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Sather isn't leaving anytime soon, two prospects hurt, Frolov nets a hat trick, and a name change for the Wolf Pack

Yogan will undergo shoulder surgery this week

Yogan will undergo shoulder surgery this week

Reports indicate that the Hartford Wolf Pack will be changing their name to the Connecticut Whale at some point this season, likely around February.  A group led by Howard Baldwin, one of the old owners of the old Hartford Whalers, has reached an agreement with the Pack to control the team’s business operations.  Baldwin has been aggressively trying to bring the Whalers back to Hartford, and this agreement is a compromise of sorts.  Apparently the Whalers were often referred to as “The Whale,” thus the new team name.  Not quite as intimidating or catchy as the Wolf Pack if you ask me. 

- The team’s fourth-round-pick in June’s draft, Andrew Yogan, will undergo shoulder surgery this week to repair a labral tear.  Apparently Yogan played with the injury last season and the Rangers were unaware of it when they drafted him.  Maybe the injury provides some insight as to why Yogan has really struggled with consistency, but it never bodes well for a prospect to miss serious time shortly after joining an NHL franchise.  Also not sure how the Rangers could have missed that injury when deciding on Yogan.  Not good.

Yogan had this to say, via Jim Cerny on Twitter: "I'm not too worried about it, I'm still really young, which is main reason they want me to do this now.”

- Andrew Gross just Tweeted that fellow prospect Ethan Werek left the ice during this afternoon’s scrimmage and seemed to have injured his leg.

- Glen Sather spoke to the media yesterday and had a few interesting things to say.  You can read his quotes here.  The key point: Sather still isn’t interested in taking on bad contracts, wants a hungry and talented group, and won’t trade his youngsters.  Also of interest: Sather seemed to be enjoying his job as much as always and certainly isn’t close to leaving the Rangers willingly, and we know James Dolan isn’t eager to get rid of him.  Sather has done a much better job the last couple years, but it’s obviously alarming to many Rangers fans to hear that Sather plans on staying in the GM position as long as the team will have him. 

- John Tortorella seemed generally pleased with how the Rangers performed during his grueling conditioning tests.  Tortorella didn’t say that anyone stuck out as extremely good or bad.  But, those in attendance reported that Ryan Callahan had speed to burn and that Werek pushed himself so hard that he collapsed after one of the conditioning skates.  Dane Byers ran the fastest two-mile on the team at 11:32.

- In yesterday’s scrimmage Alex Frolov scored a hat-trick while playing left wing on a line that included Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik.  Obviously good signs from Frolov.  On BB Plus we discuss Stepan’s chances of making the team and the impact of Chris Drury’s injury. 


Posted by Kevin Baumer | September 20, 2010 at 02:00 pm

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