Jack Downing returns from Providence; Rays sign York; LeNeveu signs with Hartford

Some good news and bad news for the South Carolina Stingrays on the transactions wire.

First, Jack Downing is back from the Providence Bruins and will be in the lineup tonight against Greenville. The bad news is that goalie David LeNeveu has signed a “Standard Professional Contract” or SPC with Hartford in the AHL. The SPC means that LeNeveu will be up in Hartford for the foreseeable future. He didn’t sign a PTO, which is essentially a tryout agreement.

jack downing

Jack Downing returns from Providence

Now, don’t be mad at David. When he signed with the Stingrays he made it clear that his goal was to get an AHL contract. LeNeveu was very up front about his desire to play in the AHL, so he was using the Stingrays as a vehicle to get where he wanted to go.

There is some good news. If David is sent down to the ECHL, much like Hunter Bishop, he would go to the Stingrays.

Rays head coach Spencer Carbery was able to pick up Evansville goalie Allen York, who has NHL experience. He’ll be joining the team tomorrow.

Since being recalled to the Bruins on December 10, Downing, 24, skated in 11 AHL contests registering no points and two penalty minutes. In 16 games with the Stingrays this season, the New Canaan, Connecticut, native scored six goals and five assists for 11 points. Last season, Downing appeared in 34 games with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) adding 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points and netted four points (one goal, three assists) in 19 contests with their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.

Allen York

Allen York has played one game in the NHL.

York, 24, appeared in six games with the IceMen this season going 3-3-0 with a 4.12 goals-against average and .863 save percentage. The Wetaskiwin, Alberta, native also dressed in eight AHL contests with the Rockford IceHogs, Texas Stars and Charlotte Checkers earning a 3-2-2 record, 2.00 goals-against average (GAA) and .923 save percentage. York split last season between the IceMen and Springfield Falcons (AHL) skating in five games at the ECHL level (3-1-1, 2.72 GAA, .919 save percentage) and 19 matchups in the AHL (13-6-0, 2.39 GAA, .907 save percentage).

A sixth-round selection (158 overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2007 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft, York made his NHL debut on October 25, 2011 and battled in 10 more games during the 2011-12 season picking up a 3-2-0 record, 2.30 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound goaltender earned his first NHL victory on March 28, 2012 making 29 saves in a 4-2 Blue Jackets triumph over the Detroit Red Wings. Prior to turning pro, York attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for three seasons.



One thought on “Jack Downing returns from Providence; Rays sign York; LeNeveu signs with Hartford

  1. God love our Rays for hanging in with a plethora of players, some from the SPHL, some from “off” who started the season elsewhere. Our Grade A unit has been decimated by promotion (it is a developmental league after all) and injury.

    Last night, I observed the heart of a lion, a group that played its collective tails off. I also observed those mean players in dark sweaters taking physical liberty with our smaller in stature lads.

    Dear Santa. Until our grit returns (will it?), please sift through the ECHL and SPHL to see if an aggressive player or two with size can be had.

    Meanwhile, undying support to this group for trying to keep it together.

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