Category Archives: Carolina Hurricanes

SPOTLIGHT: JAMES DOLAN SPEAKS

Bruce BerletBY: Bruce Berlet

New York Rangers owner James Dolan made a rare, spontaneous visit to the Madison Square Garden media room after his team’s 3-0 victory over the Nashville Panthers on Tuesday night.

Dolan, the CEO of MSG, praised Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather for building a team from within with youth and good drafting that is close to winning its first Stanley Cup since 1994. Dolan didn’t mention Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander and assistants J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller, but coach John Tortorella has often praised their work as the Rangers (29-11-4) have moved to the top of the NHL’s overall standings with 62 points in 44 games.

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FANFARE: CONCUSSIONS

Nhl_logoBY: Adam Gavriel

The league’s superstar and poster-boy player has played in just nine games since the Winter Classic last season.

The New York Rangers top defenseman has not suited up in a game this season.

The Philadelphia Flyers captain and top defenseman has not played in an NHL game since November 19th and will be out the rest of the regular season, playoffs and possibly ever again.

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SPOTLIGHT: BRENDAN BELL

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

After Tim Erixon had another strong game for the Connecticut Whale last week, including a personal North American pro best of three assists, veteran defenseman Brendan Bell offered kudos about how the Swedish rookie blueliner handled his reassignment from the parent New York Rangers.

“With young players, you’re here to learn, and it takes some time because (the AHL) isn’t an easy league to play in,” said Bell, who played one game with the Rangers after being signed as a free agent in the offseason and before being sent down a second time Oct. 25. “But you hone your craft and you bide your time, and the thing about Tim that’s been good is that he hasn’t been frustrated, he hasn’t pouted, he hasn’t done any of that stuff since he’s been here (Oct. 29). He’s just trying to learn and get better, and he’ll probably get there (the NHL) quicker because of that.”

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MARC-ANDRE BOURDON BECOMES FIRST ROAD WARRIORS ALUM TO PLAY IN NHL

Ray SchmittBY: Ray Schmitt

GREENVILLE, SC Last night former Greenville Road Warriors defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon played in his first National Hockey League game as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers. He is the first former Road Warriors player to play an NHL game.

A 22-year-old defenseman, Bourdon played in five regular season games and 10 Kelly Cup playoff games as a member of the Road Warriors in 2010-11. He registered two assists during the regular season and added three helpers during post-season play.

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SPOTLIGHT: PROSPECT BUILDING

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers have always put a competitive top affiliate in Hartford, one that appears poised to compete for a 14th playoff berth in 15 seasons.

But in the late 1990s and early 2000s, there weren’t many top young prospects cruising around the Hartford Civic Center. Sure the Wolf Pack won the only professional hockey title in Hartford history in 2000, but even that team was filled with veterans such as captain/now Connecticut Whale coach Ken Gernander, Derek Armstrong, Brad Smyth, Jason Dawe, Terry Virtue, Drew Bannister and J.F. Labbe.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO A GREAT GUY!

We’ve had the good pleasure of speaking and working with Michael Kahn, the owner of the Charlotte Checkers, who today became a part-owner of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Mr. Kahn is just an absolute pleasure to deal with and one of the smartest people we’ve ever had the good pleasure to deal with in hockey. I know this was something that was a goal for him and something he really wanted so we wish him all the best.

Here’s the official release:

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BABY RANGERS COME UP SHORT IN TRAVERSE FINAL

BY: Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers prospects team felt it had a lot more to do and give Wednesday night after a lackluster effort during most of an overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in their robin-round finale Tuesday afternoon.

The Rangers didn’t consistently have the speed, grit and play making that they had shown in convincing wins over the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars, and there would be no better time to atone for the unimpressive performance than against the Buffalo Sabres in the championship game of the prospects tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

BY: Bruce Berlet

And on the third day, they rested – deservedly so.

Yes, Monday was an off day for the New York Rangers’ prospects team that moved to 2-0 in a tournament in Traverse City, Mich., with a 6-2 romp over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night. Left wing Ryan Bourque, son of NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, had two goals to increase his total to a team-high three in two games and a team record eight in three tournament appearances. The Rangers broke open the game with third-period goals by Jason Wilson, Andrew Yogan and Bourque.

J.T. Miller, the Rangers’ first-round pick (15th overall) in June, Shane McColgan and Bourque scored in the first period, when Scott Stajcer enabled the Blueshirts to enjoy a 3-1 lead by making 14 of his 26 saves. The Rangers allowed a power-play goal with only 17 seconds left in the second period that got the Stars to 3-2 and gave them a 25-20 shot advantage. But after a plea from coach Ken Gernander for better skating and pressure on Stars goalie Jack Campbell, the Rangers got the first 14 shots of the third period in amassing a 19-3 advantage in the final 20 minutes.

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CT WHALE SCHEDULE RELEASED

For the Connecticut Whale this is going to be an interesting season. They have long road stretches mixed with a couple of decent home dates and then a gigantic homestand near the end of the season.

The have three back-to-back games with the same team. The first with St. Johns, last season’s Manitoba Moose, on the road November 12 and 13 and then in Norfolk on January 13 and 14. They get a pair with Portland at home on March 18 and 23.

The Whale will also take part in two 11am starting times. The first in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers on November 2nd and then at the XL Center on February 28th against the Worcester Sharks.

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NHL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Nhl_logoHere is the NHL released pre-season schedule. New York Rangers games are in BLUE, New Jersey Devils in RED and the New York Islanders in ORANGE.

The 2011-12 NHL regular season opens Oct. 6.

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