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New York R(From the NY Rangers)


New York, March 29, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has assigned defenseman Tim Erixon to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Erixon, 21, recorded two assists in five games following his recall from Connecticut on March 17, and has tallied two assists in 18 games with the Rangers this season. He made his NHL debut on October 7 against Los Angeles as part of the 2011 NHL Premiere in Stockholm, Sweden, and tallied his first career point with an assist on March 23 vs. Buffalo.

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Connecticut Whale      VERSUS      Wilkes Barre

(We return with our regular coverage starting tonight)

Brian RingBY: Brian Ring

Hartford, CT, March 30, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale were defeated by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-0, Friday night at the XL Center.  Penguins goaltender Scott Munroe blanked the Whale with a 32-save performance, the fourth-straight defeat for the Whale (0-3-1-0).

The Penguins would strike fast and furious in the first period, tallying three goals in a span of 2:12 to get the jump on the Whale for good.

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New York RAs we reported Friday night on @HowlingsToday on Twitter Tim Erixon has been recalled by the New York Rangers.

The official release after the jump…

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Recall Goaltender Chad Johnson from Connecticut (AHL)

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Chad Johnson from the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.

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Connecticut Whale

To Our Valued CT Whale Fans,

Thank you so much for your interest in our team and in our efforts to bring back the great Whaler brand to the city of Hartford and the state of Connecticut. It’s hard to believe we are about to conclude our second year of operation with the team. The next couple of months is going to be a very critical time period for our efforts in Hartford. We therefore wanted to reach out to you directly so you hear from us directly as to what will be transpiring.

The first issue that we must deal with for the future is establishing a long-term and permanent home for the Connecticut Whale at the XL Center — under lease terms that enable us to properly operate our business in a professional manner.  In order for us to be able to operate beyond 2013, we must have a lease arrangement with the XL Center that is competitive with other AHL teams. Right now we are operating under lease terms that are far and away the most onerous in the American Hockey League.

In no way is this meant to be a criticism of the current building management team or anyone else for that matter. We recognize full well that things that were done in the ‘90s have put an unfair burden on current operations at the XL Center, which of course includes us. However, these obligations will no longer exist after next season. Therefore it is imperative that as we go into the future these burdens are no longer passed on to the prime tenant (i.e. the Connecticut Whale). It is our responsibility to you and to all our loyal fans and sponsors to do what we have to do in the next 30-60 days to solidify hockey in Hartford for the next 10 years.

The month of March is an exciting month for the Connecticut Whale. During the month of March and the first half of April we have 12 home games, all on attractive weekend dates. This coming Saturday night, March 10th, we have the first Connecticut Hockey Hall-of-Fame night. This will be an annual event. Some of the players being inducted with this first group are former Whaler greats Mike Liut, Pat Verbeek and Blaine Stoughton as well as our great coach and former Wolf Pack player Ken Gernander, three-time US Olympian Julie Chu as well as former New York Ranger, Hall-of-Famer, Brian Leetch.

The month of March is hockey time. This is a time when playoffs are upcoming and the games are increasingly meaningful. We are counting on your attendance to as many of these games as possible.

Finally, rest assured on behalf of our partnership and each dedicated person that works for the Connecticut Whale, executives, coaches, and players alike, it is a privilege to play in this city and to have your support. Thank you very much.


Howard Baldwin, Chairman/CEO

Howard Baldwin, Jr., President/COO

Whalers Sports & Entertainment/Connecticut Whale


Connecticut Whale     VERSUS      Hershey

(We were unable to attend or watch yesterday’s battle between the Whale and Hershey due to a prior commitment to do our standup comedy at a fundraiser. – It went very well in case you’re interested. Smile We will watch the replay and repost something later.)

Brian RingBY: Brian Ring

Hershey, PA, February 4, 2012 – The Connecticut Whale defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-1, Saturday night at the Giant Center to win their second straight game. Tommy Grant scored twice for the Whale and goaltender Chad Johnson made 39 saves in the victory.

The win, coupled with Bridgeport’s loss to Manchester, moved the Whale back into a share of first place in the Northeast Division with 51 points.

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WHALE WEEKLY: January 23 – 29, 2012

Bob CrawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Voice of the Connecticut Whale

The Whale endured another tough week in the opening month of 2012, suffering a defeat to begin the week’s action Wednesday in Portland, 4-2, before beginning a five-game homestand on Friday night in Hartford. Connecticut managed to salvage two points on the weekend, losing in overtime to St. John’s, 2-1, on Friday, before falling to the Norfolk Admirals, 5-4 in a shootout, on Saturday. Despite gathering just a pair of points in the standings, the Whale managed to maintain their hold on first place in the Northeast Division, two points ahead of the Adirondack Phantoms. Scott Tanski scored three times for the Whale this past weekend, while Erik Christensen added a pair of goals and an assist in the week’s action.

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New York RWith Brandon Dubinsky nursing a shoulder injury and Ruslan Fedotenko suffering from back spasms, Kris Newbury has been recalled from the Connecticut Whale to join the Rangers for their game with the Montreal Canadiens. That’s one long day of travel. A nine-hour ride from Norfolk, VA to Hartford, Connecticut and then a flight up to Montreal for the game with Les Habs. Fortunately for the Whale, they don’t play again until next Wednesday when they travel to Portland for a head-to-head with the Pirates.

Here’s the official release:

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Rookie Backed up in Two Games for Whale

Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned goaltender Jason Missiaen from the Whale to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.

Missiaen served as the Whale’s backup in two games, after joining Connecticut from Greenville Wednesday.  In 10 ECHL games with the Road Warriors, the first-year pro is 5-3-1, with a 2.43 goals-against average, 92.6% save percentage and three shutouts.  He signed as a free agent with the Rangers March 24, 2011

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It was released yesterday that Sut Bickel was called up to the New York Rangers due to the hits to the team’s defensive corps. Now comes word out of the Ranger’s beat reporters that Tim Erixon is ALSO heading up to New York.  Add in the unknown status at this point of Wade Redden, who left Saturday night’s game after crashing into the net with Chad Johnson and Blake Parlett and there is a REAL need for help on the blueline in the Connecticut capitol.

The Whale recalled Lee Baldwin from Greenville today; that takes care of one,  but it’s a safe bet that someone else will be heading up north from Greenville as well at least on a temporary basis. The two most likely to come would be Wes Cunningham, who just played for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on a call-up or perhaps Jyri Niemi.