Jeff Malcolm lands AHL deal with Wolfpack

After backstopping Yale to an NCAA title, Jeff Malcolm has landed a deal with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

The 24-year-old Malcolm has spent the last four years at Yale, and last season was a dream for the netminder. In 30 appearances, the Lethbridge, Alta., native backstopped the Bulldogs in 30 games and posted a 2.24 GAA and .919 SV%. Malcolm was a huge factor in the Bulldogs NCAA Championship, registering a 36 save shutout in the final game of the Frozen Four tournament.

Undrafted, Malcolm will make his professional debut next season with the Wolf Pack. At 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, Malcolm has good size and it will be interesting to see if he can challenge for a starting role in the A this coming season.

Nightingale an IceHog in 2013-14

Jared Nightingale has signed a one-year AHL deal with the Rockford IceHogs.

The 6’3″, 205 lb. defenceman spent last season with the Syracuse Crunch, but is moving on after just one year. In 56 games with Tampa Bays top affiliate last season, Nightingale potted two gaols and five assists, as well as racking up 121 PIM.

A veteran of 339 AHL games — regular season and playoffs combined — Nightingale had spent the majority of the previous five seasons with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Connecticut Whale. Nightingale’s career high in points came in 2011-12, while a member of the Connecticut Whale. While an alternate captain with the Rangers farm club, Nightingale posted one goal and nine assists.

A Michigan State University product, Nightingale has tallied 13 goals and 33 assists in his AHL career.

Pack bring back Sonar

Does a mascot coming back to the rink count as a transaction?

The Hartford Wolf Pack announced today that they’re bring back Sonar, the “spirited and cuddly 7-foot, 275-pound” mascot of the┬áPack.

After an experiment to rename the club the Connecticut Whale failed, the team is going back to its roots with the Wolf Pack. The moniker, which the team had gone by for thirteen seasons until the change in 2013, brings some familiarity back to the AHL. With the change in name, the Wolf Pack will be bringing back their Rangers-style uniforms, and ditching the Pucky the Whale mascot that was used during their seasons as the Connecticut Whale.

According to the release, Sonar is coming back to lead the promotional “The Pack Is Back” Tour, which will get underway on Saturday, July 13.