Why J.T. Miller probably won’t be joining the Rangers this year

GM Glen Sather attempted to act swiftly to address the Rangers’ depth issue at forward last week, but after Jason Arnott failed his physical the team is still left searching for forwards. Acquiring bottom-six forward Benn Ferriero appears to have been a savvy move, but New York is still thin up front. The free agent market is barren, so it’s…

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The problem with Connecticut is not what you think it is

Over the past few months, you’ve surely noticed that the Connecticut Whale –the Rangers AHL affiliate– has been struggling all year. They have battled inconsistent scoring, Swiss cheese defense, and inconsistent goaltending. While many are pointing to this being a sign of poor drafting and development, it is actually the exact opposite. Good friend of the blog Jess Rubenstein of…

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Whale recall defenseman Steven Delisle

Connecticut has recalled defenseman Steven Delisle from Greenville of the ECHL. Delisle, who was the throw-in in the Rick Nash trade, has a line of 2-8-10 with a +19 rating in 29 games with the Road Warriors. His +19 rating was tops in the league. Delisle will likely look to help a weak blue line for the Whale, which has…

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Jason Missiaen assigned to ECHL; Bryan Hince called up

The Whale made a pair of roster moves to help shore up the goaltender position. Whale goaltender Jason Missiaen was sent to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, while the Whale “recalled” Bryan Hince from Greenville. Recalled is in quotes because Hince himself had to be signed to an AHL PTO. For all intents and purposes it’s a recall, but there was…

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Cigna and the Connecticut Whale continue “Hockey in the Streets” program for greater Hartford kids

For those of you in the Hartford area, here is the press release for this year’s Hockey in the Streets program: HARTFORD, CT, December 10, 2012 – Cigna and the Connecticut Whale are continuing their partnership to bring hockey to boys and girls ages 6 to 12 years in the Greater Hartford area.   The Cigna Hockey in the Streets…

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Connecticut signs forward Shayne Wiebe to PTO

The Connecticut Whale made one small roster move today, signing forward Shayne Wiebe to a PTO. The 6’0 190 lb forward actually played one game with the Whale this year before being released and sent to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors. In 12 games with Greenville, Wiebe put together a line of 7-5-12 and a team leading +9 rating. You…

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Who are the possible midseason call ups?

No matter how much we choose to ignore it, injuries happen to every NHL club. Players get banged up, nicked up, and bruised just like everyone else. It is one of the reasons why teams spend some time and money building their depth in the AHL, as these players can come to define a season. Some players, like Ryan McDonagh,…

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Balancing priorities; are prospects getting the right ice time in Connecticut?

Andrew Yogan has one point in 10 games. Marek Hrivik has no goals and five points in 10 games. Key prospects JT Miller and Chris Kreider have a combined 3 goals in 12 and 11 games played, respectively. Alternatively, Brandon Segal (29 years old, 102 NHL games) has eight points in 12 games and Michael Haley (26 years old, 43…

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What do the Rangers have in Kyle Jean?

It’s fair to say that when Kyle Jean tried out for the Rangers almost every Ranger fan didn’t have an idea about the young try-out nor were expectations particularly high. After all, try outs come and go in their dozens and rarely does one stick with a club let alone make some noise. So its fair to say that despite a…

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AHL stats aren’t everything

If you’ve been following the Connecticut Whale, then you’ve noticed that some of the highly touted prospects, including Chris Kreider, aren’t scoring at a pace that some would like to see. Kreider, who is NHL ready, has a line or 1-3-4 through six games, and isn’t even in the top five in scoring on the club. Meanwhile, Kris Newbury is…

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