Rangers Stay Quiet at Deadline, No Nash, Acquire Scott

February 27, 2012

The weeks leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline are fun. The speculation of what players a team will acquire, what deals will be made, the breaking news; it’s all great. But sometimes it doesn’t live up to the hype. Today there were only about 15 trades, with one real headliner.

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is staying put in Ohio, at least for the time being. According to the NY Post, the Rangers made one last ditch effort in the dying seconds prior to the deadline, offering up Brandon Dubinsky, 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller, defensive prospect Tim Erixon, prospect Christian Thomas and a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but it was not enough.

In the same report, it is believed Columbus G.M. Scott Howson actually increased his demands, wanting Dubinsky along with either defensemen Michael Del Zotto or Ryan McDonagh, either Derek Stepan or Carl Hagelin, Boston College star and 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider, and a first-round pick at this year’s draft.

Following the deadline, Howson said he was approached by Nash asking to be traded, less than two years after signing an eight-year contract extension.

The Rangers did make one minor move, acquiring defenseman John Scott from the Chicago Blackhawks for a 2012 fifth-round pick. Scott, 29, has one assist and 49 PIMs in 29 games this season.

At the end of the day, I think this was the right move for the Rangers to make. As I’ve written, Nash is a world-class talent, but he isn’t worth the asking price. Chris Botta of the NY Times Tweeted that this team as is, should be given a shot to show what they could do in the post-season. Nash will still be on the market, and if this team falls short of the Eastern Conference Finals, then go make a move.

Scott won’t be much of a difference maker. He’s a 6-foot 8-inches and about 260 pounds, but doesn’t bring much in terms of offense. 

I still would have liked to see the team add a scorer, but the market just wasn’t there this year. Too many potential movers re-signed with their teams, while others’ asking prices were just too high.

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Rangers Trade Wolski to Florida

February 25, 2012

We’re about 48 hours away from the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline, and the Rangers have made their first move, dealing forward Wojtek Wolski to the Florida Panthers for a 2013 third-round pick and minor league defenseman Mike Vernace, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

This season, Wolski, 26,  had no goals and three assists in just nine games for the Rangers. He was injured in training camp and early in the season, and never found a regular spot in the lineup. He was acquired last season for defenseman Michael Rozsival from the Phoenix Coyotes.

In 37 games for the Rangers, he had six goals and 19 points.

A quick Google search shows Vernace is nothing special.

The Rangers were either going to waive or trade Wolski, so good for him that it was the latter and not the former. The kid has all the skill in the world, but can’t really get it together. At 26, the Panthers will be his fifth team since 2009-10. Something has to click with this guy before he’s traded again.

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