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Who Saw That Coming So fast - Rozsival Gone, Wolski In

As our fearless leader posted just moments ago, the New York Rangers have traded defenseman Michal Rozsival to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Wojtek Wolski.

While Rozsival was not exactly a terrible defenseman for the Blueshirts, the team’s fans had been calling for his removal for quite some time. The Coyotes are getting a veteran defenseman who can definitely help out the team’s blue line.

In return, the Blueshirts are getting a player who is just 24 years old and can contribute some offense. In 36 games, Wolski has 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists) and will essentially be replacing Frolov.

What are your thoughts?

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Never saw this coming at all, Patrick.  It looks like to me a salary dump for NYR.

This’ll be Wolski’s, what, third team in two years?  I think it’s a good move for the Rangers; they’re staying on the young but experienced track it seems.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/10/11 at 08:37 PM ET

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This is a great move by the rangers…. wow, i would never have thought another team would take Rozsival and his contract.

Posted by gretzky_to_lemieux on 01/10/11 at 09:03 PM ET

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My thoughts are that the Rangers have an improving young defensive corps and they didn’t need Roszival at that price point, even though he’s an underrated (though overpaid) right D.

Posted by StevieSteve on 01/10/11 at 09:50 PM ET

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my thoughts exactly.  Rosvial was overpaid and underachieving, while wolski has been much the same, he has a much brighter future and has the potential to score 50-70 pts with the right linemates.

Posted by Luongo-is-my-hero on 01/10/11 at 10:40 PM ET

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No surprise that Wolski, a creative offensive player, was stagnating in Phoenix this year under that system.  Just look at what happened to Peter Mueller last year after the trade (for Wolski) to Colorado?  It’s like he was given a new lease on life, at least until the concussion problems.

I don’t know if the Rangers’ system is wide-open enough for Wolski to blow up that way, but I could see him fitting in pretty well.

Posted by nosferatu from Albany, NY on 01/10/11 at 11:18 PM ET

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Sather got lucky.  Rosival was way overpaid and eating up cap space.  Wolski will do well here.  There is a good chemistry on this team.  Sather finally realized it’s a young mans league.

Posted by 13 user names on 01/10/11 at 11:57 PM ET

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Considering the NHL still owns and runs the Coyotes, I wonder about this move.  It appears to be a complete and unadulterated gift to the Rangers.  Phoenix adds salary (which other teams are paying for), substantially downgrades their forwards… and gets Roszival for their trouble, who may be either done or pretty close.

I don’t get it.  Who’s Roszival going to play ahead of?  As far as I can tell, he’s going to be the #4 or #5 dman for the Coyotes.  Yandle, Jovo, Morris and Aucoin are all better.

The contracts are the same length, so it’s not like Phoenix is saving themselves any money next year either.

Seems fishy.  Like the NHL is trying to jumpstart a team in a big-money market.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/11/11 at 09:06 AM ET

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