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SPOTLIGHT: ROSTER FLUX

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Suspensions to Kris Newbury and Andre Deveaux impacted both the New York Ranger and Connecticut Whale rosters Thursday and Friday.

Newbury, the Connecticut Whale’s fifth-leading scorer despite missing five games while on recall to the Rangers, received a four-game suspension from the AHL on Tuesday for an illegal check to the head of Bridgeport Sound Tigers left wing Justin DiBenedetto in a 3-2 overtime victory last Friday night. Newbury missed a 3-2 overtime victory over Portland on Wednesday night, sat out a 6-2 loss at Bridgeport on Friday night and has to miss games Saturday night at Springfield and Tuesday night at home against Hershey, the first Battle of the Bourque Brothers – Ryan of the Whale and Chris of the Bears.

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SPOTLIGHT: THE WELLAND CONNECTION

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

It’s almost something out of Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

Then again, even Ripley’s might not believe this tale.

Two decades ago, Dan Girardi and Andre Deveaux lived five minutes apart in Welland, Ontario, Canada, and spent many a day shooting at targets in a net that Girardi’s father had set up at the end of the driveway.

“We played games for candy or chocolate bars,” a smiling Girardi said after the New York Rangers’ 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night. “When my parents sold their house, the shed about 50 yards behind it was covered in holes, absolutely mangled, from us missing the net after keeping the fence open where we placed the net. They didn’t fix the shed, just sold it as is. There were a lot of good memories there for sure.”

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – DEVEAUX, IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE

BY: Bruce Berlet

Upon reflection, Andre Deveaux had one overriding thought.

“I’m just happy I wasn’t hurt,” Deveaux said.

Happy, indeed.

Deveaux, a noted tough guy, is the latest victim of a seemingly increasing number of senseless hits from behind and the blind side that have unfortunately invaded hockey. Deveaux was run face-first into the boards when the Flyers’ Tom Sestito took a major-league run at the New York Rangers right wing Monday night in Philadelphia. Defenseman Stu Bickel, who played for the Connecticut Whale last season, immediately came to Deveaux’s defense and pummeled Sestito as a melee broke out. Veteran pest Sean Avery also was a major help, and Sestito received a five-minute major for boarding, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct.

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