Feb
11

Chytil with a pair of assists, Pack win fourth in a row

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 2

Hershey, PA, February 10, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack exploded for four goals in the first 8:03 of the game Saturday night at Giant Center, and cruised to a 5-2 win over the Hershey Bears.

The win was the Wolf Pack’s fourth in a row, and the team now has at least a point in a season-high ten straight games (9-0-1-0). Hartford’s season record is now 24-20-4-3 for 55 points, a high-water mark of four games above .500.

“We wanted to make sure in this building that we had a good start, and we were able to pressure pucks, use our speed and get the lead that we wanted,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Syracuse Crunch 3 (SO)

Syracuse, NY, February 9, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack stretched a streak of games with at least a standings point to nine straight, tying a team season high, Friday night, with a 4-3 shootout win over the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial Arena.

The Wolf Pack, who are 8-0-1-0 in their last nine games, improved to a season-best three games over .500, 23-20-4-3 for 53 points.

Alexandar Georgiev made 43 saves in the win, and stopped two of three shots in the shootout, to up his record to 12-11-6. Filip Chytil had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Gropp had a goal and the shootout winner. Mathieu Joseph had a goal and an assist for the Crunch, and Carter Verhaeghe had two assists.

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Feb
10

Rangers recall Alex Georgiev

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The Rangers have recalled goalie Alex Georgiev from the Hartford Wolf Pack. This is not a youth movement call up, like Neal Pionk or John Gilmour. This is to replace the newest member to the walking wounded, Ondrej Pavelec. Pavelec left last night’s game with a knee injury, forcing Henrik Lundqvist to play the final two periods.

Gerogiev, a 22 year old from Russia, has a .908 SV% and a 2.97 GAA. He had a bad start to the year, and has played better of late. I’m not sure his numbers are a true indication of his talent, since the Pack haven’t really been that good this season.

The Pavelec injury means Hank likely gets the majority of the starts on the upcoming four game road trip.

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Feb
10

We won a game!

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For just the fourth time since December 20 or so, the Rangers won a game in regulation. It also felt like the first win this year. The second sentence is hyperbole, of course, but the first is not. It’s been few and far between with regulation wins, and last night’s was quite nice. I know, I know. “All In For Dahlin.” But I’m sorry, I still like seeing the team play well and win. And they did both last night.

However they could not avoid the injury bug again, as Ondrej Pavelec joined the list of walking wounded. It looks like he tweaked his knee, and Henrik Lundqvist took over in the second period. Hank was marvelous, giving a metaphorical middle finger to the coach that said the team was losing because of the goalies. Enough of that though. Let’s enjoy the win.

On to the goals:

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Feb
09

Game 55: A new direction

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Yesterday was a big day for Rangers fans. First Neal Pionk was recalled, seemingly replacing the waived Brendan Smith. Then the big announcement came – The Rangers, for the first time since 2004, will be sellers. The front office tested the waters, and they were largely met with acceptance. John Gilmour was recalled today, signalling a change in guard on the blue line.

Tonight marks the first of 28 games where the Rangers are officially sellers. We had an idea that they were selling, but it’s official now. Every game is a showcase for a pending free agent. Every game is a showcase for potential blockbusters involving fan favorites. Calgary, now no longer after thoughts in the league,

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The Rangers have made a minor league swap with the Washington Capitals, sending Adam Chapie and Joe Whitney. Albert, a 29 year old forward, has a line of 3-8-11 in 33 games with Hershey this year. Labrie, a 26 year old defenseman, has a line of 1-6-7 in 35 AHL games this year.

Chapie was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in 2016. The 26 year old forward has a line of 2-5-7 in 31 games in Hartford. Whitney was signed to an AHL deal, and the 30 year old forward has a line of 9-10-19 in 40 AHL games.

This is a move for the Pack, nothing more.

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The Hartford moves keep coming. Defenseman John Gilmour has been recalled, and it’s expected he isn’t being recalled just to sit on the bench. The 24 year old has a line of 6-20-26 in 44 games this year. He was also Hartford’s lone representative in the AHL All Star Game.

He and Neal Pionk will replace Brendan Smith, who cleared waivers and was assigned to the Pack this afternoon, and at least one other defenseman.

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Feb
09

Thoughts following the Gorton/Sather Memo release

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In case you missed it, yesterday saw some significant happenings in Rangerland.  First, the Rangers placed Brendan Smith on waivers and called up Neal Pionk.  Soon after, Jeff Gorton and Glen Sather showed up at practice and issued a joint statement about the future of the franchise.  There was a tepid (re: non-existent) endorsement about AV’s future and much Twitter ink spilled about what it all means.  As you can imagine, I have some thoughts…

1. If you read the memo that the Rangers organization released, a couple of things jump out. First, it seems the organization is trying to gauge fan reaction to the notion of a rebuild.  There is enough qualifying language and vague platitudes in the memo to reverse course if the reaction to the release was pure outrage at abandoning a season where they aren’t completely out of it.  Read More→

Feb
08

Brendan Smith has been placed on waivers

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed defenseman Brendan Smith on waivers. Smith, acquired at least year’s trade deadline, was signed TJ a four year deal worth $17.4 million in the offseason.

Smith has had a really bad year. We know that. I’m shocked by this, since while a problem, he was far from the only problem.

Smith is on waivers. Steven Kampfer still remains with the club.

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Feb
08

Rangers recall Neal Pionk

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The Rangers have recalled defenseman Neal Pionk from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Pionk, signed as an undrafted free agent, has a line of 1-16-17 in 48 games with the Pack this year.

Many, including myself, were hoping to see the 22 year old recalled long before today, but better late than never. Assuming Alain Vigneault plays him, he should be a nice change of pace from what we’ve seen. He will have some hiccups, but it’s good to see what they have in him over some other known quantities.

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