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"Deflategate" has taken the sports world by storm and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are trying to get in on the action.

The Sound Tigers, the Islanders' AHL affiliate, will host a Pucks and Pigskins Night during this Saturday's game against the Portland Pirates. Fans who bring deflated footballs to the arena will receive $10 off their tickets. The footballs will be inflated?and donated to?the Cardinal Sheehan Center in Bridgeport. Deflated basketballs and volleyballs will also be accepted.

Fans who show up to the game in a football jersey or other football attire will get a $5 off their tickets.

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Hockey's Future has started their countdown of the top 50 prospects in the NHL and coming in at 42 on the list is the Rangers Chris Kreider.

Kreider was sent to Hartford yesterday to start his second full season as a pro.

Through the years, Kreider has been ranked:

Tags: Chris Kreider, Chris Kreider AHL, Chris Kreider (Prospect), Adam Rotter
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http://youtu.be/Jw_j1w7a-dQ&start=69

He had four shots last night and has 17 goals on the season.

Thoma's awesome second goal is below.

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Last night against the Panthers, Chris Kreider played 12:03, didn't register a shot on goal and had one shot blocked, one shot that missed the net and two hits.

When asked about how Kreider has progressed during his time with the Whale, John Tortorella said that Kreider started to sustain, create and use his skills to create offense. Tortorella also said that he had a brief meeting with Kreider and could already see a new found confidence.

Tortorella added that Kreider respects the process he is going through and understands the challenge and work it will take to be comfortable and learn all the dynamics of being a pro hockey player, "This is the right type of process that he needs to go through, and I hope he takes a step in the right direction and keeps on growing from there.?

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No Albany Devil has recorded more points in two years than Joe Whitney.

The 5-6, 170-pound winger's game is tenacious and feisty. Playing such a game has enabled him to record 85 points in 122 AHL games in Albany.

"He's playing with intensity, he's competing," Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said Sunday after Albany's 2-0 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. "He's not a big guy, but he's strong on the puck. He's been doing it all for us.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Feature, Jeff Frazee, Joe Whitney, Keith Kinkaid, Martin Brodeur, Matt Anderson, Editorial Aside, Rick Kowalsky
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Since being sent down to the Whale at the end of February, Chris Kreider has six goals in eight games.

The 25 shots that he has in eight games are the most he has had in a month, and that includes 14 games in December where he only had 21 shots and 11 games in November where he had 24 shots.

Of his six goals in the last eight games:

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https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/304626795163033602

Tedenby, who spent about two weeks with the Devils to start this season, suffered the injury Friday during an Albany Devils game. For more on his recovery, check out Fire & Ice's post on it here.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Devils, Devs, Injury Report, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Notes
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In his return to the Whale, Chris Kreider had one shot on goal, was a minus one and was called for a hooking penalty in the second period.

http://twitter.com/#!/HawkCrawford/status/302635491507970048

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes "The Rangers expect him to do really good things for the Whale. They expect Kreider to assert himself. If he does, he will be back in Blue."

Tags: AHL, Chris Kreider, Adam Rotter
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The Devils needed to clear a roster space to accommodate Alexei Ponikarovsky, which they did this morning.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevils/status/302063767498420224

I'm not gonna go too deep into this, but I will say I'm a little surprised. It makes sense in the fact that he was the last one in, so he stands to be the first one out, but how much of a look did you get at him during one optional skate Wednesday? Obviously the Devils didn't know they'd be trading for Poni when Lou said they wanted to take a couple days to evaluate him. I wonder how much Loktionov's reluctance to play anywhere other than center affected this decision. After all, Pete DeBoer did say yesterday that players need to make themselves flexible if they want to stick on the roster. We can also take this to mean the Devils are happy (for now) with what they're getting out of Jacob Josefson and Stefan Matteau. Loktionov's only way into the lineup was to either usurp Josefson or force the Devils to move him to the wing. As for Matteau, his time on the first line may have finally run out, but it seems he lives to play another day -- although he and Bobby Butler remain the players most likely to be sent down once the Devils need to create another roster spot, be it for Zubrus' return or another reason.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News
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Now that Stefan Matteau is officially getting paid like an NHLer, the question becomes how long he'll stay with the Devils. Vote in the poll and weigh in below in the comments!

[polldaddy poll=6887092]

In case you're wondering how I feel, I laid out my expectations on the blog yesterday.

Tags: AHL, Devils, Devs, From The Stands, Junior, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Poll, Stefan Matteau
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Ever since Stefan Matteau played in his fifth NHL game, he's been a healthy scratch. That made sense, considering that the first year of his entry-level contract would be enacted as soon as he played his sixth game. Matteau hadn't really shown enough to deserve burning a year of his deal, I thought. Yet after that game, he hung around ... and hung around and hung around. For four games he was a healthy scratch and most of us presumed he was simply biding his time until he returned to junior with his ELC untouched.

Then came this morning's skate, when Dainius Zubrus was ruled out of Thursday's game against the Lightning and Matteau was inserted into his spot as left wing on the Devils' first line. Once Matteau is declared active for tonight's game, that precious first season of the entry-level contract becomes live and suddenly Matteau is one year closer to restricted free agency and eventually one year closer to unrestricted free agency.

One would assume that means Matteau will spend the season with the NHL club, learning on the job as one of the team's bottom-six forwards, scratched for the occasional game and shifted up in the lineup for the occasional shift. Not so fast, says Pete DeBoer.

Tags: AHL, Albany Devils, Analysis, Devils, Devs, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Stefan Matteau
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https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/297063199918915585

 

UPDATE: Once Janssen cleared waivers, Adam Henrique was officially activated.

Tags: AHL, Albany, Albany Devils, CAM JANSSEN, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, News, waivers
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4:26PM Brooks says that Kreider took a puck to the foot last night but is expected to be fine for training camp

3:15PM Larry Brooks tweets that Chris Kreider is not in the lineup for the Whale today.

Kreider is scratched so that he doesn't get hurt before Rangers training camp.

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In 25 games with the Whale, Chris Kreider had four goals and six assists with 52 shots on goal and 45 penalty minutes.

In eight December games, Kreider has ZERO points, is a minus two and has 12 shots on goal.

Kreider is ranked 46th in rookie scoring in the AHL.

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According to a tweet from Katie Strang, Chris Kreider avoided serious injury yesterday when he was thrust into the boards during the Whale's loss to Springfield.

She notes that he is day to day with a neck strain.

For more, CLICK HERE.

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7:27PM: From Rob "Kreider did not return during the third. Whale lose 3rd straight, 5-0"

6:21PM:

http://twitter.com/#!/Dx21685/status/275374357927325696

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The Whale defeated the Sound Tigers 7-5 tonight and scored four goals in the third period.

  • Chris Kreider had two goals (including the game winner) on two shots
  • Kyle Jean had an assist and one shot
  • Ryan Bourque had an assist and was a minus one
  • JT Miller had an assist and two shots
  • Christian Thomas was a minus one with ZERO shots
  • Matt Gilroy had two goals on four shots
  • The Whale were 1-4 on the PP
  • Other goals were scored by Chad Kolarik, Tommy Grant and Kris Newbury
  • Cam Talbot stopped 36 of 41 shots
https://twitter.com/TheSoundTigers/status/272130140572622848

https://twitter.com/TheSoundTigers/status/272165339406671872

Tags: Chris Kreider AHL, CT Whale, Adam Rotter
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http://youtu.be/giw7ei4FimM

Kreider highlights start at 1:30

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Throughout training camp and the preseason for the Whale, Chris Kreider consistently made it clear that he loves playing hockey.

Since the season started for the Whale, Kreider has not changed his tune, telling the NY Times "It?s fun to go out there and do what you love to do. Whenever you?re playing hockey it?s exciting, whatever the situation.?

He added, ?I?m very happy to be here to try to learn to play hockey. After you?ve had that taste, you just want to get back on the ice. I never came down. I was so excited and so disappointed that we lost to New Jersey that I wanted to keep going.?

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On Saturday Christian Thomas scored two power play goals in the Whale's 6-2 win over the baby Sharks.

On his first goal:

  • Kris Newbury held the puck up along the side boards, moves down to the top of the circle and backhand flips the puck to Chad Kolarik is who between the circles, Kolarik fans on his shot but it heads towards the net, goes of the Sharks defender in front and ricochets directly to Thomas who one-times it at the bottom of the circle.
On his second goal:

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In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that people on both the players side and the owners side have said that even if the players agreed to the owners make whole proposal, they still wouldn't have a deal unless the players also agreed to the owners contracting demands.

Elliotte Friedman writes at CBC that the owners say that the contract terms can be negotiated while the players say that is not the case.

Friedman thinks that the NHL will stand firm on their demand of no more than a 5% change in a players salary from year to year which would counter the front loaded contracts that players have been signing.

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How would you keep in touch with your former teammates during a work stoppage?

"We?re in a fantasy football league together," Chris Kreider said with a laugh after the Connecticut Whale beat the Hershey Bears 3-1 on Oct. 26.

Such is life for the Rangers? wonder kid. Instead of getting donuts and lugging bags, he?s beating everyone to James Jones on the waiver wire. It?s a far cry from the NHL-ready skill set he flashed last spring and it?s fair to wonder if starting in Hartford over Broadway stuck with him.

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Through six games Chris Kreider has one goal and three assists to go along with 16 shots.

While in Hartford, Kreider is getting a chance to play in situations that he would most likely not have the opportunity to with the Rangers.

That includes the penalty kill which saw Kreider be on the ice for nearly an entire two minutes over the weekend.

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After a rough follow up to his 99 point season, Christian Thomas saw his stock drop a little in the eyes of talent evaluators ranking the Rangers top prospects.

Corey Pronman of Puck Prospectus ranked him 11th on his list of Rangers prospects and wrote that he is a great skater who works hard and has a great shot, but is brought down by his size.

Leslie Treff ranked him sixth and wrote "A goal scorer, as well as good distributor of the puck, Thomas will need to improve his strength on the puck to take his junior successes to the next level this season."

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In two preseason games over the weekend, Chris Kreider had four goals including a hat trick on Sunday.

On his experience of going through training camp and playing in the AHL, Kreider told the team's website "it's been fun. There is a ton to learn still so it's fun and exciting to come to the rink and get better.

Kreider added that his enthusiasm for the game comes through all the time, "I use the words exciting and fun a lot because it is. It's easy to get up in the morning and be pumped up to get to the rink."

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Last night Christian Thomas played for the Whale in their preseason opener and skated with Kyle Jean and Andrew Yogan.

The team's website said those three players were buzzing around the offensive zone and that Thomas had a productive game even though he didn't end up on the score sheet, "Thomas, in particular, impressed with his quick release, and quantity of scoring chances, including a tracer off the post in the opening period of a still 0-0 game."

Earlier this week, Thomas told the Rangers website that he enjoyed his work and preparation for the season, saying "each summer keeps getting harder. This summer I trained with Gary Roberts and my group had Stamkos and James Neal and I tried to learn from them."

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Following his performance in the playoffs last season, Chris Kreider was expected to fill a top six role with the Rangers this season.

Due to the lockout, Kreider is going to play with the Whale and said said over the weekend that he doesn't look at the AHL as a step down in his development.

?It?s still pro hockey. I don?t look at it like that. It?s still a huge jump up from where I played most of last year. I have to be ready and mentally focused."

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https://twitter.com/HawkCrawford/status/253152128837767170


Adam Rotter: If Kreider works his way onto the PK, with his speed, this could be a common occurrence. Carl Hagelin, who should see more PK time, also fits into this category.

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SYOSSET, NY -- Two years ago, Islanders defender Travis Hamonic spent a few shorts months in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He played 19 games in Bridgeport at the start of the 2010-11 season before being called up to the Islanders permanently in November 2010. Since being called up he's amassed 135 NHL games and become one of the Islanders best defenders, if not the best.

With fewer than 160 games played at the NHL level, Hamonic is eligible to spend the lockout in the AHL without having to pass through waivers. He's one of many young NHL players who have been assigned to their AHL affilites, a list that also includes the likes of Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Philly's Sean Couturier and Carolina's Jeff Skinner. Hamonic was paired with Matt Donovan on the top defensive pair today, the first full day of camp, and is looking to help lead the team until the NHL is ready to go.

"[The AHL is] the second best league to the NHL and there's a lot of good young players, a lot of guys working hard just to get that one opportunity to get to the NHL level," Hamonic said at Iceworks in Syosset earlier today. "I was grateful to get that opportunity early on in my AHL debut, and hopefully I can come back and give these guys some leadership and be a mentor for the first and second year guys for the time being. Hopefully things will get resolved at the NHL level pretty soon."

Tags: ahl, donald fehr, Exclusive, Islanders, News, Editorial Aside, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, training camp, travis hamonic
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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers will send Chris Kreider down to Hartford for the start I their training camp on September 29.

Yesterday the Rangers sent all of the players on two-way contracts who cleared waivers down to Hartford.

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https://twitter.com/Aportzline/status/246638044181061632

An explanation of the "Clear Day" list is:

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]Per AHL by-laws, only the 20 skaters and two goaltenders on the Clear Day roster are eligible to suit up for the Whale for the remainder of the AHL regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs, unless emergency conditions result from recalls, injuries or suspensions.

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Larry Brooks has sent out a tweet saying that Chris Kreider is the only player on the Rangers roster who will be going down to play for the Whale during the lockout.

While layers like Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are all on entry-level deals, they require waivers to play in the AHL due to the amount of games they have played or their age.

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At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about what some teams are doing with their young players when the lockout starts on Sunday at 12:01AM.

He notes that Colorado and Edmonton will send Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the AHL and that players who are on their entry level deal and exempt from waivers need to be sent down before September 15th.

For players who are not waiver exempt, they need to clear waivers by Saturday as well to be able to play in the AHL.

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