He puts in a ton of work on the things that coaching and management suggest for him over the summer. He comes to training camp and plays well on a line with Richards and Gaborik. After a few decent games to start the year, he goes out of the lineup with an injury. He finally gets healthy but can't crack the lineup because the team is playing too well. Finally, he gets a shot, but shows some rust and gets benched. Now, he doesn't even get put back into the lineup despite some production issues in our offense.
In all honesty, I'm not particularly happy with the way Tortorella has handled Wolski and at the same time, I don't blame our coach. I have said this before, but we really haven't seen what kind of player Wolski is. We got a snapshot of him in a season where he slumped hard and had major confidence issues. We got less than a snapshot of him this season because he's barely played. But the team has been winning. It's one thing to change around the combinations of the players who have been playing every game. It's a whole other to remove someone from the lineup completely and insert someone new.
i hope he can find his game and light a fire under Richards ass. any way you put it, Ranger fans have to root for this guy. Either to contribute to this team the way a player of his talents is able to, or to raise his trade value so that when we get a player at the deadline, you won't get
from other GMs when we offer him back "for cap reasons." He's talented enough where if you put him with say Datsyuk he'd score a bajillion goals.
I think I could chip in a few if I played with Datsyuk . Wolski , MZA ,Christenson o any other player that likes to pass and skate , play a puck possession game is not cracking the lineup . Heck Brad plays that game and for the most part has been pretty dreadful and is one of te teams only Minus players . WW not a good fit as long as the NYR keep winning . I we had a 5-6 game skid might be diff . But this team playing stingy kick it around the boards bang and crash and back check hockey is not going to show case any creative players
Thatís the consensus of left wing Wojtek Wolski and defenseman Jeff Woywitka after playing six games in 10 days with the Connecticut Whale in two-week conditioning assignments from the New York Rangers. The stints donít officially end until Wednesday, but the Whale donít play again until Friday night at home against the Springfield Falcons.
Wolski isn't in the doghouse. He is underneath the doghouse. Fedotenko got hurt last week and the Rangers played Bickel at forward instead of bringing back Wolski. The Whale don't have anymore games scheduled during the conditioning stint but they don't bring WW back to skate with the Rangers. Now the stint ends today and the Rangers are still discussing what they are going to do with Wolski.
I don't think Wolski is in the doghouse so much as his style is out of sync with the way the rest of our forwards play. He's not good enough to crack the top two lines either--rather have any and all of Anisimov, Dubinsky, Hagelin in those spots than WW.