Rangers Roundup: Bobby Trivigno scores first pro goal, Gallant’s focus, and more

Bobby Trivigno
Bobby Trivigno (Photo: Kelly Shea / Hartford Wolf Pack)

The Hartford Wolf Pack season officially came to an end with a 6-3 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

It certainly was a disappointing season for the New York Rangers AHL affiliate. They were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night. A serious collapse for a team that looked like a shoe-in to get in this season.

Since March 11, the team won a grand total of 4 games out of 21 contests and have now missed the playoffs 7 straight years. They finish the year 32-32-6-2.

Bobby Trivigno gets first pro goal

The Rangers signed free-agent UMASS captain Bobby Trivigno on April 1. His 2-year ELC begins next season but the Blueshirts also inked him to an Amateur Try Out to play with the Hartford Wolf Pack this year.

In the team’s final game he scored the game-winning goal with 5:46 left to play. AHL Trade Deadline acquisition Maxim Letunov got the puck to Lauri Pajuniemi, who centered the puck to Trivigno. The college star deked goaltender Tommy Napier notching his first pro goal.

Trivigno, 23, is a New York native and will play a big role with the Pack next season. He finished with 3 points in 11 games.

Wolf Pack Stats

Anthony Greco led all Wolf Pack scorers with 20 goals and 58 points in 68 games.

Zac Jones was the team’s top scoring defenseman with 9 goals and 35 points in 52 games.

Rangers prize defense prospect Nils Lundkvist finished with 3 goals and 15 points in 34 games.

Which Pack players could join the Rangers

There are no roster limits in the NHL playoffs and no salary cap. However, a player must be one of the 50 contracts with their rights belonging to the team prior to the NHL Trade Deadline in order to be eligible.

Now that the AHL season is over, there are several Pack players that could join the Rangers for the playoffs as extras. Here are some candidates:

  • Zac Jones (D)
  • Nils Lundkvist (D)
  • Jarred Tinordi (D)
  • Tim Gettinger (F)
  • Anthony Greco (F)
  • Keith Kinkaid (G)

The New York Rangers extras to date include:

  • Tyler Motte (F) Injured
  • Sammy Blais (F) Injured
  • Jonny Brodzinski (F)
  • Greg McKegg (F)
  • Julien Gauthier (F)
  • Libor Hajek (D)
  • Justin Braun (D)

The Blueshirts will conclude their regular season on April 29 in a tilt against the Washington Capitals.

Rangers focused on themselves

New York Rangers Gerard Gallant
Feb 1, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant reacts after a call during the third period against the Florida Panthers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

All season long, head coach Gerard Gallant has made it about to stress that he’s worried only about his team. The bench boss has no issue talking about other teams but every chance that arises his focus goes back to the Rangers.

Kevin Rooney noted as much prior to the Rangers game against the Bruins.

“I think we’ve done a great job of this year, at least Turk’s message has been always about us,” Rooney said on the team’s YouTube channel. “Even going into the Islanders game (on Thursday), we showed a lot of clips before the game on our game and not too much on theirs. I think that’s huge this time of year to focus on our game. We’re not sure who we’re going to play but it’s all going to be about the way we play to be successful.”

NHL Scores and Recaps

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