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02-04-2012, 09:48 AM
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"I wanted things to work out in Minnesota and it's disappointing that it didn't," Wellman said. "I had some chances there, but stuff like this happens and I just look forward to the future and hopefully I get a good opportunity."

Wellman was assigned by the Rangers to the AHL Connecticut Whale.

"I still think he's going to find his way and become a regular NHL player, but we have a lot of returning forwards next year and we have six young prospects that are turning pro," Fletcher said. "I can assure you it wasn't a case of offering Casey around, but we've been working on this for a couple weeks. We tried several different options, and this is what they insisted upon."

An organization source told The Post that while the scouting staff was impressed with Wellman, the Blueshirts opted against making an offer to the California native who was being courted by several teams promising immediate roster spots.
One GM told The Post that he has encountered several situations in which agents are "demanding" that college free agents be placed immediately on the NHL roster as a condition of signing.

"I told one agent, 'You like our organization so much that you want me to sign the player to a contract that will allow him to become a free agent and leave our organization as quickly as possible,' " the GM said. "Exactly how does that work to my benefit?"

Wellman played in the NHL after signing with Minny using up 1 year of the 2 year ELC.

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