Rangers trade Ethan Werek to Phoenix for Oscar Lindberg


From the Rangers:


New York, May 8, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Oscar Lindberg from Phoenix in exchange for Ethan Werek.

Lindberg, 19, skated in 41 games with Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League this season, registering five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 31 penalty minutes.  He also appeared in 18 playoff contests with Skelleftea, tallying three goals and four assists for seven points, ranking sixth on the team in scoring and tying for fifth in goals.  The native of Skelleftea, Sweden appeared in six games at the World Junior Championship, collecting two goals and two assists, tying for fifth on the team in scoring.  He tallied the game deciding goal, registered five shots and a plus-two rating in a 6-5 shootout victory over Canada on December 31.

The 6-1, 190-pounder has skated in 77 career matches with Skelleftea, registering six goals and 10 assists for 16 points, along with 66 penalty minutes.  Lindberg has also appeared in 78 contests with Skelleftea’s junior team, tallying 36 goals and 46 assists for 82 points along with 108 penalty minutes.  He recorded the league’s best faceoff percentage in 2008-09 (63.4), 2009-10 (60.4) and 2010-11 (69.6).

Lindberg was drafted by Phoenix as their second round choice, 52nd overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Werek, 19, skated in 47 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points along with 51 penalty minutes.   He was originally drafted by the Rangers as their second choice, 47th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. Olga Folkyerself on

    Wasn’t Oscar Lindberg the pilot who flew non-stop from New York to Stockholm in 1927?

  2. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    frequent flyer miles

  3. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    buy a lot of timbits

  4. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    get hosed on the exchange rate

  5. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    go to a dog sledding camp

  6. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    enjoy the mosquitos

  7. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    watch a lot of trailer park boys

  8. I don’t think either of those Red Wings could have caught Couture but they sure didn’t try. And they sure were in full coast mode before Couture got behind them. In an elimination game. Jeez.

  9. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    have a way better crowd participation rate during the national anthem

  10. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    learn more rush songs

  11. wicky(grating PIBG)© (The game’s not over until somebody cries!!) on

    nothing yet? I give carp, what will they do?

  12. Why the heck do they keep trading with the Coyotes, and what is the rationale behind this deal?

  13. how nice we get the guy who scores less
    but is good on faceoffs.
    another 3rd liner if he gets that far?

  14. I don’t understand this move at all. You’re right, Orr! Why do we always swap prospects with Maloney and the Yotes? Strange. Werek looked like a solid prospect…

    By the way…The Kentucky Derby is a lot of fun…so many babes!

  15. Olga Folkyerself on

    Detroit Wins!

    2 goal leads in the 3rd aren’t what they used to be…

  16. wicky, its treating me pretty good. finally stopped raining earlier this week.

    Detroit wins again. Almost impossible to kill them off, it seems, Impressive.

  17. eddie eddie eddie on

    i hope wings and preds can extend their series’ to 7…..nothing beats NHL game 7’s

  18. Why? Why must he do this? Obviously were not getting anyone much better in Exchange.. retarded. Sather is still a moron, really what did this accomplish?

  19. eddie eddie eddie on

    Latona – my heart goes out to your player – Brooke….losing a parent at a young age is the worst…I know….

  20. Usually our second round choices have been our best choices, why second guess now? Really, can anyone give any explanation other then his face-off prowess or the simple fact that sather just needs to be sather?

  21. eddie eddie eddie on

    AV – Werek put up some good numbers too…strange when you compare what each has done to date…is the swedish elite league THAT much superior to the OHL?

  22. That has to be the question to ask. From what I know of the Swedish elite is that their most productive scorer, zuccarello, is good, but not fantastic. How many more nhlers have come from the ohl compared to the SEL

  23. billybleedsblue on

    lol. It’s just Slats being Slats. Besides, who knows what’s going on behind closed doors. Maybe it’s just a bet they’ve made with each other for laughs? Or maybe it’s a set-up? Or maybe, it’s just insane and means nothing… Any guess is good at this point.

  24. eddie eddie eddie on

    billy – my guess is that it aint cigars that slats puffs,,,,me thinks its the chronic…

  25. Carp, can we start a meaningless content on the next prospect sather is going to trade for no reason?

  26. eddie,

    Thank you for the kind words and I am sorry for your losses as well. Unfortunately, it is something that happens to too many of us.. my family has not been so lucky..

  27. Eddie, so, for that reason alone, we’re supposed to come to the conclusion that this is a bad trade, and this kid is garbage?? It’s a trade, 19 year old prospect for 19 year old prospect. For all we know, they’ll both end up as garbage players. Lets not act like Werek was hot shyte.

    Slats has done well with trades, so I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to trading.

    This is really a non-issue. It’s not like we traded him for a 3rd line veteran.

    Just like the McIlrath whiners…

  28. is this newsworthy? being a Rangers blog i guess it is but ive never heard of either kid.

    gosh they couldn’t spraypaint some sticks pink for mothers day?! even the pros use different sticks than their sponsors and have their trainers put the XXXXL VAPOR whatever on the shafts.

    only 1 more win for the Wings and nothing else matters but game number 7. mang this west coast just can’t finish. if the bolts or boston pop out the East i like their odds.

  29. Orr, thats exactly the point. Y do anything, esp with the success we’ve had in the second round for something that is seemingly meaningless?

  30. Noonan, if u haven’t heard of ethan werek, you’re not to into our prospects and future, so you wouldn’t have heard about him..

  31. A V, do you know anything aboot Werek? Do you know anything aboot Lindberg? If not, you can’t really complain aboot this trade.

    I don’t see the problem?

    And why is this immediately on Sather?? Maybe someone else was behind the trade. Someone who knows a hell of a lot more than we do.

    Like I said, non-issue, as far as I’m concerned. We still have Kreider, and we still have other notable prospects at the forward position.

    Complain aboot it in a few years *IF* Werek is a halfway decent player, and Lindberg is an AHL-er.

  32. eddie eddie eddie on

    Latona – thx mate….death is the ultimate cruelty…..i dont like it…..afraid of it….I hope Brooke is able to talk to someone and grieve properly…too often it gets locked away only to resurface much much later….not good when that happens…

  33. Let’s see. Dubinsky, callahan, stepan, Anisimov… all core guys, all second round choices!

  34. eddie eddie eddie on

    orr – i knew ethan werek, ethan werek was a friend of mine, and oscar madison lindberg cheese is no ethan werek

  35. Ohhhh, he’s gonna be really good and Lindberg is gonna suck because Dublowsky, Callaman, Step-On, Artie, and Sour-Power are all core guys.

    What aboot Marc Andre Cliche AKA Marc Andre WHO?

    What aboot Darin Olver, Bruce Graham, and good ol’ Dane Byers, who everyone thought would be sooo awesome!

    Don’t forget the almighty Ivan Baranka!

    I’m sure there’s more. I’m not saying Werek is gonna suck, but I don’t see why this is such a big deal.

  36. I’m just frustrated cuz from what I remember hearing about this guy he was pretty promising. And ya ur right, I don’t know anything about lindberg other then the fact that his stats are weaker then those of werek and that he’s Swedish. Still, find it unwarranted and this is where rangers fans go to discuss this topics.

  37. To me, I think people just need a quick reason to bitch aboot Slats.

    Why don’t you just wait patiently for July 1st, just like I am. Save it for that horrific day when we sign Richards to a 7 year deal.

  38. OMG!!! We traded Werek away!? He was our future!! He was our only chance!! WHY?!

    so Sharks blew another game…can’t relax against a team like Wings

  39. I’m sure Coyotes fans are saying the same thing aboot Lindberg right now.

    And I’m not saying we can’t discuss this, I’m just saying it’s waaaay too premature to say this is a bad trade.

    Just like McIlrath/Fowler. We’re going to have to wait to get into that, just like this.

  40. billybleedsblue on

    I doubt we’ll even remember any of this in a few years when both of ’em are non-factors.

  41. eddie,

    She definitely needs to discuss her emotions; while they might be jarbled and confused, as she’s only in 4th grade, better to get something out or at least cry on a shoulder or be comforted by a hug than to be removed. I, of course, opted for the latter and have paid the consequences for doing so.

    And let’s see what both players do in their respective careers before we evaluate trades.

  42. LOL! I hope I didn’t start this debate!

    All I said was that I didn’t understand why the deal was made. Kind of like the Lisin/Korpedo trade…

    I think Adam at SNY had the best take on it, he thinks that “…the Rangers didn’t want to sign Werek and instead sent him to Phoenix, who else, and got a player who they could keep in Sweden for a while.”

  43. apparently Werek had some attitude concerns and didn’t show the Rangers any growth since they drafted him.

    Lindberg might not have the upside but he’s a sure thing to be a 3rd/4th line center in the NHL

  44. eddie eddie eddie on

    latona – same here…..repression often leads to depression….the grieving process must be respected….i feel so bad for her…..you may need to be a father figure for her…..oh goodness….breaks my heart….

  45. Olga

    I don’t know about any Oscar Lindberg flying to Stockholm in 1927, but there was a Charles Lindberg who took off from NY ( Floyd Bennett Field if I’m not mistaken), and flew to Paris. Landed at le Bourget field..I think,,,( sorry about the hesitation but this happened a year before I was born.)……….if you want to think about guts, then this guy had it. Tiny hi- wing monoplane packed with fuel tanks)……….tragic family, had their little son kidnapped for ransom and never found, but huge trial ( very controversial) and they convicted Bruno Hauptman for murder and executed him in the chair. Many think he didn’t get a fair trial.

  46. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    A young player who can score for a young player who looks like a journeyman roster filler. Not a good start to the off-season derby.

  47. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    You look at Lindberg’s stats you think you are looking at numbers for a defenseman. I had to look twice and blink to see that this just acquired plug is really supposed to be a forward. Where have you gone all the Rangers forward acquisitions who have under-achieved over the last 10 years?

  48. I’ve seen Werek play a few times and IMO, he’s got the potential to be a second line center – a good combination of size, skill, and mobility (and a willingness to go to the tough areas on the ice).

    By no means am I declaring this trade a winner/loser but I must admit I’m a tad disappointed to see Werek traded – I’m not sure what happened. Did the Rangers write him off as a prospect? Was he demanding first round money? Are the Rangers nearing the limit of the number of players under contract organizationally?

    It would be interesting to hear the reasoning for this deal – I gotta think it had more to do with getting rid of Werek than acquiring Lindberg, but who knows?

  49. I wish the Rangers would only sign and draft Americans and Canadian kids.The work ethic of most europeans sucks and they are usually Pansies on the ice.I’ll take north Americans any day,I wish so would Sather !No one else will even speak to sather, Why should anyone talk to him he is an arrogant ass.Maybe Maloney likes him or something?

  50. great game last night.

    excited for the one tonight.

    i love how hockey drags out when one conference sweeps teams like Philly and the other conference goes game 6-7! i had to fight some old man over a baskeyball game at the bar last night lol. he settled down and watched the entire game and agreed. BOY DID 55 LAY OUT CLOWE LOL AND CLOWE IS NOT A SMALL KID

    playoff hockey is the best in the world

  51. Datsyuk (with one hand), Zetterberg, Franzen (on one leg), Holmstrom, Kronwall, Erikson, Lidstrom, Filpula- those are European guys who showed up and played their hearts out last night. Really terrible work ethic and true pansies in the ice….VinceA- to put it mildly, I’ve seen brighter posts…

  52. Mannyfried on

    Two things we can learn from this swap:

    1. The Phoenix Coyotes have not yet been relocated; and
    2. Sather loves doing business with the ‘Yotes.

  53. CTBlueshirt on

    Don’t forget everyone’s favorite “is he really Swedish?” Douglas Murray.

  54. Good Morning!

    Yes… we’ve got a birthday! :)

    Thank you, ilb!

    And Happy Victory (WWII) Day To All! S Dnem Pobedy!

  55. Some teams are trade-friendly and the Coyotes happen to be one of those teams. Like hey let’s make a deal you may get the short end of the stick this season but we’ll get you back next one ::wink wink::

    Some news about Kreider. NCAA or something. He won’t be a Ranger next season boohoo good for him.

  56. Olga Folkyerself on

    Thanks for keeping me honest fran. :)

    Wasn’t Chuckie also a Nazi sympathizer? Or did he just want to keep the US out of the war? I bow to your impeccable intellect…

  57. Doodie Machetto on

    I actually predicted what the Prospect Park blog would say before I read it. Such sycophantic crushes on every Rangers prospect and every managerial decision made. I wouldn’t be surprised if Sather was the author. Basically, it boiled down to this:

    1) Ethan Werek is amazingly talented, being that he was a Rangers draft pick
    2) He had to be traded for some reason other than his play, because the Rangers drafted him, so he’s amazing
    3) The Rangers are getting the better end of the deal because the Rangers made a trade and they always make good trade decisions.

  58. Kronwall is soft according to some because he is European.. Meantime, after that hit, big guy Clowe wasn’t sure whether he was born in Canada or Middle East.

  59. Leetchhalloffame on

    Werek = another great draft choice & trade by Slats. FIRE SATHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. Happy Birthday, C3!

    LOL! We’re still talking/complaining about Werek? Maybe we should have a new poll, Carp? This is huge news, afterall :P

    That’s a pretty dim-bulb generalization about North American vs. Eurpean players, VinceA…

  61. Pretty good, Doodie….It’s spelled with “O”, but pronounced with “A”

  62. Thanks guys!! I really really REALLY appreciate all the wishes!

    Well done, Doodie!


  63. billybleedsblue on

    It’s funny because I imagine Carp knew exactly what he was doing when he posted this trade up… “Ha, ha, ha, this will really get them going, especially that Olga guy!” hahaha, keep up the good work Carp :D

  64. Olga

    Lindberg did indeed become infatuated with the build up of Hitler’s Luftwaffe, and he had expressed admiration for their activities. As to sympathizing, I don’t know for sure, but I do know that went into the south Pacific during the war, and taught long range fighter pilots ( read Lockheed twin engine _P-38 Lightnings ( what a beautiful bird), and he taught them the trick of leaning out their engines to enhance their fuel consumption and getting greater range for an A/C that already was great of range. I’ve also heard that he went on a sortie and shot down a couple of Jap planes, but never able to confirm this. If you ever get to see a fighter’s cockpit you’ll notice that beside the throttle control there are two other small controls one for Prop pitch ( the adjusting the pitch of the propellors to get more grab especially on take offs, ) and the other is for lean or rich mixtures of fuel and are so marked. Lean means more air to fuel ratio and
    and rich means heavier on the fuel to air mix. That rich mix is normally used for takeoffs and the lean is used for extending the flight range…but one must be careful for that lean mixture also tends to increase temperature of the engine. ( Isn’t flyin FUN???) Especially for long range sortees over the Pacific ocean.


    If you hear a lot of moaning and groaning about how we “executed” Bin Laden, and that was …shameful” he being an enemy leader of course. What rot. Let me know and I’ll let you in on an “Execution” that was conducted by our Army Air Force during WWII.

  65. I can only say that this profile on Lindberg as a primarily defensive prospect doesn´t quite add up. Lindberg in my view is if not better offensively than both johansson and tedenby, at least as good. Lindberg has got a fantastic offensive sense, and we would be glad if we can keep him herre in Sweden for a couple of more seasons. I can pretty much guarantee that with a little more icetime and pp-time, he will easily come up with points in the high thirties in the swedish leauge next season. i´ve seen hom in 70 games this season and i rank him in the same leauge as his buddy prospects Adam Larsson, tim erixon and david rundblad. Yeah i know there defensemen and they have much better stats. but they have got one more season in the senior leauge. Mark my words, Lindberg is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

  66. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    ORR – Good point in the previous post re the fact that a kid being able to score in the OHL is no lock to score in the NHL. BUT, how about kids who cannot score at the OHL level, are they a good bet to blossom into NHL scoring stardom?

    I don’t have the stats in front of me, but it seems to me that demonstrating a skill at a young age in lower competition indicates a far better percentage chance of duplicating that accomplishment, at the top, than not doing so. I fear we will lose this trade by a country mile. Werek could be the next Marc Savard. Or not. But I don’t see what we got in exchange as ever making an impact at the NHL level, if he even makes it to the NHL. Werek will be in the NHL soon. Vefy unhappy with the philosophy behind the willingness to make this trade. It is dangerously flawed with the potential for disaster.

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