Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Dmitrij Jaskin has eventful game in Wolves’ victory ]]> Lead story image

One third-period sequence during the Wolves’ 7-2 victory Saturday over the Lake Erie Monsters showed that Dmitrij Jaskin probably is ready for the NHL but still far from a finished product. At the 5:21 mark of the period, Jaskin was called for a roughing penalty that wiped out a power play and led to a Lake Erie goal that cut the Wolves’ lead to 4-2. Before getting back to the bench after the goal, Jaskin was called for unsportsmanlike conduct to keep the Wolves short-handed. But after Jaskin finally got out of the box, he picked up the puck and … ]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:42:16 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves’ John Anderson ‘hates’ AHL’s new OT format ]]> Lead story image

The American Hockey League’s new overtime format appears to be meeting its goal of reducing shootouts. That doesn’t mean Wolves coach John Anderson is a fan. Over the offseason, the AHL introduced a new seven-minute OT format. Before the extra time, there is a dry scrape of the ice. Teams switch ends for the extra period and at the first whistle ­after three minutes, the game turns to a 3-on-3 format. “I hate it. Absolutely hate it. Takes too long to clean the ice,” Anderson said. “Seven minutes is too long. Five minutes … go three minutes and then two … ]]> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:47:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves generate plenty of shots, with little result, in 2-1 OT loss to Checkers ]]> Lead story image

During their season-opening two-game set with the Charlotte Checkers, the Wolves had 72 shots on goal and dominated possession of the puck. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to turn that control into a lot of goals, scoring just three times. Their inability to finish cost them a point Sunday, when they lost to the Checkers 2-1 in overtime at Allstate Arena, despite outshooting them 43-16. Ben Holmstrom scored 1:32 into overtime. Defenseman Petteri Lindbohm’s second-period score was the only time the Wolves beat Checkers goalie Drew MacIntyre, who made 42 saves, including 18 in the third, when his team … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 21:47:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves beat Checkers in season opener ]]> Lead story image

The Wolves opened their 2014-15 season Saturday night with a high opinion of their team. They like the level of speed, their top-end players and what could be a strong goaltending combination. But they know they need more than that to win in the AHL, where teams often lose many of their best players to depleted NHL clubs. The Wolves saw that firsthand last season when, despite losing a chunk of their roster to the injury-riddled Blues, they managed to rally past Grand Rapids to win the division title. This season, the Wolves are confident their depth will allow them … ]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 06:33:17 -0600 <![CDATA[ Matt Climie, Jordan Binnington hope to be tough in net for Wolves ]]>

Nobody is going to match what goalie Jake Allen did for the Wolves last season. In winning the American Hockey League’s goalie “triple crown” by leading the league in wins (33), save percentage (.928) and goals-against average (2.03), Allen put together one of the best seasons by a netminder in AHL history. But Allen is in St. Louis, leaving the Wolves’ goal to veteran Matt Climie and 21-year-old Jordan Binnington. Their goal isn’t to replicate what Allen did, though they’d like to. It’s to form a strong tandem that can help the Wolves improve from last season, when they won … ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 01:08:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Peter Mueller shuns Wolves for Europe ]]> Lead story image

Forward Peter Mueller didn’t have a change of heart, so he is heading to Europe instead of playing with the Wolves. The St. Louis Blues announced Wednesday that they and Mueller mutually agreed to terminate his contract. Mueller, 26, signed a two-way deal with the Blues this summer but didn’t report to the Wolves after being  assigned Sunday. ‘‘I am hurt a little bit because I believe that we would help him get back to the [NHL] and I believe that playing here is an awesome thing; it’s not purgatory,’’ Wolves coach John Anderson said Tuesday. ‘‘Unfortunately, he didn’t think … ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:49:31 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ex-Blackhawks Colin Fraser, Sheldon Brookbank start over with Wolves ]]> Lead story image

Other than their Blackhawks connection and championship past, Colin Fraser and Sheldon Brookbank don’t seem to have much in common. Fraser is known for his big personality and what was once an untamed head of hair. Brookbank’s personality is a bit more reserved but friendly. But they share many traits below the surface. Even with a combined four Stanley Cup rings and more than a decade of NHL experience, they aren’t satisfied with what they’ve accomplished. They want to get back to the highest level of the sport, and they see the Wolves — who already have former Hawks Brent … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 23:22:02 -0600 <![CDATA[ Brad Tapper brings younger perspective to Wolves’ staff ]]>

Brad Tapper’s life story  isn’t like that of many hockey coaches. Some parts of his résumé — such as his time with teams in different parts of the world — are familiar, but he thinks his background from well before going pro helps him relate to the Wolves players he coaches. Tapper, 36, was a forward on the Wolves’ 2002 Calder Cup title team and was picked this summer by coach John Anderson to join the staff as an assistant. The hope is that his youth and energy will help him connect and add a different voice from behind the … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 06:21:56 -0600 <![CDATA[ Ex-Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel eager to earn spot with Wolves ]]> Lead story image

A Stanley Cup champion with the Blackhawks in 2010, Brent Sopel now calls the Chicago area home and he relishes his invitation to training camp with the Wolves. Sopel, 37, is skating with the Wolves after spending the last three seasons in the KHL. His value to the Wolves is his experience, which has taken him to six NHL teams and two more in Russia. “I’m definitely a lot older than all these kids,” Sopel quipped. “I’ve got kids almost the age of these guys.” He hopes to provide “veteran leadership, trying to teach some of these d-men some of … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 10:52:36 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves’ Ty Rattie looks to impress St. Louis Blues ]]> Lead story image

After his rookie season, Wolves forward Ty Rattie was asked by the St. Louis Blues to add more strength. Though Rattie scored 31 goals, there were times he was knocked off the puck and physically overmatched by bigger, stronger and more experienced opponents. Rattie, 21, took the Blues’ request to heart, adding 10 pounds to what he now says is a 6-foot, 190-pound frame. He never will be one of his team’s biggest players, but that extra weight could help him hold up better in his second season and climb up the Blues’ organizational depth chart. Though he was assigned … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:36:06 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves have big shoes to fill without Jake Allen ]]>

One season after being named to the NHL’s all-rookie team, goalie Jake Allen made the most of his time in Chicago. Blocked in St. Louis, he won the AHL’s goalie triple crown by leading the league in wins (33), save percentage (.928) and goals-against average (2.03) while leading the Wolves to the Midwest Division title and the second spot in the Western Conference. “I just wanted to come back to the American league and play as much as I could. I think I did that,” Allen said. “I played over 60 games this year, which is huge for my development. … ]]> Tue, 20 May 2014 00:00:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves lose three in free agency ]]>

The Wolves have had several free-agent defections since the market opened. Defenseman and captain Taylor Chorney signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. Chorney, the ninth captain in team history, spent one season with the Wolves. In 69 games, he had five goals and 20 assists. Also Tuesday, forward Adam Cracknell signed with the Los Angeles Kings, and Alexandre Bolduc joined the Arizona Coyotes organization. Meanwhile, defenseman Brent Regner re-signed with the parent-club Blues after playing 63 games with the Wolves last season. The Blues also added forward Phil McRae on a two-way deal. What a … ]]> Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:09:10 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves swept out of playoffs ]]>

TORONTO — Drew MacIntyre stopped all 30 shots he faced, and the Toronto Marlies blanked the Wolves 4-0 on Friday to complete a four-game sweep of their American Hockey League second-round playoff series. Greg McKegg scored in the first period, Carter Ashton in the second and Peter Holland and Kor- binian Holzer (empty net) in the third for the Marlies, who handed the Wolves their first postseason sweep since the Calder Cup finals in 2005. ‘‘We didn’t have the lead once in the whole series,’’ Wolves coach John Anderson said. ‘‘That’s it in a nutshell. We looked nervous at the start … ]]> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 06:23:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves struggle from start in loss to Marlies ]]> Lead story image

Coach John Anderson said the Wolves made “four or five horrendous errors” in the first period Saturday. Those mistakes were too much to overcome, and his team is two losses away from elimination. Three first-period goals put the Toronto Marlies ahead for good in their 4-2 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series. Shane Harper and Dmitrij Jaskin scored in the third for the Wolves, but despite a desperate late rally they couldn’t beat Drew MacIntyre (22 saves) for the equalizer. The visitors hold 2-0 advantage with the next three games in the best-of-seven series in Toronto. … ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 07:06:53 -0600 <![CDATA[ Penalty-killing woes prove fatal for Wolves in Game 1 loss to Marlies ]]> Lead story image

The Toronto Marlies were playing for the first time since May 1. That didn’t stop them from getting ahead of the Wolves and their struggling penalty kill. The Marlies scored the first three goals and beat the Wolves 5-2 Friday at Allstate Arena in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal. Christian Hanson and Michael Davies scored for the Wolves and Jake Allen had 30 saves. But it wasn’t enough for the Wolves to avoid their second loss in four home playoff games. Game 2 is Saturday night, and the Wolves will be hoping to get off to … ]]> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:34:12 -0600 <![CDATA[ Wolves advance to Western Conference semifinal, close out Rochester ]]> Lead story image

John Anderson said the Wolves expected to beat the Rochester Americans in their first-round series. They just might not have expected it to be as difficult as it was. After falling behind by a goal in the second period, the Wolves scored three unanswered goals to beat the Americans 4-2 on Sunday at Allstate Arena and win the best-of-five series 3-2. Dmitrij Jaskin’s power-play goal with 26.8 seconds left in the second held up as the game-winner. The Wolves will open their best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal Friday at home against the Toronto Marlies. Getting to that point was probably tougher … ]]> Sun, 04 May 2014 21:55:49 -0600