Not exactly all in the same swift movement, but that seemingly just happened within 24 hours.
Team president, Glen Sather announced on Sunday that big free-agent signing of last offseason, Alexander Frolov, was going to receive season ending knee surgery. Frolov, who hasn’t been putting up the numbers everyone was hoping, tore his ACL in his right knee Saturday night against the St. Louis Blues.
Alex “Not The Great” had surmounted an astonishing 7 goals and 16 points in 43 games during his first and, hopefully, only season with the Rangers. At this point, if we attempt to resign him, I’m hoping we can pay him in Rubles or peanuts (aren’t they the same?), because he’s just not worth the money.
In a swift move to fill the gaping hole he left open, Slats made a quick trade with the Phoenix Coyotes (not even a shocker at this point) to acquire Wojtek Wolski for Michal Rozsival.
I’m completely shocked by this trade actually. I’ve always been a fan of Wolski’s since he was on the Avalanche and putting up 40-50 points a season. I’ve also been a big proponent of trading Rozsival. He’s never been worth $5 million and always played well enough at points for fans to quit the trade requests. At 32 years old, too, Rozy wasn’t getting much better as the seasons went on.
Finally, the Rangers threw that anchor overboard and acquired the young, 24 year-old stud from Poland. Sure, Wolski’s having a down season so far, but lets not forget that when he was first traded to Phoenix, he snagged 18 points in 18 games. Wolski has another year on his contract after this season and is set to hit the cap at $3.8 million each year.
On a side note, I’m starting to wonder if Glen Sather knows any other GM’s phone number’s besides Coyote’s Don Moloney. I understand he was the Rangers’ Assistant-GM years ago, but what is this now, the 4th or 5th trade with Phoenix out of the past 8 trades? Not that I’m complaining, because I like this particular trade, but not many of those trades with Phoenix have really panned out for the Blueshirts. Here’s to this one having a bright future.
So I must say, Auf Wiedersehen to Rozsival and Frolov and Bienvenidos Wolski.