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BY: Bruce Berlet

Talk about a worthwhile confab.

The Houston Aeros were floundering in January when coach Mike Yeo, elevated to coach of the parent Minnesota Wild on June 17, called a team meeting.

“It was a decision that we decided to make and kind of a story that we wanted to tell,” South Windsor native and Aeros captain/right wing Jon DiSalvatore said during the sixth annual Pete Asadourian Pro Hockey Camp that ended with a public scrimmage Friday night at Champions Skating Center. “We were kind of struggling, had a little team meeting and were probably the hottest team in the league in the second half.

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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Good news and bad news today on the “used to be on the local hockey market scene.”

First, the Phoenix Coyotes, who are NOT moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba, signed former Hartford Wolf Pack and New York Rangers goalie Jason LaBarbera to a two-year contract extension.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but the unrestricted free agent earned $1 million this season to be the backup to Ilya Bryzgalov, who made $4.2 million. So it’s safe to assume former Rangers assistant general manager/Wolf Pack GM Don Maloney gave LaBarbera at least some kind of raise after he was 7-6-3 with a 3.26 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and two shutouts in 17 games in his second season with the Coyotes.

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bruce mug shot 1South Windsor native and Houston Aeros captain Jon DiSalvatore has had the season of his life while leading the Western Conference champions within two victories of their second Calder Cup title.

DiSalvatore had a career-high 28 goals in the regular season and scored with 1:13 left in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to give the Aeros a 3-2 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs and former Hartford Wolf Pack and New York Rangers wing Nigel Dawes.

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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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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Connecticut Whale has made the offseason a lot more pleasant and relaxing for Jared Nightingale.

The Whale exercised their 2011-12 option on the AHL contract of the unrestricted defenseman six weeks before the parent New York Rangers had to make an offer by the July 1 deadline.

So instead of wondering his status for next season, Nightingale is free to work out and practice with close friend Zak McClellan while working odd jobs for the business of Zak’s dad in Frankenmuth, Mich.

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bruce mug shot 1By: Bruce Berlet

Talk about being way off base.

Larry Brooks, longtime New York Rangers beat writer for the New York Post, rightfully took George Laraque to task in his column Sunday for saying the NHL team somehow turned their back on Derek Boogaard in his time of need.

Laraque told NHL HOME ICE on SiriusXM Radio that the Rangers handled Boogaard poorly and criticized coach John Tortorella for his feelings about the left wing/enforcer.

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We participated in “The New York Rangers Casino Night several times as a fan prior to exchanging fan status for professional reporting on the organization. As someone trying to maintain a professional relationship with the players & officials, it’s not really appropriate for us to go anymore.

However, we found the experience of going to “Casino Night” one of the most fun things that we’d ever done as a fan. It’s just a great opportunity to get to meet the players in a really exciting, different and fun environment.

We’ll share this one funny anecdote that happened several years ago at “Casino Night.”

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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.