Florida Panthers Acquire Wojtek Wolski

Jan 14, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; New York Rangers left wing Wojtek Wolski (86) warms up before playing against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. The Rangers beat the Maple Leafs 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Don’t call him wheeler dealer Dale, but Mr. Tallon has added25 year old forward Wojtek Wolski to the club in a trade with the New York Rangers.  Two trades in two days and all it has cost us are two draft picks and a minor league player in order to get NHL experience.  Going to the Rangers will be a third round pick in 2013, and minor league player Michael Vernace.  Vernace  a defenceman was acquired by the Panthers from Tampa Bay back in December, and was originally a seventh round pick by the San Jose Sharks in 2005.  Vernace is also 25 years old, and will be joining his sixth organEYEzation.

Wolski is in the final year of a $3.8 million dollar contract and will become a RFA after this season.  The deal is actually a good one because we get a player who if he wants to get himself another NHL contract will have to produce, otherwise he could set his sites on the KHL, unless he’s invited to training camp with another team next season.  But let’s not get down on the deal yet.  While Wolski is about two seasons removed from a 23 goal campaign with both Colorado and Phoenix, he is a player that has a nose for scoring, and is pretty decent in shootouts.  If we are fortunate enough to get that version of Wolski, this deal will be robbery.  Dale has pulled things like this before, and you or I should never prejudge a move like this till we see the outcome after a few games.

He has played only nine games for the New York Rangers this season with no goals and three assists.  He was out for quite some time with a groin injury and was on a conditioning sting in the AHL with Connecticut.  In six games he has 3 goals and two assists.

Wolski is en route to Raleigh for tonight’s game against Carolina.  Expect to see him wearing number 86.  You can also follow him on Twitter @WojtekWolski86.

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Topics: Dale Tallon, Florida Panthers, New York Rangers Trade Wojtek Wolski, Wojtek Wolski Now A Florida Panther

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