The New York Rangers announced today that left winger Wojtek Wolski will be out for four weeks after re-injuring his groin in the Rangers’ victory over the Anaheim Ducks last Thursday. Wolski traveled to Philadelphia to meet doctors who diagnosed him with a sports hernia and recommended surgery, which he will undergo. Wolski previously experienced soreness in his groin during training camp and at the beginning of the season.
The Rangers have won without his presence in the lineup and he’s no core player but this is not inconsequential news. The team loses a bit of offensive depth as a result of the injury. It also comes at an unfortunate time. Wolski’s stat line of no goals and two points in six games so far this season is underwhelming, but his last couple of games prior to the injury were good efforts by Wolski. Specifically, Wolski had seven shots against the San Jose Sharks. The next game would be against the Ducks, where he would suffer the injury.
With Sean Avery recalled and in the lineup there’s no need for any roster moves right now, but should the Rangers experience another injury or Tortorella is unhappy with the play of anyone we’ll have to dig into Connecticut for help with Andre Deveaux already filling in as a plug. Perhaps with Rupp and Wolski now out long-term Sather will to the waiver wire or offer a late draft pick in order to add a depth forward. I wouldn’t rule that out as a possibility.