Official announcement of the Wellman trade

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From the Rangers:

RANGERS ACQUIRE A FIFTH ROUND PICK IN 2014
Send Forward Casey Wellman to Florida

NEW YORK, July 20, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired a fifth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from Florida in exchange for forward Casey Wellman.

Wellman, 24, skated in 57 games with the Connecticut Whale and Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points, along with 31 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, power play goals (10), and shots on goal (155).  Wellman also recorded two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Minnesota Wild.

The Rangers acquired Wellman from Minnesota on February 3, 2012, in exchange for Erik Christensen and a seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  He tallied nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 31 games with Connecticut following his trade.  In the postseason, Wellman led Connecticut with five assists, tied for first on the team with nine points and second with four goals in nine playoff contests.

The Brentwood, California native was originally signed by Minnesota as an undrafted free agent on March 16, 2010.

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  1. Just wondering…Was it(this news) worth even the published space? Rhetorically, of course.

  2. according to Brooks, 24% reduction in player compensation, lowest level since 02-03 and 2011-12 cap would have been $50.8 million

    lockout here we come!

  3. no kidding, Buttman said he wanted the cap to go way down and he wasn’t kidding and with Fehr’s histgory it’s a no brainer. I believe there won’t be a season at all, time will tell.

  4. tommyG

    based on those numbers, you’re probably right that they’re won’t be a season at all.

  5. well Lloyd,
    look at the bright side, the rangers will be well rested, healthy and ready for the 2013-2014 season and possibly by september of 2013, Howson will have traded Nash.

  6. e3 (pimp's angel) stay thirsty my friends on

    tommyg – great post….i totally agree….hank and the D will be well rested if the season is cancelled….2013-14 here we come…

  7. The owners are contradicting themselves…

    Parise ~$100m
    Kovalchuk ~$100m
    WWEber~$110m
    etc…etc…etc…

    Are we sure “the owner” demands aren’t just Buttman’s demands since he and the NHL people effectively own the Coyotes and soon the Blue Jackets…and soon some other failing franchise….

    They just don’t want to have to pay for good players on bad teams, since the money will come out of their pockets/profits…

    Time for contraction or expansion into TRUE HOCKEY markets…

    Now, it’s official: Terrible idea to start a NHL team in Arizona and an even worse idea to do it in Ohio….

  8. The main problem and it’s a big problem with the NHL is the owners fearless loser leader and his name is Buttman, the slimy little rat.

  9. Leetchhalloffame on

    Another HUGE move by Slats this offseason. He’s really earning his paycheck now.

  10. Ria(the silent bonehead) on

    So now that the nba approved ads on the jerseys look for Stern to get his buddy buttman to follow suit with the nhl. Happy B-day jpg’s sister!!!

  11. If you want to succeed in this league at 175-180 lbs., you had better be as fast as Hagelin or as nasty as Bobby Clarke, preferably both.

  12. So now who’s the answer!!!!!! I need an answer!

    Happy 26th jpg’s sister!!

    The way some of these contracts are being handed out right before the CBA expires and the owners get all penny pinchy is making me thirsty….

  13. The question is “What acquisition can the Rangers make that will substantially improve their offensive output, while not crippling them financially, shipping top flight youth (that doesn’t include Step), nor bringing in another high-paid aged veteran who is quite possibly on the decline merely for his ‘leadership’ abilities (think Dreary and Holik)?”

  14. Signing Doan would not be a great move for the Rangers. They have a Shane Doan. His name is Ryan Callahan. In fact, I would say they have a potential Shane Doan in Brandon Dubinski. Doan is not what the team needs. Sure, he’s a good player, but he’ll be 36 and he’ll get a big contract that’ll last until he’s at least 40. This will be Chris Drury 2.0 or worse.

    If they are going to trade or sign a FA they need a scorer. Parise was really the only one available in free agency. Well, Semin is, but we all know that Torts would end up stangling him. So, Ryan and Nash are available, but they will cost assets.

    I don’t know. Maybe it’s time to say go with what they’ve got and hope one of the prospects surprises.

  15. I agree that this labor war will be ugly. I don’t agree that Bettman is weak in the bargaining sense. And he has the owners’ pretty strongly behind him.

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