Rangers trade Rozsival to Phoenix for Wolski

In a deal that Rangers president Glen Sather called "too good an opportunity to turn down," he acquired left wing Wojtek Wolski from the Coyotes Monday for Michal Rozsival, 32, the high-priced defenseman who never did win over the Garden crowd.

Wolski, 24, effectively will replace Alex Frolov, who will have season-ending knee surgery after having been injured Saturday. Like Frolov, Wolski has had a disappointing season. Like Frolov, Wolski is a former first-round draft pick and has only 16 points in 2010-11. But Sather believes the native of Poland still can flourish despite having been dealt twice in the past 10 months.

"I was surprised when Colorado traded him," Sather said. "He's 6-3, he sees the ice well, he has a terrific shot, he's great around the net."

The Rangers never did get as much as fans had wanted from Rozsival, who still has this year and next on a four-year, $20-million contract. "I thought he was treated unfairly once in a while," Sather said. "We liked him a lot.''

The deal allows the Rangers to fully commit to their young defensemen. Perhaps even more important, it clears $1.2 million in cap room.

"It gives us," Sather said, "more opportunities to do other things that may come up in the future."

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