VOROS RELEASED, MCNAUGHT TO GREENVILLE

Connecticut WhaleThe Connecticut Whale have released former New York Ranger’s forward Aaron Voros from his PTO with the team. The team also announced that recent signee Randy McNaught has been loaned to Greenville.

Voros, while a terrific guy personally was essentially going through the motions if his play on the ice was any indicator.

He had one fight on the ice in his 23 PIMs and scored four goals and had three helpers in 23 games played with the team.

McNaught, who signed an AHL contract with the Whale on January 23, dressed for one game with the Whale in the 2-1 loss at the XL Center on Saturday to Springfield.

The good thing about the Voros move is that will open up more playing time for some of the younger guys who have been scratched while this “favor” was done by Glen Sather for Voros, who had called and asked for the chance.

The bad about this move is how it will affect the already highly agitated agitator, Sean Avery, who’s exceptionally close with Voros who along with Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist are business partners in a restaurant in NYC called “Tiny’s & the Bar Upstairs.

Now the question mark is what the Rangers decide to do with forwards Eric Christensen, Wojtek Wolski and with Steve Eminger getting close to returning to the lineup, defenseman Jeff Woywitka.

Here’s the official release:

WHALE RELEASE AARON VOROS FROM PTO

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Eighth-year Pro had Seven Points in 23 Games

HARTFORD, February 2, 2012:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Whale has released forward Aaron Voros from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Signed November 15, Voros skated in 23 games with the Whale, notching four goals and three assists for seven points while serving 23 minutes in penalties.

The Whale finish off a five-game homestand tomorrow night, Friday, February 3, when they take on the divisional-rival Albany Devils at the XL Center in a 7:00 PM game.

Tickets to that contest, and all 2011-12 Whale home games, are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, as well as on-line at www.ctwhale.com and through TicketMaster Charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000.

Save on your tickets, and get the best seats, with a ticket plan for the Whale’s 2011-12 AHL campaign, which are on sale now. For information on season seats and mini plans, visit www.ctwhale.com, or call the CT Whale ticket office at (860) 728-3366 to talk with an account executive today.

The AHL’s Connecticut Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin and Howard Baldwin, Jr..  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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