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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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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

While the Rangers tried to peddle Evgeny Grachev for a year before trading the forward to the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, they have no interest in dealing fellow Russian and former Hartford Wolf Pack center Artem Anisimov.

That’s hardly surprising after how much Anisimov improved last season, especially when skating between former Wolf Pack players Brandon Dubinsky and alternate captain Ryan Callahan, the team’s top two scorers.

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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

More future Connecticut Whale players will be selected in the NHL draft Friday night and Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.

The parent New York Rangers have the 15th pick and are likely to take a forward considering goaltending is in good hands for years with Henrik Lundqvist, who is getting married this summer in his native Sweden, and the defense is full of youngsters such as former Hartford Wolf Pack blueliners Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Michael Sauer, Ryan McDonagh. And Michael Del Zotto who played in the NHL and AHL last season before being sidelined March 5 with a broken hand sustained when hit by a puck in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Springfield Falcons.

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New York RangersBY: Adam Gavriel

In our ever-expanding pursuit of making Howlings.net the best coverage possible on the entire New York Rangers organization, we have been looking long and hard for a young person who could write well, knew the Blueshirts and could share what they felt in an intelligent, cognitive and logical way. We think we’ve found that person in Adam Gavriel.

Adam has been writing his Rangers-centric blog, NYRBlueshirts.com for the past couple of years. Adam is NOT a professional journalist, but he is an avid hockey fan and his passion is the New York Rangers.

Adam begins his new column writing strictly from the fan perspective about things concerning the Rangers. We’re calling it Fan-Fare.

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bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Chris Drury, one of the all-time winners from his Little League days in Trumbull to the NHL, apparently has played his final game with the New York Rangers.

Reports throughout the New York media say the Rangers will buy out the final year of captain/center Drury’s five-year, $35.25 million contract.

“He’s gone,” a source told the New York Daily News.

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CaptureAs Howlings reported last night, Mats Zuccarello sustained a serious injury in the first period of Game Five against the Portland Pirates.

The word out of the various New York media websites that it has been confirmed that “The Norwegian Hobbit” broke his hand, likely from a slash that went uncalled, and is done for the season.

Zuccarello will be seeing a hand specialist to see if surgery is necessary, but it is fully believed that the rookie will be ready on time for his second season with the New York Rangers organization by training camp regardless.

(Photo courtesy of Kathy Willens – AP)


New York Rangers VERSUS   Washington

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One
April 13, 2011 – New York Rangers 1, Washington Capitals 2 (OT)

Official Game Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/GS030111.HTM

Official Event Summary: http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20102011/ES030111.HTM

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New York RangersThe New York beat reporters are all reporting that Kris Newbury has been returned to the Connecticut Whale. Below you’ll find the official release.

In regards to the Ryan Callahan injury, its being reported that it’s non-surgical, but according to Head Coach John Tortorella, “It’s long term.”

Apparently for the time being, Matt Gilroy will return to the New York Ranger’s lineup and play right wing. Gilroy was originally a forward and was converted to defense in college. The plus side of this is that although he’ll theoretically be playing out of position, it will give a defensive minded presence on the ice. It will also give the offensive mindset that Gilroy has in him the chance to come to the surface

In other news out of New York, captain and Connecticut native Chris Drury will begin full practicing on Wednesday. While the team is not giving a timetable, and while Drury is saying they can’t rush him back, this loss of Callahan will absolutely speed up Drury’s return. But the big question is, does Drury have anything left in the tank to contribute? On the bright side, he should be very fresh as he’s only played in ironically, 23 games (og, 4a) due to a twice broken finger and a knee operation.

Here’s the official release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that forward Kris Newbury has been assigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Newbury, 29, did not dress in last night’s 5-3 victory vs. Boston at Madison Square Garden.  He has registered one assist and 35 penalty minutes in 11 games this season.  He made his Blueshirts debut at Montreal on January 15, and recorded his first point as a Ranger with the primary assist on the game-tying goal in a 3-2 shootout win at Atlanta on January 22.

Newbury returns to Connecticut where he has registered 16 goals and 42 assists for 58 points, along with 128 penalty minutes in 67 AHL games with Connecticut this season.  He has established career-highs in assists and shots on goal (192), and leads the team in points and assists, is tied for first on the Whale in game-winning goals, fourth in goals, and ranks fifth in penalty minutes.  Newbury led Connecticut with 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and a plus-seven rating in 13 games during the month of March, including a seven-game scoring streak from March 5 at Springfield to March 18 at Manchester (six goals, five assists over the span).  The 5-11, 213-pounder established a career-high with an eight-game assist streak from November 28 vs. Adirondack to December 17 vs. Worcester, recording three goals and 12 assists over the span.

The Brampton, Ontario native was originally San Jose’s fifth round pick, 139th overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.  He was acquired by the Rangers from Detroit in exchange for forward Jordan Owens on March 3, 2010.



From the HUH? Department, yesterday Francis Lemieux and Alexandre Imbeault were released from their PTO‘s. According to the AHL Transactions list, today is word they have both been resigned to PTO’s.

Perhaps it was a paperwork situation, we’ll find that one out later today.

Today is the NHL trade deadline and the word is that the Rangers are very much in on the Brad Richards sweepstakes.

The plethora of rumors flying around have the Rangers sending ex-Wolf Pack Artem Anisimov, a top tier prospect, and a first round draft pick.

The top prospects in the Rangers organization in Hartford are forwards Dale Weise and Evgeny Grachev and on the blueline, they have Tomas Kundratek, and Pavel ValentenkoMichael Del Zotto would have to be on that list as are Ryan McDonagh and Matt Gilroy.

Of all the players mentioned, the one sure thing is that there is ZERO chance that McDonagh is going anywhere.

Dale Weise is also a player who’s name will be included in a lot of talks as will Evgeny Grachev. If you have to give up one of them, Grachev would be the one to turn over. He just doesn’t have the heart, the consistency or the talent to make it at the next level. He can barely sustain it at this level. Maybe a change of scenery changes that, but losing him would not really affect much.

The thing to watch today is if the Rangers are going to replenish some of the players that they’ve lost in Hartford. I know Howard Baldwin would like to see a couple of guys who ca n play on the roster so the team can compete. As it’s currently constituted, it’s going to be a real battle to even make the playoffs.

We will keep you updated throughout the day here on Howlings as well as on our twitter account at twitter.com/howlingstoday.

We are also open for answering any questions you might have going forward. Feel free to send them along.

Here’s the official release:


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Duo Back from Florida of ECHL

HARTFORD, CT:  Connecticut Whale general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that forwards Francis Lemieux and Alexandre Imbeault are returning to the Whale on Professional Tryout (PTO) agreements.  The two had been released from their original PTOs yesterday to return for one game to their ECHL club, the Florida Everblades.

Lemieux, originally signed February 20 by the Whale, is scoreless with two penalty minutes and nine shots on goal in three games in a Whale uniform.  Imbeault, who inked his original PTO February 21, also has gone without a point in three Whale games and has four shots on goal.

Lemieux currently ranks second in the ECHL in points, just one point off the lead, with 28-45-73 in 56 games with the Everblades.  Imbeault, meanwhile, is tied for the ECHL lead in goals-scored, having posted numbers of 31-16-47 in 44 Everblade games.

The Whale’s next action is this Wednesday, March 2, as they return to the XL Center to host the Springfield Falcons in a 7:00 PM game.  There will be a “Harvest-Properties.com Whale Bowl Appreciation Night” promotion for that game, as Harvest-Properties.com Whale Bowl ticket purchasers who present their Harvest-Properties.com Whale Bowl ticket stub at the XL Center ticket office can purchase one $19 or $12 ticket for the March 2 game, and receive a second of equal or lesser value free.  On top of that, the Whale will add a coupon for 15% off all Harvest-Properties.com Whale Bowl merchandise.  The coupon is redeemable at the Whale Pro Shop, which is located in the Hartford Store at 45 Pratt St. in downtown Hartford and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM.  The coupon is good only for Harvest-Properties.com Whale Bowl merchandise.

Tickets for all 2010-11 Whale home games are available now at the XL Center box office, through Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 and on-line at www.ctwhale.com.  Tickets start at $7 each at the XL Center ticket office on game day.

For information on Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages, call (860) 728-3366.

The AHL’s CT Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin.  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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New York Rangers  VERSUS   Washington

February 25, 2011 – New York Rangers 6, Washington Capitals 0 (Game No. 63, Away No. 33)

*       The Rangers defeated the Washington Capitals, 6-0, tonight at Verizon Center to improve to 33-26-4 overall, including a 19-13-1 mark on the road.  New York has now won four of their last six games.

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