New Wranglers Ready To Carry On Tradition

By Steve Silver
Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS – The Las Vegas Wranglers are no strangers to the playoffs.

For the fourth consecutive season, and fifth in six years, Las Vegas will make a trip to the postseason when it kicks off a best-of-seven series against the Bakersfield Condors at the Orleans Arena on Friday night for the first-ever playoff meeting between them.

But aside from the team name on their jerseys, there are few remnants remaining from the Wranglers’ march to the Kelly Cup finals last season as Las Vegas (34-31-8) returns just five members from that accomplished 2008 squad.

That lack of playoff experience, however, might not hamper the Wranglers’ quest for the Kelly Cup.

In fact, Las Vegas coach and general manager Glen Gulutzan expressed his excitement about working with a young team while speaking to reporters at the Wranglers’ media day Wednesday afternoon at the Orleans Arena.

“The scariest thing you can run into is a team of young guys that are hungry and get on a roll,” Gulutzan said. “Teams like that are dangerous and that’s where I see us… You might be able to catch older, experienced teams not ready to handle you in a seven-game series night after night if the young guys are really jammed up, jumping to play.”

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