The Wolf Pack have had little success lately and this past weekend prompted team management to shake up the roster in hopes that the teams play will improve. After losing the last three games, Friday in Worcester, Saturday in Wilkes Barre/Scranton and then again on Sunday to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers has pushed management to make these moves.
The Wolf Pack have the least amount of wins(11), points(27) and goals scored(82) in the entire league. They are tied for 5th in most goals allowed with 119 in 36 games. It is clear that something needs to change.
Forwards Brodie Dupont, Akim Aliu and Defenseman Sam Klassen were released from the team. Forward Kyle Jean, who the Rangers signed as a free agent in 2012, was demoted to Greenville of the ECHL. He will have company as goalie Jason Missiaen was also sent to Greenville. Goalie Scott Stajcer was sent to the Florida Everblades of the ECHL making room for the Pack to go out and get another veteran goalie. The Pack brought back goalie David LeNeveu. LeNeveu is not a stranger to Hartford as he played very well in 13 games back in the 2007-2008 season, including four playoff games.
LeNeveu has played in seven hockey leagues most recently in the ECHL with the Carolina Stingrays. LeNeveu has played in 22 NHL games for the Phoenix Coyotes and Columbus Blue Jackets. He has played in 308 AHL games, posting nine shut outs and a 121-150-26 record with a 2.77 goals against average and a 90.9% save percentage. LeNeveu has also played overseas for two seasons in the last few years winning a championship in the Austrian League for Linz EHC.
The moves hopefully will change the team back into a team that can compete in the AHL as they still sit at the bottom of the league five points behind any team and 15 points behind Adirondack who currently holds the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The moves also appear to indicate that the Wolf Pack coaching staff was unhappy with the play of their younger goaltending prospecs. Jeff Malcom, Scott Stajcer, and Jason Missiaen have combined for a 5-16-1 record for the Pack this year. The teams’ inexperience in net was greatly increased when goalie Cam Talbot was promoted to the New York Ranger roster at the start of the season. Dov Grumet-Morris was brought in by trade to give the team some experience in net but it appears that an experienced back up is what the team felt it needed.
Coach Gernander will take the new overhauled Wolf Pack back into battle Adirondack this Friday night and will try to get a win in Bridgeport on Sunday as well. They finally return to the XL Center on January 24th against the division leading Springfield Falcons. Three tough divisional games against teams that the Pack are looking up at. Time continues to run out on the season and the hope is these changes will give the team some wins. They currently only have four wins in their last 26 games since a hot October start when they were 7-2-0-1.
October 7-2-0-1 with a 2.81 goals against average.
Since November 4-18-0-4 with a 3.38 goals against average.