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Weekend Roundup: Wolski Could Still Be Bought Out

Wojtek Wolski

Wojtek Wolski

Now that Mike Sauer and Artem Anisimov have re-signed, things are getting awfully quiet in Ranger-land.  Here’s a look at the stories of the weekend:

- Larry Brooks of the NY Post believes that Wojtek Wolski is still a buyout candidate in August after the Rangers have re-signed Brian Boyle, Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Wolski seems like the odd man out at left wing, but his pure offensive talent is matched by few on the roster.  He’s already given the team headaches and would likely continue to be a frustrating player if he stays with New York next year, but if the Rangers still have the financial wiggle-room left after re-signing their remaining restricted free agents, keeping Wolski might be the best course of action.  The worst case scenario is that he fails to beat out New York’s other less talented left wings and sits in the press box for the majority of the final year of his contract, but the best case is that Wolski immediately clicks on the top line with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik.  It might be a long shot, but if the Blueshirts have the money available, why not give Wolski another shot?

- Brooks also wrote a good piece on why the Brad Richards signing was a big win for New York.

- Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus released his prospect organizational rankings on Friday and the Rangers came in at #20.  There’s a huge disparity between Pronman’s ranking and the general consensus of the rest of the hockey community and media.  The Blueshirts are ranked No. 7 by Hockey’s Future and are viewed favorably by other prospect experts including those at The Hockey News.  To be fair, a lot has changed since Hockey’s Future’s list was put out and Pronman did take into account this year’s draft and he wasn’t too high on the Rangers’ picks.  He also doesn’t include established NHLers like Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello and Mike Sauer, which many other outlets still view as developing prospects.  Still, Pronman makes no mention of Christian Thomas, who just may be the Rangers’ best prospect at this point.  Time will tell how each team’s farm system develops, but this seems a bit low by any standard.

- Did you know that Brad Richards will be the highest paid player in the NHL next year?

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | July 11, 2011 at 12:12 am

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