Via Jim Cerny, the Rangers have resigned depth winger Chad Kolarik. No word on the terms of the deal as of now. Kolarik was acquired earlier in the season from the Blue Jackets in return for Dane Byers, who requested a move.
It’s hardly a big move but it’s one that I like. You always need veteran players in the minors and ones that can contribute. Kolarik scored 31 points in 36 games with the Whale last year. You need to put talented prospects on lines with other talented players. Mats Zuccarello contributed much of his success in the AHL last year to Kris Newbury, who centered his line. Even if Kolarik is never a factor on the Rangers roster, he could be a guy that kelps develop players like Grachev or Zuccarello or Hagelin.
Kolarik is also someone that can be relied upon as an injury call up. In 6 games with the Rangers last year he held his own and showed some offensive talent, even adding an assist. We certainly hope that Kolarik is not needed next season, but we could do a lot worse than him if we need a guy to fill a roster spot for a few games.