TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports via Twitter the NY Rangers have traded winger Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers. More details to follow…Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos claims a 3rd round pick is involved.
**UPDATE: The return is minor league defenseman Mike Vernace and a third rounder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The well-traveled Wolski (now on his fourth team in three seasons) will get one last shot to prove himself a capable scoring winger, heading to a team which over the past year has been willing to take chance on players facing uncertain futures. Wolski was sidelined by hip/abdominal injuries this season, with only 9 games-played with the Rangers this season. The Panthers were shopping for offensive depth, and are hoping Wolski will rediscover the scoring touch that, only 3 short years ago, had him considered a promising offensive star. He’s also a restricted free agent this summer, meaning the Panthers can walk away from him if he fails to pan out.
As for the Rangers, this move clears up some cap space, leading to speculation GM Glen Sather is preparing for a bigger acquisition, like perhaps Columbus’ Rick Nash, before the deadline.