Around the Farm: Saskatoon swept, Nicholls/McColgan available for Whale

March 28, 2013, by

Update: I forgot that Saskatoon is hosting the Memorial Cup. McColgan and Nicholls will be participating in that, so they will not be available.

Original Post: The second seeded Saskatoon Blades were swept out of the WHL playoffs in the first round, dropping Game Four to the Medicine Hat Tigers 3-1. The loss frees up both Josh Nicholls and Shane McColgan to join the Connecticut Whale. Nicholls is signed to an entry-level deal starting next year, and although McColgan is not signed, he is expected to sign an ELC before the Rangers’ rights expire. While neither will have a contract that starts this year, they can both sign ATOs and play for the Whale.

  • WHL
    • Shane McColgan (Saskatoon, L 3-1, Lose series 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 0 PIM, Even
    • Josh Nicholls (Saskatoon, L 3-1, Lose series 4-0): 0 G, 0 A, 10 PIM, Even
    • Michael St. Croix (Edmonton, W 4-0, Lead series 3-1): 0 G, 0 A, 4 PIM, Even
    • Sam Noreau (Baie-Comeau, W 5-2, Win series 4-0): Did not play (broken hand)
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  1. RangerTex says:

    Nichols and McColgan are not available yet for Hartford, they are waiting for the memorial cup in May.

  2. Walt says:

    Just a note, something to think about. Both McIlrath, and Noreau are coming along nicely. There is a good chance that big Mc will make the team next year. Based on reports, Noreau is coming along, and would make a good shut down d-man.

    If these two monsters do make the team, along with our top four d-men, Girardi, McD, MDZ, and Marc, holy crap, we will be sound for years to come. More importantly, with these two big horses, who would want to mix it up with them????

  3. Blueshirt In Paris says:

    Not a very good playoff showing for anyone.

    Still would like to get McColgan up to the Whale. This might be our sleeper pick.

  4. Ray says:

    Why do people expect McColgan to be signed? Committing him to a roster spot for three years is a big deal and can easily backfire – see Chappell, Niemi, Stajcer, presumably Wilson. [And I suspect the inclusion of Delisle in the Nash deal was for Columbus’s benefit, not ours.] If the Rangers haven’t bothered to sign him yet, why now? Has he really turned it around?