On Friday afternoon, the Wolf Pack added another veteran to their roster. General Manager Chris Drury signed Eric Selleck to an American Hockey League contract. The signing does not impact the cap space for the New York Rangers.
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Last night wrapped up the fifth annual Hartford Wolf Pack town hall meeting. The Wolf Pack’s management group, Spectra, began to do these to interact with the season ticket holders when they took over the team and the XL Center. They provide updates on and off the ice such as potential players coming in, theme nights, promotions, and renovations. Here’s a recap of this year’s meeting.
Keith McCambridge will begin his tenure as Hartford Wolf Pack head coach on October 6th at home against the Charlotte Checkers. The Wolf Pack will be looking to bounce back after a dismal 2016-17 season. The returning players, Adam Tambellini, Robin Kovacs, and John Gilmour to name a few, will want the opportunity for growth after struggling last season. Keith McCambridge’s role will be to develop future New York Rangers players and prospects and help get each individual to reach his full potential.
On Tuesday afternoon, the American Hockey League released Hartford’s 21st schedule. The journey begins at home on Friday, October 6th against a former foe, the Charlotte Checkers. Charlotte returns to Hartford for the first time since the 2010-11 season. In addition, Hartford will face the newly established franchises of Rockets de Laval, Binghamton Devils, and the Belleville Senators. The season features a balanced schedule between the home and away slate. From October 6th to December 31st, Hartford will play 17 games both on the road and in Hartford. In 2018, Hartford plays 21 home and away contests. However, there will be one challenge for the upcoming season. Hartford plays three games in three nights multiple times and that will be tough. Overall, Hartford has the upper hand from a scheduling perspective. Compared to other teams, the club has balance in each month. Travel is logical and when they do go far, it is for multiple games with rest periods. Let’s dissect the schedule!
This afternoon Chris Drury signed his second player for the Wolf Pack, bringing in forward Dan DeSalvo. DeSalvo joins Hartford through an American Hockey League deal (signing does not affect the Rangers cap). Last season, he recorded 40 points (18 goals, 22 assists) in 66 games with the Manitoba Moose. In addition to playing with Manitoba, he spent time with the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL, recording 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in 12 games.
The off-season and free agency have been off to a strong start for the organization. Jeff Gorton is restocking and rebuilding the prospect pool while improving the Rangers themselves. The upcoming season looks promising in Hartford with two strong signings for the American Hockey League club. The addition of Kevin Shattenkirk provided more depth in the organization as well.
Hartford Wolf Pack (Flickr)
My name is Ricky and I look forward to providing phenomenal coverage for the New York Rangers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. I have been a season ticket holder for the club since 2010. Prior to that, I attended games throughout my childhood. I have seen Ryan Callahan, Mats Zuccarello, Dan Girardi, Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, Artem Anisimov, and many others develop in Hartford. The list is lengthy on who has made it to the big leagues. I have seen some of the worst and best moments in franchise history, such as the Pack reaching the Eastern Conference Finals in the 2014-15 season to the worst, a defeat of 10-2 against the Springfield Falcons (now Tuscon Road Runners). I am currently a college student at the University of Connecticut and attend Hockey East matches to watch the Huskies.