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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME AHL?

2011-12 AHL REGULAR-SEASON SCHEDULE TO BE RELEASED THURSDAY

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … Pending its approval by the Board of Governors, the American Hockey League’s 2011-12 regular-season schedule will be released on Thursday, August 18, at 4:00 p.m. ET.

The schedule will be available for viewing and download on the official Web site of the American Hockey League, theahl.com.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for the players, coaches, managers, executives and broadcasters of all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 87 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 10th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2010-11.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Phoenix Coyotes continue to have a Hartford Whalers look behind the bench.

Former Whalers and New Haven Nighthawks wing John Anderson has signed a multi-year contract to be a Coyotes assistant coach under former Whalers wing Dave Tippett. Anderson and Jim Playfair, who also has NHL head coaching experience with the Calgary Flames, replace former Whalers and Rangers defenseman Ulf Samuelsson, who became head coach of Modo in his native Sweden on May 2, and Dave King, who was named a development coach last week.

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BREAKING NEWS

Sources have confirmed that New York Rangers  / Connecticut Whale restricted free agent Dale Weise has resigned with the team.

Weise’s signed for one year on a two-way deal that pays him $605K at the NHL level and a nice boost at the AHL level should he play there.

The Manitoba native will have to pass through waivers on any demotion from New York including at the end of training camp or if he is recalled.

“I’m ecstatic to be returning to the Rangers organization and getting a shot at playing in the NHL for an Original Six team,” The 23 year-old right winger told Howlings. “I’m working harder than I ever have this summer and I’ll come into camp in the best shape of my life. I’ve been told that the expectations are high for me this season and that I’ll have a great opportunity to come into camp and make the team, and really that’s all anyone can ask for is a chance… I intend to take full advantage of it and be a New York Ranger on opening night.”

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

After a 15-year absence, the NHL is returning to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

After weeks of denial by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and other league officials, True North Sports and Entertainment announced a conditional purchase of the financially strapped Atlanta Thrashers. Lawyers worked through the night on deal, with the final piece put in place Tuesday morning. Bettman told reporters at a news conference in Winnipeg that he took a conference call with the principles at 4:30 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday.

True North, headed by billionaire David Thomson and Mark Chipman, negotiated with the Atlanta Spirit Group to buy the Thrashers, who reportedly lost more than $300 million since 2005. Thomson is Canada’s richest man and chairman of the news and information company Thomson Reuters. Chipman’s family owns auto dealerships and real estate in Manitoba, and Chipman is governor of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose and former chairman of the executive committee of the AHL Board of Governors.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Manny Malhotra Miracle Saga took another major positive step Saturday.

And the former Hartford Whalers and New York Rangers forward had a difficult time hiding his emotions in his first media interview since a deflected puck to his left eye in a game against the Colorado Avalanche on March 16 seemingly ended his season and threatened his career.

Instead, the Vancouver Canucks center was cleared to play in the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins that begin Wednesday night in Vancouver, improving his status from a spiritual leader to a possible contributor for pro hockey’s most cherished prize.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Though NHL officials still deny a report the Atlanta Thrashers are about to relocate to Winnipeg, Manitoba, leading to the AHL’s Moose moving to St. John’s, Newfoundland, fans and officials in Atlanta might have already said and heard otherwise.

Only about 200 Thrashers fans showed up Saturday to tailgate outside Philips Arena for the team’s annual “select-a-seat” event held for current and potential season ticket holders to check out the seats, look at the ice and talk about the upcoming NHL draft. And it hardly helped that Harry the Hawk, the mascot of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks that are also owned by the Atlanta Spirit Group, rode up on a scooter, hopped off and handed out high-fives before stopping to put his mouth over the head of a bystanders wearing a Thrashers jersey.

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RANGERS LAST GAME – WIN AND THEN KEEP FINGERS CROSSED

clip_image002NY RANGERS vs. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, Apr. 9, 12:30 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Rangers: 43-33-5 (91 pts)
Devils: 37-38-5 (79 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 7

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils tomorrow, Apr. 9, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), in their 2010-11 regular season finale. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43-33-5 (91 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-0, on Thursday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-4-1 in their last 15 contests. New York is 5-1-1 in their last seven games at MSG. The Devils enter the contest with a 37-38-5 (79 pts) record to rank 12th in the Eastern Conference, and have won three of their last five games.

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ATLANTA BURNS DOWN NEW YORK

New York Rangers VERSUS Atlanta

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES AND QUOTES

April 7, 2011 – NY Rangers 0, Atlanta Thrashers 3 (Game No. 81, Home No. 40)

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CLINCHER???

clip_image002NY RANGERS vs. ATLANTA THRASHERS
Thursday, Apr. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
Rangers: 41-30-5 (87 pts)
Sabres: 38-28-9 (85 pts)
* All information through NHL games on Apr. 5

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Atlanta Thrashers tomorrow, Apr. 7, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the penultimate game of their 2010-11 regular season schedule. The Blueshirts currently rank third in the Atlantic Division standings, and eighth in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 43-32-5 (91 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having defeated the Boston Bruins, 5-3, on Monday at Madison Square Garden, and are now 10-3-1 in their last 14 contests. New York is 5-0-1 in their last six games at MSG. The Thrashers enter the contest with a 33-34-12 (78 pts) record to rank 11th in the Eastern Conference, and have lost three of their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, Apr. 9, at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m.), to conclude their 2010-11 regular season schedule.

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RANGERS THRASHED BY LATE GOALS

New York R VERSUS    Atlanta

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES
February 11, 2011 – New York Rangers 2, Atlanta Thrashers 3 (Game No. 57, Away No. 30)

*       The Rangers were defeated by the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-2, tonight at Philips Arena, and are now 29-24-4 overall with a 17-12-1 mark on the road.

*       Fifteen of the Blueshirts’ last 19 games have been decided by one goal, including eight of their last 11 road games.

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