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TRAVERSE CITY HERE WE COME…

MSG NETWORK TELECASTING RANGER TEAM ACTION IN UPCOMING TRAVERSE CITY NHL PROSPECTS TOURNAMENT

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All of the Ranger team’s action in the upcoming Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament will be broadcast live on Madison Square Garden Network, affording local media the opportunity to obtain early highlights of a number of players likely to be major contributors on the 2011-12 Connecticut Whale squad.  The prospects tournament, which is a prelude to the opening of NHL training camps, takes place this Saturday, September 10 through September 14 in Traverse City, Michigan.

WHO/WHAT:     Connecticut Whale head coach Ken Gernander, and assistant coaches J.J. Daigneault and Pat Boller, will be leading a team of New York Ranger prospects into battle against the top prospects from eight other NHL teams in the annual Traverse City NHL Prospects Tournament, put on by the Detroit Red Wings in Traverse City, MI.  Madison Square Garden Network will air all four of the Ranger team’s games in the tournament live. Among the players to watch on the Rangers’ Prospects Tournament Roster, from a Connecticut Whale perspective:

  • Ryan Bourque (F) – son of NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque, and third-round Ranger draft pick
  • Tim Erixon (D) – son of long-time Ranger stalwart Jan Erixon, and first-round Calgary Flames draftee
  • Carl Hagelin (F) – Swedish import saw playoff action with Whale, after finishing his college career at U. Michigan
  • Blake Parlett (D) – Had 2-10-12 in 24 games with the Whale last year, after callup from Greenville of the ECHL
  • Jason Missiaen (G) – Tallest goaltender in pro hockey, at 6-8, practiced with Whale last year after finishing his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season
  • Andrew Yogan (F) – Notched 2-1-3 in two games with the Whale at the end of last season, out of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Jyri Niemi (D) – Finnish import played 46 games with the Whale as a rookie last year
  • Tommy Grant (F) – finished last season with Whale, at the end of his college year at U. Alaska-Anchorage
  • Scott Stajcer (G) – Helped lead Ontario Hockey League’s Owen Sound Attack to Canada’s Memorial Cup tournament last year
  • Jason Wilson (F) – fifth-round 2010 draft pick from the Ontario Hockey League
  • Kale Kerbashian (F) – AHL contract signee out of the Ontario Hockey League
  • Lee Baldwin (D) – split last season between the Whale and Greenville of the ECHL
  • Jonathan Audy-Marchessault (F) – signed to an AHL contract after leading Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in playoff scoring
  • Randy McNaught (F) – bruising 6-4, 217-pounder out of the Western Hockey League

WHEN:             Ranger tournament Games are:

Saturday, September 10 vs. St. Louis – 7:00 PM faceoff                                     Sunday, September 11 vs. Dallas – 6:00 PM faceoff
Tuesday, September 23 vs. Carolina – 3:30 PM faceoff                                     Wednesday, September 14 – Placement Game – Time TBD

WHERE:           All Ranger team tournament games will be telecast live on MSG Network.

FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

The Hartford Whalers  NHL Alumni Coaching Tree continued to grow Friday.

Former Whalers wing Randy Cunneyworth and defenseman Randy Ladouceur were reunited as assistants to Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin.

Cunneyworth and Ladouceur worked together for the first time with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs last season, helping the Canadiens’ top affiliate to a 44-27-2-7 record in the regular season and a trip to the Western Conference finals, where they lost in seven games to the Houston Aeros.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

With a last name synonymous with hockey greatness, one would think Ryan Bourque has been a rink rat almost from the time he departed the womb.

Well, think again.

Unlike Hall of Fame father Ray and older brother Chris, Ryan left hockey-mad Boston for Denver before realizing at age 11 that the sport featuring skates, sticks and pucks was more enjoyable than soccer.

But now Ryan is on the verge of a professional hockey career thanks largely to guidance from dad and bro’ that led to being the New York Rangers’ third-round pick in 2009.

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A NEW KID IN TOWN AND OTHER AHL NEWS

Connecticut WhaleWe don’t know anything about Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, but if he can put the kind of numbers up in the American League as he did in the QMJHL, then he’ll be  lethal addition to the offense.

Question is though, hasn’t the organization already been down the smaller guy / scorer, trip a ton of times already? The Whale need more size. GM Jim Schoenfeld certainly knows that and those signings are likely still to come.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

For those New York Rangers/Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale fans worrying about center Artem Anisimov not filing for arbitration on the deadline Tuesday, stop fretting.

Anisimov, who played two seasons with the Wolf Pack before improving immensely the last two years on Broadway, is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights off his entry-level deal.

Anisimov’s former Wolf Pack teammates and 2010-11 linemates Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan (when not injured) and defenseman Michael Sauer, along with center Brian Boyle filed for arbitration by the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday. The filings were especially significant because it eliminated the chance of another team giving an offer sheet to any of the players and a long contract hassle extending into the start of training camp Sept. 15.

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TESSIER SIGNS

Connecticut WhaleThe Connecticut Whale announced the resigning of forward Kelsey Tessier, returning to Head Coach Ken Gernander one of his most versatile and hardest working players for a second season on the XL Center ice.

Tessier had a very strong rookie campaign for the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate. While playing mostly in a third and fourth line capacity on both wing and at center, Tessier put 10g, 18a for 28pts on his stat sheet in 75 games.

Here is the official release:

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YOUNGSTERS PACKING FOR SUMMER CAMP

New York Rangers2011 RANGERS PROSPECT DEVELOPMENT CAMP

New York, June 26, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club will hold the 2011 Prospect Development Camp, Monday, June 27th – Friday, July 1st, at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.  The camp will bring together several of the team’s top prospects, including Christian Thomas, Tim Erixon, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Bourque, and Dylan McIlrath.  In addition, players selected at the NHL Entry Draft on Friday and Saturday in Minnesota, including first round selection J.T. Miller, will participate in the camp.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

With goaltending and defense in lots of good hands, it wasn’t surprising the New York Rangers’ first four picks in the NHL draft Friday night and Saturday were forwards.

With the 15th pick, the Rangers chose center/left wing Jonathan T. Miller, who led Team USA in scoring with four goals and nine assists in six games en route to winning the gold medal in the Under-18 World Junior Championship in Germany. He tied for third among all skaters in points and was selected by tournament coaches as Team USA’s top player in the elite event.

Miller’s selection at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., came with some emotion, as it was announced by Aaron Boogaard, the younger brother of Derek Boogaard, the Rangers’ left wing who died at 28 at his apartment in Minneapolis on May 13. Boogaard, whose late brother was a seventh-round pick of the host Minnesota Wild in 2001, was introduced by Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1BY: Bruce Berlet

Veteran right wing Jeremy Williams, the Connecticut Whale’s leading goal scorer and only AHL All-Star last season, won’t be returning to Hartford.

The 27-year-old Williams wasn’t offered a new contract by the parent New York Rangers and has signed a one-year deal with the EC Salzburg Red Bulls in the Austrian Elite League, where his opponents will include former Hartford Wolf Pack players Craig Weller, Cory Larose, Marvin Degon, Francois Fortier, Mike Ouellette, Burke Henry and Tyler Donati.

In his only season with the Whale, Williams led the team with 32 goals, tying his career high with the Grand Rapids Griffins the previous season, and was second in points with 55, six behind center and close friend Kris Newbury, who is signed for next season. Williams was scoreless in one game with the Rangers.

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FROM THE CREASE with BRUCE BERLET

bruce mug shot 1By Bruce Berlet

The New York Rangers and Connecticut Whale have another goalie prospect to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

Scott Stajcer, the Rangers’ fifth-round pick in 2009 and a possible Whale goalie next season, has led Owen Sound into the Ontario Hockey League championship series for the Robertson Cup starting Tuesday night at the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in Ontario.