ontario Hockey League, was the Whale’s leading preseason goal-scorer, with three in four games.  In 67 games with the OHL’s Brampton Battalion last season, the 6-1, 192-pound Tanski notched a team-high 47 points in 67 games, with 18 goals and a team-leading 29 assists.  In 219 career games with the Battalion over four seasons, the Burlington, Ontario native totaled 53 goals and 80 assists for 133 points, along with 130 penalty minutes. Continue reading

BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – “SO THAT’S A LATTE AND A HOCKEY CONTRACT TO GO?”

BY: Bruce Berlet

Kale Kerbashian joined the New York Rangers organization literally over a cup of coffee and a vanilla milkshake.

The smallish (5-foot-11, 165 pounds) but quick forward was interviewing with Rangers scout Rich Brown at a Starbucks in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, when he got an offer to play for one of the NHL’s Original Six teams.

“He had watched me all season, and I guess he liked what he saw so they gave me a chance,” Kerbashian recalled. “I loved coming down (to Hartford) and staying in the Homewood Suites. It was great.”

Kerbashian got a three-week taste of pro hockey in April after he signed AHL and amateur tryout contracts after completing his junior career with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 63 goals and 81 assists in 126 games in two seasons in Sarnia and chipped in two goals and one assist in four games with the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers in 2010. Continue reading

NO BAND-AIDS NEEDED FOR THESE CUTS

RANGERS TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER BY 28
35 Active Players Remain with the Club

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has assigned the following 21 players to Connecticut (AHL): goaltenders Chad Johnson, Jason Missiaen and Cameron Talbot; defensemen Lee Baldwin, Collin Bowman, Sam Klassen, Tomas Kundratek, Jyri Niemi, Jared Nightingale, and Pavel Valentenko; and forwards Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, Tommy Grant, Jordan Hickmott, Tayler Jordan, Kale Kerbashian, Chad Kolarik, Chris McKelvie, Matt Rust, Scott Tanski, Kelsey Tessier, and Jason Wilson.  In addition, the Rangers returned seven players to their respective junior club: defensemen Peter Ceresnak (Peterborough, OHL) and Samuel Noreau (Baie-Comeau, QMJHL); and forwards Shane McColgan (Kelowna, WHL), J.T. Miller (Plymouth, OHL), Michael St. Croix (Edmonton, WHL), Christian Thomas (Oshawa, OHL), and Andrew Yogan (Peterborough, OHL). Continue reading

RANGERS YOUNSTERS 2-FOR-2 BY BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

Ken Gernander has always been demanding, whether as a player or now as coach of the Connecticut Whale.

Gernander didn’t change Sunday night in the New York Rangers’ second game in the prospects tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

After the first period, Gernander requested more diligence defensively in a televised intermission talk after the Rangers had been outshot 15-7 in the first 17 minutes.

Then after the second period, Gernander asked his young team for better skating and more pressure on Dallas Stars goalie Jack Campbell, saying, “Twenty shots on goal in two periods just isn’t good enough, boys.”

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TRAVERSE CITY HERE WE COME…

MSG NETWORK TELECASTING RANGER TEAM ACTION IN UPCOMING TRAVERSE CITY NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT

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All of the Ranger team’s action in the upcoming Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament will be broadcast live on Madison Square Garden Network, affording local media the opportunity to obtain early highlights of a number of players likely to be major contributors on the 2011-12 Connecticut Whale squad.  The prospects tournament, which is a prelude to the opening of NHL training camps, takes place this Saturday, September 10 through September 14 in Traverse City, Michigan.

WHO/WHAT:     Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander, and assistant coaches J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller, will be leading a team of New York Ranger prospects into battle against the top prospects from eight other NHL teams in the annual Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, put on by the Detroit Red Wings in Traverse City, MI.  Madison Square Garden Network will air all four of the Ranger team’s games in the tournament live. Among the players to watch on the Rangers’ Prospects Tournament Roster, from a Connecticut Whale perspective:

  • Ryan Bourque (F) – son of NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, and third-round Ranger draft pick
  • Tim Erixon (D) – son of long-time Ranger stalwart Jan Erixon, and first-round Calgary Flames draftee
  • Carl Hagelin (F) – Swedish import saw playoff action with Whale, after finishing his college career at U. Michigan
  • Blake Parlett (D) – Had 2-10-12 in 24 games with the Whale last year, after callup from Greenville of the ECHL
  • Jason Missiaen (G) – Tallest goaltender in pro hockey, at 6-8, practiced with Whale last year after finishing his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season
  • Andrew Yogan (F) – Notched 2-1-3 in two games with the Whale at the end of last season, out of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Jyri Niemi (D) – Finnish import played 46 games with the Whale as a rookie last year
  • Tommy Grant (F) – finished last season with Whale, at the end of his college year at U. Alaska-Anchorage
  • Scott Stajcer (G) – Helped lead Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack to Canada’s Memorial Cup tournament last year
  • Jason Wilson (F) – fifth-round 2010 draft pick from the Ontario Hockey League
  • Kale Kerbashian (F) – AHL contract signee out of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Lee Baldwin (D) – split last season between the Whale and Greenville of the ECHL
  • Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (F) – signed to an AHL contract after leading Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in playoff scoring
  • Randy McNaught (F) – bruising 6-4, 217-pounder out of the Western Hockey League

WHEN:             Ranger tournament Games are:

Saturday, September 10 vs. St. Louis – 7:00 PM faceoff                                     Sunday, September 11 vs. Dallas – 6:00 PM faceoff
Tuesday, September 23 vs. Carolina – 3:30 PM faceoff                                     Wednesday, September 14 – Placement Game – Time TBD

WHERE:           All Ranger team tournament games will be telecast live on MSG Network.