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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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Andrew Gross reports on his Twitter page from Connecticut Whale training camp at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell, CT stated that Chad Kolarik’s injury that has kept him out of virtually everything to this point, has been diagnosed as a torn ACL. Kolarik will have surgery on Tuesday and will miss at least six months.

Kolarik’s injury is a big blow for a young Whale team that historically has had some trouble scoring goals early in a season. It is also a major setback for Kolarik, who came to the Whale last season in a trade for then captain Dane Byers, who was hoping to have a big season to expand upon a productive 2010-2011 season where he notched a combined 21g, 20a for 41pts in 49 games played between Springfield and Hartford.

Kolarik also got his first taste of NHL action playing in four games with the Rangers and tallied an assist for his first NHL point.

Ken Gernander and his staff will need to find a way to pull together the young talent on the roster and others will need to step up to fill that offensive role.

Our best wishes to Chad Kolarik for a full and speedy recovery.


New York RangersAndrew Gross is reporting on his twitter account that Marty Biron has broken his collarbone at practice today and is out indefinitely.

Cam Talbot has been recalled from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL to replace him on the Rangers bench.

As the saying goes, “Here we go again..”


New York R VERSUS Carolina

Connecticut Whale fans watching Thursday night’s game between the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes saw many of their AHL favorites in the Blueshirts lineup. Dale Weise, Kris Newbury, were up front while Ryan McDonagh continued to impress on the defensive side of the puck. Chad Kolarik, just called up Wednesday made his NHL Debut in the Rangers 4-1 defeat.

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Connecticut WhaleAndrew Gross and Larry Brooks are both reporting on their Twitter accounts that Michael Del Zotto has been sent to the Connecticut Whale to find his game and that Ryan McDonagh has been summoned to New York to take his place.

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Connecticut WhaleLee Baldwin has been reassigned by the Whale to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors.

There is a lot of speculation out there that this move is a pre-cursor to Todd White, who cleared waivers , to be sent to the Whale. Continue reading


New York RAccording to a TSN Analyst, the Wolf Pack could soon be getting some more help from the parent New York Rangers as Bob McKenzie reports that the Blueshirts have placed center Todd White on waivers. If White clears waivers at noon Saturday he would report to the Wolf Pack. He cleared waivers the first time when the team put him there on October 6th.

Should be interesting to see how this whole thing plays out. Wade Redden has handled it about as well as can be expected. How does White handle it when he’s getting $2,375,000 this season.

Andrew Gross, of The Bergen Record, on his Twitter account is saying this is just a paper transaction.


Here’s the biggest surprise to date…Evgeny Grachev is being called up by the New York Rangers according to Andrew Gross of The Record and Steve Zipay of Newsday…

This is Grachev’s second recall but is likely the first time he will play. Hopefully he plays better in New York than what he’s shown in Hartford, which to be fair, has not been much.

Here’s the official release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Evgeny Grachev has been recalled from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Grachev, 20, was ranked 21st overall among NHL prospects by The Hockey News on their 2010 Future Watch list.  He has registered one goal and one assist in nine games with Hartford this season.  Grachev tallied his first point of the season with a goal, and finished with a plus-three rating on October 10 vs. Worcester.  He also recorded the primary assist on the game winning goal with 4:58 remaining in a 2-1 win on October 16 at Bridgeport.

Last season, the 6-4, 224-pounder led all Hartford rookies in assists (16), points (28) and power play goals (four), and tied for first on the Wolf Pack in goals (12).  Grachev also tied for sixth on the team in goals, eighth in points and ninth in assists.  He registered five multi-point efforts, including three multi-goal performances, and recorded a season-high, four-game scoring streak from October 9 at Providence to October 16 at Portland (one goal and three assists).  Grachev notched his first professional point with a power play goal on October 9 at Providence, and made his professional debut on October 3 at Binghamton.

The Khabarovsk, Russia native was originally the Rangers’ third round choice, 75th overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

The Rangers return to action tomorrow when they will face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), to close out their three-game homestand.  The contest is the first game of a back-to-back set for the Blueshirts, who will travel to Toronto to face-off against the Maple Leafs on Saturday, October 30 at the Air Canada Centre (7:00 p.m.)



October 2, 2010 – New York Rangers 5 at Ottawa Senators 8 [Pre-Season Game: 6; Away Game: 3]

* The New York Rangers were defeated by the Ottawa Senators, 8-5, tonight at Scotiabank Place, to conclude their 2010-2011 pre-season schedule with a 4-2-0 record, including a 1-2-0 mark away from MSG.

* Todd White led the Rangers with two goals, registered a plus-two rating and won a team-high, eight face-offs in 16 attempts (50%). His second goal of the contest at 16:33 of the second period was the Rangers’ third shorthanded tally of the pre-season, which ranks first in the NHL. White finished his pre-season campaign with four points (two goals and two assists) in four games.

* Ruslan Fedotenko tallied the only assist on White’s second period shorthanded goal, and led the Rangers with a plus-three rating. Fedotenko was tied for sixth in the NHL in assists and ninth in points entering tonight’s contest. He finished the pre-season ranked first on the team with six assists, seven points and a plus-five rating in five games.

* Rookie Derek Stepan extended his goal streak to three games with an even strength tally at 8:03 of the second period, assisted by goaltender Martin Biron (20 saves). Stepan finished the pre-season tied for first on the Rangers with three goals, and added two assists for five points in five games.

* Artem Anisimov recorded the Rangers’ first goal of the game with an even strength tally at 11:23 of the first period, assisted by rookie Dale Weise who was recalled from Hartford (AHL) earlier today. Anisimov tied for first on the team with three goals in five pre-season games.

* Forward Mats Zuccarello notched his first goal as a Ranger at 6:13 of the third period following his recall from Hartford (AHL) earlier today. Zuccarello’s goal was assisted by Tim Kennedy, who finished his pre-season campaign with two assists in four games.

* Brandon Dubinsky registered the primary assist on White’s even strength goal at 3:11 of the second period, and led the team with five shots on goal. Matt Gilroy also assisted on White’s first goal of the game, and finished the pre-season ranked second among team defensemen with three points (one goal and two assists) in five games.

* Forward Brandon Prust led all skaters with four hits in the contest, and logged 17:32 of ice time.

* The Rangers do not have practice scheduled for tomorrow, October 3. The Blueshirts next practice is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. on Monday, October 4, at the MSG Training Center.

* New York will begin their 2010-2011 regular season schedule vs. the Buffalo Sabres, on Saturday, October 9 (7:00 p.m.), at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, marking the third consecutive season the Blueshirts will open the season on the road.

Andrew Gross of the Bergen Record reports that all-around good guy and ex-Pack and ex-Ranger Jed Ortmeyer has been released by the NY Islanders as has ex-Pack Anders Eriksson. Both were released from Try-Out agreements.

Hopefully Ortmeyer will be picked up by someone. Ortmeyer leaves his heart and guts on the ice with every shift and is an all-around terrific person.