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Glen Sather Live! … on the Wolski-Rozsival trade

Posted By On January 10, 2011 @ 5:11 pm In Hockey,New York Rangers,NHL | 307 Comments

I will live blog portions of the conference call, and if it’s not too long, I may transcribe the entire call later.

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Glen Sather:

“Spoken to Donnie about a month ago but there wasn’t a way to make a deal. … guy I’ve been interested in for a while, surprised last year when Colorado traded him …”

Frolov injury made it more urgent.

On Del Zotto tie-in?: “We like our young defense … we know it’s a little risky … but opportunity to do something with a 24-year old who’s been a goal scorer, we thought too good an opportunity to turn down.”

“I think the obvious reason is we have a lot of good young defensemen progressing the way we like them. We’ve been building our organization around youth … moving a guy who’s 32 years old with this year and next left on his contract, it was a good opportunity for us to get younger and bigger and give young defensemen a chance to play.”

“I was very happy with the way Rozy played. He’s a good player, durable, works hard, played through a lot of pain in his career. We have nothing but good things to say about him. I thought he was treated unfairly once in a while. We liked him a lot. He was a good person.”

Hopes Wolski will be here long-term. “He’s a skillful player.”

Doesn’t know if Rozsival’s treatment was tied into his salary.

“Just a situation where we thought we could strengthen ourselves at forward after we lost a pretty good winger the other night.”

“The other side of the coin … it’s created another opportunity … this reduces our cap by $1.2M so it might give us an opportunity to do something else in the future … (this) makes sense for us for a lot of reasons.”

“Deal came together real quick.”

“I think the Coyotes team has changed quite a bit from the way they were built last year. Sometimes things change within a team for a player … we think we have some players he might be able to be successful with. We think our (coaches) might be (able to help him be successful).”

“He’s got the ability to play (on any line) on our team.”

Wolski gets in tonight, will be available tomorrow. Newbury is staying (for the time being).

“The way we’ve been losing people this year, a lot of these guys from Connecticut could be here at any time.”

“If you look historically back at some of the deals that are made for players at this age, you find you’re not going tobe able to get (a player like this) unless something goes wrong. … every trade is a hit and miss. … we’re going to give this guy an opportunity (said he thinks the coaches can “rehab” his game.”

Watched him since Brampton. Checked with junior coaches “have a full analytical dossier” on him.

(The end.)

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