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We have a trade to announce: Rangers send Wojtek Wolski to Florida

Feb 25, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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If you’re wondering why the Rangers didn’t put Wojtek Wolski on waivers today ahead of the trade deadline, you know why now.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Wolski has been dealt to the Florida Panthers. TSN’s Darren Dreger finds out that the Panthers send a 2013 third-round pick minor leaguer Mike Vernace back to the Rangers in return.

Wolski has played in just nine games this year for the Rangers dealing with injuries and inactivity alike. Wolski has no goals and three assists this season all while costing the Rangers $3.8 million against the salary cap.

With Wolski off the Rangers hands, the speculation surrounding the latest rumored offer the Rangers made to Columbus for Rick Nash will only grow stronger. With the little bit of added salary relief for the Rangers, it opens up cap space for them to add a fatter contract to the books for the rest of the season. Oh, by the way, Rick Nash’s cap hit is north of $7 million.

  1. stakex - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Good for Wolski, perhaps he will actually get to play now. He certainly has the ability to be an effective top 6 forward. Unfortunately there just wasn’t a place for him with the Rangers.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Feb 25, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      He played well in well in Colorodo but since he has left, he hasn’t been consistant in GPs and production. Maybe the Florida sun will give a boost.

  2. chiadam - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    At least the Rangers and Panthers are trying, which brings me back to the deer-in-headlights running the Chicago Blackhawks. Little Bowman is either confused by the “trade” part or the “deadline” part of the trade deadline. Sigh.

  3. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 25, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Are the Rangers still carrying a cap hit for Redden? Sather loves free agent signings & trading so I would be shocked if Sather didn’t gve up a lot for Nash

  4. bluesrawesome - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    What a good move by Tallon adding a guy who can put up good numbers and adds depth, Florida will make a good playoff run. He didn’t get much of a chance in New York so if he gets more of a chance, he could possibly put pretty good numbers up.

  5. kitshky - Feb 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Would be nice to see Florida win a series or two..

  6. 4cupsinarow - Feb 25, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    I was hoping Wolski would have hit waivers and the Isles took a flyer on him but good luck in Fl to a solid young player.

  7. paulsdamnblog - Feb 25, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    From a Rangers point of view this is a really bad idea, they’ve got a good thing going there. Lot of young talent, brilliant goalie, good depth, and great chemistry. From an NHL Marketing point of view, Nash in New York would be huge. He could become a star for the league, playing in that market with his skills. I wonder if Bettman is partially pushing this?

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