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The Whale Week That Was - October 12, 2011

Sean Avery's Whale debut could be a ways off

Sean Avery's Whale debut could be a ways off

Every Wednesday we’ll take a look at the status of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate. Top prospects Ryan Bourque and Carl Hagelin will be key players for the Whale this season - we’ll check on how they’re doing and how the team performs as the season progresses.

- Sean Avery reported to the Connecticut Whale yesterday but won’t be practicing anytime soon.  Avery has been receiving treatment for a right shoulder injury and underwent an MRI on September 30th.  The shoulder doesn’t have any structural damage and Avery was able to play through it during camp, but it’s an ongoing issue that could prevent him from playing for the Whale for quite some time.

- With the addition of Avery, the Whale released defenseman T.J. Fast from a pro tryout.

- After adding veteran defenseman Jeff Woywitka last week the New York Rangers assigned Brendan Bell to the CT Whale.  Both Bell and Stu Bickel stayed with the Blueshirts until the very end of camp, but New York chose to recall Tim Erixon and claimed Woywitka off waivers rather than risk having to put Bell or Bickel into NHL game action.

- The CT Whale fell to the Adirondack Phantoms 6-3 on Saturday night in the team’s season-opener.  Kris Newbury scored all three goals for Connecticut, but his hat trick wasn’t enough to beat the Philadelphia Flyers’ minor league affiliate.  Newbury led the team with 61 points in 69 games last year.  Cam Talbot stopped 18 of 23 shots in his first start of the season and Wade Redden was a minus-four.

- Connecticut bounced back on Sunday with a 1-0 shootout win over the Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins.  Chad Johnson started in net for the Whale and recorded 41 saves en route to a shutout.  The Whale was outshot 41-24, but John Mitchell, Kris Newbury and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault all scored in the shootout to give Connecticut its first win of the season.

- The Whale used these line combinations over the weekend:

Carl Hagelin/Kris Newbury/Jonathan Audy-Marchessault 

Ryan Bourque/John Mitchell/Andreas Thuresson

Tommy Grant/Kelsey Tessier/Scott Tanski

Chris McKelvie/Jordan Owens/Andre Deveaux

Wade Redden – Jared Nightingale 

Jyri Niemi – Tomas Kundratek 

Stu Bickel – Blake Parlett

- The Whale has another back-to-back this weekend.  The team will first visit the Albany Devils on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then will host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the team’s home-opener on Saturday at 7:00 p.m.  After that, Connecticut is off again until Friday, October 21.


Past editions of The Whale Week That Was:

The Whale Week That Was - October 5, 2011 >

The Whale Week That Was – October 12, 2011 >


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