Today is the deadline for American Hockey League clubs to submit their finalized roster. Hartford’s preseason action came to a close on Saturday. Read more
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On Wednesday, the Wolf Pack announced the signing of forward Scott Kosmachuk to a one year, American Hockey League contract. Last season, Kosmachuk registered 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 58 games with the Manitoba Moose, as well as recording 47 penalty minutes. In addition to playing with the Moose, the forward spent eight games with the Winnipeg Jets, recording three assists.
On Thursday afternoon, the Wolf Pack announced the signing of forward Joe Whitney. The 29-year-old winger joins the Hartford locker room through an American Hockey League contract. Whitney has been in the league for seven seasons and can produce juicy offensive numbers. The veteran adds more punch to the Pack’s lineup. In addition, he is another asset in guiding the younger forwards.
In the AHL, it’s all about points percentage and not points. The Wolf Pack’s division is the toughest one in the league. The Atlantic Division is a dogfight for the playoffs, while the North division is weaker. The rules for reaching the postseason vary each season. Two years ago, when Hartford missed the playoffs by a few points, the league allowed crossovers. For instance, a team with a better points percentage in the Atlantic division could take a playoff spot from the North division, generally beating out the third place team in the North. However, for the last two seasons, crossovers have been disallowed; meaning there are four spots available for qualification in each division. However, the AHL is constantly undergoing realignment with their team’s relocating often.
Training camp is a month away for the hockey world, and each team is ready to drop the puck and focus on the upcoming season. Most teams have finalized their rosters, however, there are still unsigned players. Hartford can still add one or two more players, quality veterans, preferably. Here are a few players that I would recommend the club to pursue. And as long as they sign AHL contracts, they won’t affect the Rangers cap situation.
On Tuesday morning, the New York Rangers announced that Joe Mormina will be the new assistant head coach for the Wolf Pack. He joins fellow assistant coach Pat Boller and head coach Keith McCambridge behind the Hartford bench. Prior to the hire, Mormina was the assistant coach at Mercyhurst University for the 2016-17 season, after ending his playing career with the Rochester Americans in the 2015-16 season.
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.
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.
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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.