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Wojtek Wolski might as well stay in the hot tub tonight

Oct 22, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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If coaches’ doghouses literally existed, then John Tortorella’s would be the size of Oprah’s guesthouse. The fiery New York Rangers head coach expects his players to match his intensity, so when a floater doesn’t fit that Ryan Callahan mold, hilarious things tend to happen.

Just bask in the harsh glow of what Tortorella said about Wojtek Wolski a couple days ago, via Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

“We can’t get him out of the tub,” Tortorella said.

Asked whether that meant Wolski was getting hot-tub treatment for the groin, Tortorella said: “I guess.”

(Am I the only one who pictured Wolski playing Eddie Murphy as James Brown after reading that quote? Yeah, probably.)

Considering the acerbic quote, it shouldn’t be too surprising that Tortorella decided to make Wolski a healthy scratch for tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers. That being said, Wolski’s hefty $3.8 million salary cap hit provides easy fodder for anyone hoping to mock Glen Sather’s spending habits yet again.

Wolski seemed primed for the opportunity of his career on a line with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik, but groin issues have largely derailed that chance. Now it’s looking more and more like he’s another one of Sather’s Follies alongside Wade Redden, Chris Drury, Sean Avery and others.

On the bright side (probably for everyone involved), Wolski’s contract runs out after this season. We’ll see if he can get back in Tortorella’s good graces in the near future, but he’ll have to bring his work ethic above a “Jacuzzi” level for that to happen.

  1. hanktheking - Oct 22, 2011 at 4:30 PM

    Aside from a solid end of season and playoff run with PHX 2 years ago, Wolski has always been a floater and is soft. Erik Christensen brings way more to the table and Derek Stepan has played well.

    Oh and James don’t forget to throw in Bobby Holik when completely throwing Sather under the bus.

    • James O'Brien - Oct 22, 2011 at 4:50 PM

      Don’t worry, that Holik contract won’t be forgotten. I was mainly mentioning more “recent” mistakes.

      • hulkhogan69 - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:46 PM

        yet you forget that Wolski was a trade acquistation instead of a signing. e was traded for Rozsival whohas an even ore bloated contracted and his trade opened up a spot in the line up for McDonagh.

    • hulkhogan69 - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:44 PM

      Yeah Christensen is a far worse player than Wolski. Wolski can put up 40 points a year in his sleep. Christensen is only good at shootouts. That said, I’d like to see Wolski traded for a Dman.

  2. bcjim - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    DIdnt Wolski have a ton of SO goals a few years ago? He seems to have a knack for that anyway.

  3. silverdeer - Oct 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Depending on who is in the tub with him giving him treatment on his groin, maybe he has a darned good reason for not wanting to get out.

  4. dstars2797 - Oct 22, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    Better the hot tub than the dog house

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