As surmised in last post, Wojtek Wolski has been traded.
The left wing, who was acquired in January 2011 from Phoenix for Michal Rozsival, is now a Florida Panther. The Rangers receive a third round pick in 2013 and Michael Vernace, a 25-year-old minor league defenseman.
The move clears about $850,000 in cap space two days before the trade deadline.
Wolski, 26, had four shootout goals last season but never got in synch with coach John Tortorella. He had missed 27 games after surgery to repair a sports hernia on Nov. 5. Wolski had been a healthy scratch for the last four games, and spent the previous six on a conditioning assignment in the AHL. The writing has been on the wall ever since defenseman Stu Bickel was moved up to play the fourth line although Wolski was available.
Wolski, who will be a restricted free agent in the off-season, had three assists in nine games this season and six goals and 16 assists overall in 46 games with the Rangers.
The Panthers will be Wolski's fifth NHL team since the 2005-06 season. He might help them, but he really had no place on the current squad. So third rounder isn't too shabby.
More in a bit... And oh yeah, there's a game tonight: Sabres at Garden...