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SPOTLIGHT: MARK HOWE

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Though three of the four inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night played with the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs, it was former New England and Hartford Whalers left wing/defenseman Mark Howe who stole the show.

Leading a quartet of greats to the podium that also included goalie Ed Belfour and forwards Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour, Howe ended his five-minute speech by fulfilling a request of his Hall of Fame father, Gordie “Mr. Hockey” Howe. Not long after Mark retired in 1995 following a 21-year pro career that ended with the Detroit Red Wings, for whom his dad started his record 32-year run, Gordie told his son he had had just one unfulfilled wish.

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SPOTLIGHT: AUDY-MARCHESSAULT

Bruce Berlet 7BY: Bruce Berlet

Whale rookie Jonathan Audy-Marchessault brings some of the qualities of former Wolf Pack right wing P.A.  Parenteau, as Greenville Road Warriors coach Dean Stork noticed before wanting to sign him for his ECHL team. Unfortunately for Stork, Audy-Marchessault played so well as an invite on the Rangers’ team in the prospects tournament in September in Traverse City, Mich., that he got invited to Rangers camp. When he continued to show well, he earned a spot with the Whale and is now the team’s leading scorer, after getting a goal and an assist Saturday night.

Audy-Marchessault’s goal came on a 35-foot laser from the top of the right circle that cleanly beat Jeff Frazee high to the glove side. He later assisted on rookie Carl Hagelin’s goal off a second primary assist by veteran defenseman Wade Redden. Gernander also put Audy-Marchessault in the fifth and final spot in the shootout. He tried a Denis Savard spin-o-rama move that Frazee stopped, but when Matt Taormina hit the post to the left of Cam Talbot (18 saves), the Whale won the shootout on goals by Zuccarello (brilliant slow-moving fake and deke to the backhand) and defenseman Brendan Bell (quick wrist shot). Zuccarello had nearly won the game 1:17 into overtime, but he hit the post for the second time and then looked skyward in disbelief.

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STRALMAN SIGNS

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In yet another sign that Marc Staal may be out for a LONG time, the New York Rangers have announced that they have signed defenseman Anton Stralman to a deal. While the team does not announce terms, TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that it is a one-year $900K deal.

Stralman was in the New Jersey Devils’ training camp in the pre-season.

Here is the official release:

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RANGERS LOOKING TO GET STRAIGHT

clip_image002NY RANGERS vs. OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Oct. 29, 3:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Rangers: 3-3-2 (8 pts)
Senators: 5-5-0 (10 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Oct. 27

TOMORROW’S GAME:
The Rangers will face-off against the Ottawa Senators tomorrow at Madison Square Garden (3:00 p.m.), in the second game of their six-game homestand. The Blueshirts currently rank fourth in the Atlantic Division standings, and 11th in the Eastern Conference, with a record of 3-3-2 (8 pts). The Rangers enter tomorrow’s contest having been defeated by the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, on Thursday in their 2011-12 home opener at Madison Square Garden, and have now won three of their last five games. The loss ended the Blueshirts’ franchise record seven-game point streak in home openers, dating back to the 2003-04 season (4-0-1-2 over the span). Tomorrow’s contest marks the Rangers’ sixth consecutive game against a Canadian opponent. The Senators enter the contest with a 5-5-0 (10 pts) record to rank eighth in the Eastern Conference, and have won their last four games. Following tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will face-off against the San Jose Sharks on Monday, Oct. 31, at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.), in the third game of their six-game homestand.

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RANGERS DROP HOME OPENER

New York Rangers     VERSUS     Toronto

NEW YORK RANGERS POST-GAME NOTES

October 27, 2011 (Game 8, Home Game 1)

Madison Square GardenNew York, New York

 

 

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BREAKING IN THE NEW GARDEN

clip_image002NY RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m.
Madison Square GardenNew York, New York
Rangers: 3-2-2 (8 pts)
Maple Leafs: 5-2-1 (11 pts)

* All information through NHL games on Oct. 25

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DEFENSE PLAYER MOVES IN DANBURY AND HARTFORD

The AHL transactions page has the news that Brendan Bell has been returned to the Connecticut Whale from the NY Rangers. Bell, 6’1, 205 pounds from Ottawa, Ontario Canada, played in one game for the Blueshirts this season and did not register any points or PIM and was a minus-1.

Meanwhile in the FHL, sources indicate that the Danbury Whalers have traded for defenseman Paul Arnott, a very popular player with the team last season. Arnott, a Holly, Michigan native, had two goals and seven assists in 25 games in The Hat City last season.

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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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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – WADE REDDEN, YEAR TWO

BY: Bruce Berlet

Despite spending a pleasant summer in picturesque Kelowna, British Columbia, with his wife and young daughter, Wade Redden experienced a bit of an unsettling offseason, proving again that money can’t buy you complete happiness.

First, Redden had a chat with New York Rangers coach John Tortorella, who, not surprisingly, told the 13-year NHL veteran that he didn’t fit into the Blueshirts plans despite a strong finish to his first season in the minors with the Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale. In fact, Redden wasn’t invited to Rangers training camp because if he got injured, his $6.5 million contract would count against the salary cap, meaning the Rangers would have to release and/or trade other players.

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BRUCE BERLET REPORTS – MITCHELL MAKES MARK

FROM THE CREASE BY: BRUCE BERLET

John Mitchell has always prided himself in being “a pretty fast skater” and proved it when he won a fastest skater competition with the Toronto Maple Leafs three years ago.

“I think I actually beat the time in the NHL All-Star Game, so I know I can skate,” Mitchell recalled Wednesday night after his first NHL action with the New York Rangers in a 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils in the preseason opener at the Pepsi Center in Albany, N.Y.

Mitchell was one of the first players used in all situations and also leveled Cam Janssen, one of the Devils tough guys, as he continued to center a line with pesky veteran Sean Avery and fuzzy-faced J.T. Miller, the Rangers’ first-round pick (15th overall) in June. The trio was cited as “probably our most effective line, as far as forechecking and having some offensive zone pressure” by Rangers coach John Tortorella, who watched in the upper deck with president and general manager Glen Sather and other team executives while assistant GM/assistant coach/Connecticut Whale GM Jim Schoenfeld ran the bench with assistant coach Mike Sullivan.

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