Friday, April 30, 2010

A River Rat prepares to make the move

Albany River Rats (fan) Zach Bennett and his family will soon be heading off for Charlotte, just like his "teammates." (Cindy Schultz / Times Union)

Mark McGuire at the Albany Times Union catches up with the River Rats' number one fan.

Rats finished off by Bears, 5-4

Post-game coverage:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

News & Notes

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Boychuk's taste of NHL bodes well for future

Rookie forward Zach Boychuk is the subject of an in-depth article published today at

Rats prepare for Game 3

The Albany Times Union and Troy Record preview tonight's match-up.

Devils agree to five years in Albany

Sources inform the Albany Times Union and Schenectady Daily Gazette that the New Jersey Devils have agreed to relocate the team's AHL franchise to Albany next season.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Rats get day of rest; changes ahead for Game 3

Coach Jeff Daniels talks to Pete Dougherty at the Albany Times Union.

Rats weekly

The regular weekly roundup is available at the Rats' website.

Terry's one flaw is a bad playoff beard

Rookie forward Chris Terry is the centerpiece of a story published today at

Rats fall again to Bears, 6-3

Post-game coverage:

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Friday, April 23, 2010

News & Notes

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Four Rats named 'top rookies'

The Sports Network (TSN) recently ranked the "top 100 rookies" in the NHL for the 2009-10 regular season. Players from Albany placed on the list include Jamie McBain (8), Zach Boychuk (32), Brett Carson (40) and Bryan Rodney (84). Goaltender Justin Peters almost made it, but lacked the ten games required for eligibility. Read more at TSN's website

Daniels rising fast in the hockey world

Rats' head coach Jeff Daniels is featured today in the Raleigh News & Observer.

NHL call-ups key for Rats

The Albany Times Union highlights the first-round contributions of those who returned from the NHL for the Rats' postseason. 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Michal Jordan latest ATO

The River Rats today signed rookie defenseman Michal Jordan on an amateur tryout contract.

Jordan, 19, originally from the Czech Republic, spent the past three years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Plymouth Whalers, owned by Peter Karmanos, who also owns the Carolina Hurricanes. 

Jordan, drafted by Carolina in the fourth round in 2008, recently signed a three-year deal with the Canes, set to begin in 2010-2011.

The offensive defenseman, listed at 6-foot-1, 184 pounds, was the Whaler's top-scoring blueliner for the past two seasons, accumulating 74 points (25 G, 49 A) in 99 regular season games. 

Jordan is likely in Albany to watch and learn, as the River Rats already have a surplus of battle-tested defenders.

News & Notes

  • Francis, Barrasso come to Albany, Schenectady Daily Gazette
  • Hurricanes send down more help for Rats, Albany Times Union
  • Chaput's chances, Schenectady Daily Gazette
  • Chaput may return before series is over, Albany Times Union
  • Samson eyes room to shoot, Albany Times Union
  • Samson follows orders to breakthrough season,
  • Rats learn from mistakes in Wednesday's win, Schenectady Daily Gazette
  • Deep roster enables Rats to employ balancing act up front, Albany Times Union
  • River Rats' balance paying off, Troy Record
  • No more hanging around: Rats want to put away Penguins, Troy Record
  • Game 2: Show (up) time, Albany Times Union
  • Wilkes-Barre will change goalies for Game 2, Albany Times Union
  • Rats tales: Pens coach no stranger to Albany, Troy Record
  • Pens want to reduce Rats' net front game, Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader
  • Monday, April 12, 2010

    Rats weekly

    Get the regular weekly round-up at the Rats' website

    Reinforcements arrive

    Key players will be returning to the Albany River Rats' line-up for the postseason and many are coming off excellent stints in the NHL.  

    The Carolina Hurricanes yesterday reassigned six skaters to the River Rats, including forwards Jerome Samson, Zach Boychuk and Drayson Bowman, and defensemen Jamie McBain, Bryan Rodney and Casey Borer, while D-man Jay Harrison is set to be reassigned today should he clear waivers. 

    Injuries and call-ups reduced Albany to 19 players for the final two games of the regular season, so the reinforcements will be welcomed as the team prepares to take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, scheduled to begin Wednesday night at the Times Union Center. 

    Jerome Samson
    (Photo by JBK-LTD)

    Rats' top-scorer Jerome Samson, who was recalled to Carolina for the third time on Friday, returns to town after notching his second career NHL assist with the Canes on Saturday. 

    In seven contests with Carolina this season, Samson earned two assists and was credited with 17 shots on goal. 

    Samson led the Rats in scoring during the regular season with a career-high 78 points (37 G, 41 A) in 74 games. He ranked fourth in the league in points, second in goals, first in shots, and finished the season with a plus-8 rating. 

    Rookie offensive defenseman Jamie McBain, who was recalled to Carolina for the first time on March 16, returns to Albany having performed remarkably well during his first 14 contests in the NHL. 

    McBain scored three goals, tallied seven assists, earned a plus-6 rating and averaged well over 20 minutes of ice-time during his first run with the big club. 

    McBain led all Rats' defenseman in scoring this season with 40 points (7 G, 33 A) in 68 games and tied for first among Albany D-men with a plus-11 rating. His presence on the blue line and ability to make smart decisions has been a key weapon of the Rats' offense and power play. 

    First-year offensive sensation Zach Boychuk comes back to Albany for the first time since being recalled to the Hurricanes in early March. 

    Boychuk totaled nine points (3 G, 6 A) and put up a plus-1 rating in 31 games spanned over six separate call-ups with the Canes this year. 

    Boychuk ranked second among Albany scorers at the time of his last recall with 36 points (15 G, 21 A) in 52 contests, including eight points in his last six AHL games. 

    Defenseman Casey Borer, winner of the AHL's Fred T. Hunt award, was recalled to the Hurricanes last Thursday for the first time this season. 

    Borer, who returned to action in January after a lengthy recovery from a broken neck sustained in last year's bus crash, played two games with Carolina. He was responsible for blocking two shots against Montreal on April 8th. 

    Borer notched one goal and eight assists in 30 contests with the River Rats this season, including a goal and four assists in his last 10 games. 

    Drayson Bowman
    (Photo by Jennifer Bock)

    Rookie sniper Drayson Bowman, who was recalled to the Canes for the second time on March 24, scored his first two NHL goals against Tampa Bay last Tuesday. 

    Bowman played in a total of nine NHL games this season, eight during his most recent recall, and registered nine shots in his final two matches.

    Bowman has 32 points (17 G, 15 A) in 56 games this season with Albany.

    Puck-moving blueliner Bryan Rodney, who was recalled to Carolina for the fifth time this season on March 19, picked up 11 points (1 g, 10 A) in 22 games with the Canes this year. 

    Rodney tallied an assist in each of his final three NHL tilts. 

    Rodney represented the River Rats at the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic and ranks second among Albany defenders with 35 points (7 G, 28 A) in 54 games.

    Veteran defenseman Jay Harrison headed to Carolina for the third time this season back on March 3 after earning 14 points and a plus-8 rating in 32 games with the Rats.

    Harrison ended up playing more regular season games with Carolina than he did with Albany, scoring six points (1 G, 5 A) in 38 NHL contests.

    Unlike the River Rats, Albany's first-round opponent, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, will not be getting a major influx of players from the NHL, as their parent club is heading to the postseason. 

    The Penguins have only one clear-day player presently recalled to the NHL, whereas the River Rats, until yesterday, had seven. 

    With the regular season officially over, the AHL yesterday released schedules for the first-round of the post-season. Albany's games are listed below.

    Game 1: Wednesday, April 14, 7:00 (home)
    Game 2: Friday, April 16, 7:00 (home)
    Game 3: Sunday, April 18, 3:05 (away)
    Game 4: Monday, April 19, 7:05 (away)
    Game 5: Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 (home)*
    Game 6: Saturday, April 24, 7:05 (away)*
    Game 7: Sunday, April 25, 5:00 (home)*
    *if necessary

    Friday, April 9, 2010

    News & Notes

    • Chris Fitz Gerald at the Troy Record says the Rats are revved up for a playoff push.
    • With his first two NHL goals under his belt, rookie Drayson Bowman tells Tracking the Storm he is feeling more confident in his ability to perform at the top level. 
    • Jerome Samson today was recalled to the Carolina Hurricanes. Samson will play in the team's season finale tomorrow, filling in for veteran Rod Brind-Amour, who suffered a groin injury last night.
    • Tim Conboy was recalled to the NHL for one game this week. He skated last night in Raleigh during the Hurricanes 5-2 victory over the Montreal Canadians. 
    • Casey Borer was recalled to the Hurricanes yesterday and stepped into the NHL line-up last night as well. Borer is featured today at the Raleigh News & Observer