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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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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – RYAN GORDON, A PART OF HARTFORD HOCKEY FOREVER

BY: Bruce Berlet

Phyllis and Barry Gordon thoroughly enjoyed the fourth edition of the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale game to benefit the Ryan Gordon/Connecticut Whale Community Scholars Fund, constantly smiling and sharing tales with friends and supporters.

Donations were accepted at the door of the Koeppel Community Sports Center on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford in lieu of an admission charge, and the Wallingford couple again rooted hard for a Whale victory. It ended with a 3-1 loss to the more experienced Albany Devils, but it was fitting that former Hartford Wolf Pack left wing Chad Wiseman scored the first goal, converting his own rebound on a power play, and assisted on the last tally by Darcy Zajac.

Regardless of the outcome, Phyllis and Barry had a special underlying thought Tuesday night.

“If only Ryan could have been here,” Phyllis said. “He would just love that the Whale was back.” Continue reading

BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – McDONAGH, BUILDING A FUTURE IN NEW YORK

BY: Bruce Berlet

A year ago, Ryan McDonagh attended his first NHL training camp after foregoing his senior year after he, Derek Stepan and the University of Wisconsin lost 5-0 in the NCAA title game to Boston College, led by Chris Kreider, considered by many to be the New York Rangers top prospect.

McDonagh and Stepan didn’t know if they’d end up on Broadway or Asylum Street, and it proved to be Broadway for Stepan and Asylum for McDonagh, at least at the start of the season. A strong training camp earned Stepan a spot on the Rangers roster while McDonagh was among the final cuts.

McDonagh struggled for 15-20 pro games with the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale before veteran defenseman Wade Redden and assistant coach J.J. Daignault helped him rediscover his game. On Jan. 3, McDonagh switched places with Michael Del Zotto, who was having his own issues in his second season with the Rangers after being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Continue reading

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.

DESPITE OT LOSS, BABY RANGERS PLAY FOR TRAVERSE CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY NIGHT

BY: Bruce Berlet

Having already clinched a spot in the championship game, the New York Rangers prospects looked to enter their bid for a second tournament title undefeated Tuesday afternoon in Traverse City, Mich.

The winless Carolina Hurricanes provided the opposition, and the Rangers failed to show much of the speed, tenacity and play making they showed in their first two games, losing three leads and a 4-3 decision with 41 seconds left in a second overtime of 3-on-3 on Justin Shugg’s breakaway backhander off a turnover by Christian Thomas.

As Thomas, who scored the Rangers’ third goal with less than a second left in the first period, tried to make a play at the Carolina blue line, Skugg deftly poked away the puck, raced past defenseman/captain Dylan McIlrath and center Jonathan Audy-Marchessault and put a shot between the legs of Jason Missiaen (35 saves).

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RANGERS PROSPECTS KEEP ROLLING

BY: Bruce Berlet

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

J.T. Miller, the Rangers’ first-round pick (15th overall) in June, and Shane McColgan scored in the first period for the Rangers, who got stout goaltending from Scott Stajcer, especially in the opening 20 minutes when he had 14 of his 26 saves.

The Rangers, who beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in their opener Saturday night, play the 0-2 Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at 3 p.m. on the MSG Network and NHL Network. A victory would put the Rangers in the championship game Wednesday at a time to be announced, when they would try to duplicate the 2007 team that won the tournament title. Staal, Dubinsky and former Wolf Pack center Artem Anisimov were members of that team.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

In an extensive interview with “Puck Daddy” at Yahoo! Sports, former Hartford Whalers icon and captain Kevin Dineen discussed his new first NHL head coaching job with the Florida Panthers and his old surroundings in Hartford.

Dineen will have to deal with 12 new faces brought in by Panthers general manager Dale Tallon, who began clearing salary cap space last season and made an extensive overhaul after Pete DeBoer failed to get Florida to the postseason in his three seasons before being fired on April 11 and hired by the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday.

But the moves weren’t made haphazard since Dineen was named coach June 1.

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EX-PACK SANGUINETTI RESIGNS IN CAROLINA

Caolina‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH BOBBY SANGUINETTI

Defenseman signs one-year pact

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Director of Hockey Operations of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti (san-GIH-neh-tee) on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay him $600,000 at the NHL level, and $62,500 at the minor-league level for the 2011-12 season.

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HERE’S A CHALLENGE FOR PUCKY AND SONAR

Chubby, the mascot for the Charlotte Checkers, brought support for his team to NEW HEIGHTS pardon the pun…

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So Pucky & Sonar, you up for a jump?

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The melancholy filtered through the phone line.

Brodie Dupont, the player with the longest standing with the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale, had got his wish this week when he was qualified by the parent New York Rangers.

But Saturday the multi-purpose forward suddenly found himself headed elsewhere.

Dupont, a third-round pick in 2005 who played in his first NHL game last season, was traded to the Nashville Predators for forward Andreas Thuresson.

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