Glen Sather pulled the trigger on a trade late Monday afternoon, and it actually makes sense. The Rangers sent Michal Rozsival and his unsightly contract to Phoenix in exchange for 24-year old Wojtek Wolski. The Rangers were in need of a skilled forward after the bust and eventual loss of Alex Frolov and the rash of injuries that the club has faced this season. Rozsival is under contract until the end of the 2011-12 season and comes at a hefty cap hit of $5 million.
In Wolski, the Rangers have picked up a forward who can play both the wing and centre. Wolski has been scrutinized in the past for what Avalanche blogger Adrian Dater calls “passion-free efforts lots of nights”. Wolski finished the 2009-10 season strong after arriving in Phoenix in exchange for Peter Mueller, putting up 18-points in 18 games for a career high 65-points.
Rozsival has become a whipping boy for the Rangers’ faithful over the past couple of seasons since signing an inflated four-year $20 million deal in 2008. Wolski hasn’t exactly been hot this season either, though. On the surface it appears to be teams exchanging a couple of stagnant players, but it’s hard not to give the edge to Sather and the Rangers on this one, especially given Wolski’s youth. The two time 20 goal scorer was drafted 21st overall by Colorado in 2004 and has 227 points in 356 NHL games. Wolski also has one year left on his deal beyond this season and will come in at a cap hit of $3.8 million.
Rozsival is expected to pick up considerable minutes on the Phoenix blue line that has lacked depth and experience beyond the top four.
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