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Ice chips: The Whale is back

Fans of the old Hartford Whalers will be happy today as the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack will be announcing a new name -- the Connecticut Whale -- at a press conference this afternoon. The Whale is the Rangers' top farm team and the name/logo change will go into effect in February for an outdoor game at the University of Connecticut's football stadium.

Cue up "Brass Bonanza," that goofy song the Whalers took the ice to before each period. 

Old friend Henrik Tallinder is getting into the swing of Devils camp and has plenty of good things to say about the Sabres and former defense partner Tyler Myers  in this Newark Star-Ledger story.

Also in Devils camp, Ilya Kovalchuk is taking turns at right wing with Zach Parise and Travis Zajac. There's a potent line.

The biggest injury of camp thus far is in Ottawa, when defenseman Filip Kuba will be out several weeks with a broken leg. Senators players aren't happy with the ice at Scotiabank Place and the Kuba injury came when he caught the leg in a rut on the ice.

Former Sabres television producer Lowell MacDonald Jr. is getting his job back in Pittsburgh this season after being suspended last January when his Fox broadcast failed to show a replay to the Toronto war room on a potential Philadelphia goal.

---Mike Harrington


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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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