Official announcement on the Wolski trade


From the Rangers:


Send Forward Wojtek Wolski to Florida  

New York, February 25, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired a third round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and defenseman Michael Vernace from Florida in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski.

Vernace, 25, has split the season between the San Antonio Rampage and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering two goals and 14 assists for 16 points, along with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 44 games.  He was traded to Florida, along with James Wright, from Tampa Bay in exchange for Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg on December 2, 2011.  Vernace ranks third among San Antonio defensemen in assists and points, and is tied for second with one power play goal.  He has recorded two multi-point performances this season, including a two-goal effort on October 22 vs. Binghamton and a career-high, three assists on October 29 at Syracuse.

Vernace has skated in 348 career AHL games with Albany, Lake Erie, Chicago, Hamilton, Norfolk, and San Antonio, registering 18 goals and 97 assists for 115 points, along with 288 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in assists (26) and points (29) with Lake Erie in 2007-08, and established a career-high in goals (seven) with Norfolk in 2010-11.  Vernace has also skated in 22 career regular season games with the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, registering one assist and 10 penalty minutes.  He made his NHL debut with Colorado on March 17, 2009, at Minnesota, and recorded his first NHL point with an assist on February 15, 2011, vs. Philadelphia as a member of the Lightning.

The Toronto, Ontario native was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks as a seventh round choice, 201st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Wolski, 26, has registered three assists in nine games with the Rangers this season. He was acquired by the Rangers from Phoenix in exchange for Michal Rozsival on January 10, 2011.


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  1. so in essence Columbus is looking to fleece the Rangers in order to give them a guy with a roughly $8 million/year contract who’s likely on the downside of his career

    How about colossal byfuglien PASS

  2. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    I’m not a fan of this trade possibility AT ALL. besides, we’re paying Richards mad money and he’s Swayzeing again

  3. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    ben and jerrys lloyd.. tasty ice cream. I can’t believe you ate 12 pints in 4 days Orr, that’s just a massive intake

  4. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    nah lloyd, he’s a young whippersnapper who can eat 12 pints of ice cream in 4 days and probably work it off in 2

  5. how young, though

    when I was in my 20s, I could down philly cheesesteaks from Carl’s along with a bag of fries about 5 minutes before going to bed without gaining a pound. of course I was also drunk so that may have helped.

  6. when was the last time Glen Sather made a trade that wasn’t in our favor???? His trades are always money….

  7. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on


    so, provided his plane gets in on time, WoWo will be in the lineup for the panthers…

  8. re: the last post

    can everyone who keeps bemoaning Avery and suggesting he could score a game seven game winning goal please get over it… He isnt the hockey player he was 4 years ago when he helped us win that devils series

  9. “When was the last time Glen Sather made a trade that wasn’t in our favor?”

    The Werek for Lindberg deal (or Europansygeddon) will resonate with the sound of failure for the next 200 years.

    Why did I think putting on the Penguins feed of a game they are 4-0 up would be anything other than horrendously puke-inducing? Apparently, they are the first team in NHL history to kill off a penalty and the first to have a player block a shot towards the end of a PK shift.

  10. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    that’s absolutely amazing battle level preparedness by the pen()S LW. You should be honored at having viewed it as it happened!

  11. Hey, ibob was dead on about Richards being traded to either the Rangers or Leafs (or somebody else) at the deadline last year.

  12. fchamps

    “Downside of career” doesn’t mean a player is done, just that it’s relatively rare for players to increase their production beyond their mid-20s. CTB will be along to draw a chart later.

  13. Jesus, the Pens broadcast even has these little vignettes during the commercials summarising the hitherto unknown careers of unheralded players such as Crosby and Malkin.

  14. fchamps:

    unless you think Nash is a Hall of Famer, and history suggests that it’s primarily hall of famers who maintain the kind of production Nash had (operative word is hard btw.) he’s got nowhere to go but down. that doesn’t mean he’ll put up Dubinsky 2011-12 numbers next season, but he means you’re not getting what you paid for.

  15. WojtekWolski86 Will miss all the guys @BDubi17 @BrandonPrust8 @Rupper17 @martybiron43 @MGaborik10 @MichaelDelZotto @HLundqvist30 @BRichards_1991 Goodluck
    8 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    WojtekWolski86 Thanks to the @nyrangers for the opportunity the last 2 seasons. Sad to leave nyc but very excited about playing for the Florida Panthers
    10 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

    Class on the way out…

  16. There must be a significant electrocution risk (I hope) from all the drooling Steigerwald and Errey do on their microphones.

  17. people focus way too much on how much a specific player makes. Its not guys like Nash or Richards that get a team into trouble its a fluky/aging players like Ville Leino, Wade Redden that cause a team cap problems

    As long as Nash plays like a top line player he is worth the cap hit…

  18. Shortly before 3pm Mike Keenan being interviewed on FAN Radio stated that he didn’t think the Rangers were going to get Nash on Monday because there were too many teams in the hunt and that Sather wasn’t going to give Columbus what they wanted

  19. Exactly, Oleo. I mentioned it the other day, push comes to shove, you can trade Nash. There’s always teams that are interested in guys like that, even if they’re not scoring 40-50 goals, like they’re expected to do, like Dany Heatley.

  20. Thing is, it’s pretty obvious to everyone just how good Malkin is. It diminishes him having these two dopes fawning over him to such a ridiculous degree to point it out.

  21. HageLinMcCalPruBoylahan on

    heading out.. guys please keep my posted with a text if anything happens between now and game time THANKS!!

  22. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Oscar Lindberg =

    A forward who, when you look at his stats, you think he is a defenseman. Werek looks a lot better, at least on paper.

  23. Now on the Blues’ intermission broadcast. Some commercial for a fast food place telling people to go to Couldn’t help but read it as

  24. Is somebody really posting under other peoples names? Especially wit stupid cook like the Orr imposter said? Jeez, get a life….is there anything more childish?

  25. I Rarely Speak on

    i enjoy this board too much.. i have been a silent bonehead back to the sam days.. even more fun participating staal!

  26. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    Awesome! Comment away!…You may need to change the name though…haha!

  27. Staal Wart and the Overachievers on

    Looks like Carp did some “house keeping”…Bleached the bowl if you will.

  28. Boom Boom

    Ethan Werek’s AHL stats: 44 games 4 G 4 A – 11

    Not sure where you are getting your info from but Werek has been awful for someone who lacks defensive instincts and allegedly has attitude problems. Lindberg has better numbers (barely though) in a better league and is supposed to be a defensive first player. And he is a year younger too…

  29. hearing there will be changes after 3 PM Monday… this team will have new player(s)… almost a done deal now…and don’t tell me i never told you anything, ungrateful punks!

  30. Nash is an elite world class player and sniper, type that is rarely available. Very few players on this team, including combinations thereof, I would not trade for him. His contract is a non-issue, in 2 years it’s Gabby who’ll be gone or making less.

    Who do the Rangers have on the ice with the goalie pulled down by a goal? For a key power play? Tie game late in the third? Who are the 3-4 forwards? For this team to be a cup contender Nash needs to be one of them.

  31. oleosmirf February 25th, 2012 at 3:11 pm
    people focus way too much on how much a specific player makes. Its not guys like Nash or Richards that get a team into trouble its a fluky/aging players like Ville Leino, Wade Redden that cause a team cap problems

    As long as Nash plays like a top line player he is worth the cap hit…

    perfectly said oleo

  32. the werek trade was bad for us at the time only because he was supposed to be very good, but looking at his stats now, doesnt look as one sided

  33. I Rarely Speak on

    Nash says his teams of where he will go will not increase over the summer.. sounds like hes trying to push towards the Rangers

  34. As long as Nash plays like a top line player he is worth the cap hit…


    That appears to have been a problem with most of the guys the Rangers have picked up in the last 15 or so years no?

  35. I’d imagine we’re the only team Nash will waive his NTC to go to. We’ll have him in time to play the Devils on Monday.

  36. Werek was traded because the Rangers didn’t like his defensive game and that he had problems with his coaches in juniors. The Rangers have always been against prospects with attitude problems.

    Instead they traded him for a guy who will need to stay in Sweden to refine his game but will eventually be a solid 3rd line player…

  37. if anyone going to game i will be in section 330 row g aisle seats come by say hello

    text me 516-749-3110 if u want to meet for drink

  38. hey, he could go to the isles. they could use a franchise goalie like deepee. plus u throw in the all star parenteau and bam, cup contenders in 25 years

  39. I think it has something to do where they work, maybe? Not sure!

    Blues beat Jets in the shootout. It would be pretty cool if the Jets win the division. I like those Jets. They’re better than the three times defending Super Ball champion New York Jets.

  40. ya know Carp
    all this trade talk is making
    me hungry for some
    non-fat yogurt
    (at least i’m told it’s non-fat. maybe i’ll get a lab to test it.)

  41. u wanna stick with “light” yogurt jpg. its just as healthy, plus the little fat in it helps lubricate your digestive system. after all, the stress of hockey season and trade deadline always makes me constipated. like sitting on a train for 2 days straight.

  42. What’s it take to get a 40-hour suspension around here? What’s the virtual equivalent of charging? I’m gonna do that.

  43. yes sally, im still there. hardly use it but i go on to check mal n suff. dnt realy chat with anyone anymore. my work schedule iscrazy so when i get on, its usually bedtime for everyone.

  44. better beans than these on

    In Sarasota Dream World, we love terms, like “elite” and “world-class” and “sniper.”
    Mmmmnnnn – gives us chills just to say ’em.

    And, if you’re actually also living in the real world (Toy Department, to be fair:-),
    y’notice that in 2008-9, Rick was actually worthy, on occasion, with a S% of 15.2.
    Pretty damned good, just short of Wow!
    Then, in 2009-10, it fell to 13%. Still good, and not a great worry in a single year.
    In 2010-11, fell again. No longer a one-year bump, but the beginning of a trend.
    He finished at 10.5%.
    This year, trend continues. He’s down almost another 2% from last year’s not-so-
    good numbers.
    THIS IS NOT A ONE-YEAR DECLINE. It’s now three and counting.
    Very worrisome, if he’s Dubi, at the $4-million range. ‘Cause in a cap system, though
    $4 million’s not a killer, it’s a significant hit on a 23-man roster.
    But it’s not Dubi. It’s a guy makin’ almost twice as much. So the cap impiications, as
    much as Dream-Worlders dismiss them with glib and trite phrases (“we’ll cross that bridge
    ….” a personal fav) are, to put it mildly, humongous.

    So, in the real world, Dream-Worlders are gettin’ their chills from a guy who, to echo the
    rhapsodies of one of them, “..carries, creates, and finishes” – but only does the last (the only
    one that really counts, eh?) at 60% of the efficiency that he did it way back in 2008….

    Could he reverse that terrible trend? Sure. It’s possible.
    Could he come here and form a dynamic duo with the so-far-less-than-advertised Brad
    Richards, giving the Rangers two-thirds of a dynamic scoring line, the likes of which
    the opposition hasn’t had to worry about for years and years? Possible.

    But a lot of evidence, outside the comfort of the “chills” words, says unlikely. Evidence from
    players like him, in previous trades, and evidence from his own profile.

    And Dream-Worlders are casual about the roughly $50 million anchor around his neck.
    If Rick continues to be one of the worst bang-for-buck guys in the league, why, no problemo!
    The new CBA will, like magic, find a way for him to disappear. Another franchise, even
    more gullible than Glen’s, will do a Gomez. It will rain real cats, and real dogs!
    Fans of sports teams will think critically, rationally, and long term!

    Unh-hunh. Yup. Sure. I swear it….

  45. I like these Jets too, ORR – it’d be cool for the franchise to make the playoffs their first season up at the MTS. The only thing going against them are the amount of games they’ve played.. most in the conference.

  46. Tony: ok. someone said something earlier in the season
    that sounded as if management (aka Avery) said no games.
    check first….if you want.

    Grabby: thanks for the info. the comment was Seinfeld reference, Lloyd Braun episode, the gang were crazy for the non-fat yogurt til they figured out it contained fat.

    if anything, could use help with all the headaches i’ve been getting recently. due in large part to sinus pressure and weather constantly changing. had ct scan done, found nothing.

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