The New York Rangers have traded forward Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers, who sent a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft and minor-league defenseman Mike Vernace to the Rangers.
Wolski has no goals and three assists in nine games for the Rangers this season. He was acquired from Phoenix in January 2011 and had six goals and 19 points in 37 games for the Rangers after the deal. He is in the final year of a two-year contract at $3.8 million per season.
The 26-year-old forward has missed time this season with a pair of injuries, and was loaned to Connecticut in the American Hockey League for a conditioning stint but has been a healthy scratch of late.
It is Florida's second trade in as many days, following a deal Friday afternoon for forward Jarred Smithson from Nashville. The Panthers, hoping to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2000, are in an extremely close battle for a spot. Entering play Saturday, Florida held the No. 8 spot in the East, one point better than division rival Washington and Toronto and just one point behind Southeast Divsion leader Winnipeg, which sits third in the conference.
Last edited by MiamiScreamingEagles: 02-25-2012 at 01:11 PM.
He's an RFA. We'll see what he does in the next 20 games. If he sucks, we let him go, if he seems to produce, maybe we look at re-upping him for another year. Low risk, high reward move. Good job Dale.
Not really. Salary is $3.8M but it's prorated, and he's an RFA end of season. It's mostly just taking a chance by spending some money. He might regain some of his old form in a new environment. He's been really good before, and is only 26.