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Washington signs Wolski: one year, $600,000

Jul 11, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

Wojtek Wolski

The Washington Capitals have agreed to terms with UFA winger Wojetk Wolski on a one-year deal worth $600,000.

The deal reflects Wolski’s sharp decline over the last year. The 26-year-old winger was making $3.8 million annually on his last contract but, after falling out of favor in both New York and Florida, is now making $600k.

Things weren’t always this way. A former first-round pick, Wolski averaged 19 goals in his first four seasons, split between the Avalanche and Coyotes.

But he’s been on the move constantly since 2010-11. First, a trade from Phoenix to New York, where he quickly fell out of favor with Rangers bench boss John Tortorella (leading to the infamous “can’t get him out of the tub” remark.)

Then, a trade from New York to Florida, where he scored nine points in 22 games and played in just two of seven playoff contests. The Panthers didn’t offer him a qualifying offer, allowing him to walk for nothing.

The knock on Wolski is he wows his new team upon arrival, then fizzles out.

Foe example, he scored 18 points in 18 games for the Coyotes….then 16 in his next 36.

Similarly, he scored eight points in his first 10 games as a Ranger…then 14 in his next 36.

All this said, this is a decent gamble for Washington. The Caps get a relatively young skill guy with size (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) on the cheap, one that excels in the shootout.

  1. polegojim - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    WW plays soft for a big man.

    Really liked him in Colorado, but his balls fall off easily. Must be a broken zip lock.

  2. jaguar0413 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    It’s obvious that GMGM is just trying to assemble the greatest shootout team in NHL history. Hendricks, Ribeiro, and Wolski is a pretty decent top three.

    • ravenscaps48 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      EXACTLY!

    • polegojim - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      …and the rest of his time on the ice???

      I used to think he just needed the right environment…. but 5 ‘environments’ later, same story.

      Comes out strong…. fizzle, sputter, thud.

  3. mclovinhockey - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Low risk high reward… If WW finds his game again this year, for this price, the guy will be a steal… If he doesn’t… It’s a very cheap player… No loss

    • steeltownpride87 - Jul 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM

      I rather WW over Semin right ? lol . 4th line or benched by midseason .

  4. brianforster - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    great value signing, but the one thing that scares me is that according to wolski he was signed to fill a top 6 role.

  5. stakex - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Wolski has a lot of potential, and for $600k there isn’t much risk in signing him. He worst out great, if not his contract isn’t an issue.

    • polegojim - Jul 12, 2012 at 12:23 AM

      What on ice makes you think that at this point in his career?

      If so…. its buried very deep and seriously latent… he’s already hidden it excellently from 4 teams.

  6. rekingcrew - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    The new Mario Marios of the league.

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