Brooks adds that The Rangers are currently at the 23-player roster limit, which does not include injured players Wolski, Marc Staal, Michael Sauer and Steve Eminger.
The holiday roster freeze ends tomorrow, so Brooks says if Jeff Woywitka (foot) is able to play against the Islanders tonight, the Rangers will most likely send Tim Erixon back to the CT Whale to open up a roster spot for Wolski.
With the Rangers already carrying two extra forwards, Brooks feels that either Sean Avery or Erik Christensen will be moved soon.
To make room for Wolski in the Rangers line-up, Brooks thinks that Mike Rupp is the likely candidate to become a healthy scratch.
...someone get Wolski a towel because he's getting out of the tub.
...a lot of what's going to happen with the line-up will have to do with Wolski's performance when he gets back. Despite carrying a $3.8 million cap hit I don't think Torts has any problem sitting the enigmatic winger in the press box. If Wolski does excel upon his return, we'll probably see a 12th forward carousel with Rupp, Mitchel and depending on who gets traded Avery or Christensen.
...agree with Brooks that it won't be long before either Avery or Christensen are off the team, whether it's a trade or assignment to the Whale. Absolutely no need to carry three extra forwards.
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Brooks also reports that Staal could make his season debut in two weeks and that Sauer seems to be improving.
...i will be doing back flips if Staal can return in two weeks.
Speaking of Staal he tells NHL.com that it "sucks" that he probably won't play in the WInter Classic
I have faith in Sather that he will do the right thing here and being that no one picked up Avery before on waivers he will use these games to UP the trade value for Wolski and Christensen and get rid of 5 million in cap of 2 wastes of human life in those 2 losers. I think Sather knows Avery is valuable to this team and the fans love him. He wont trade Sean because "Torts wants him to" Evidence in the re call up after Torts tried to banish him earlier this yr
Wolski obviously is more highly skllled than Rupp, but I'd much rather have Rupp for his toughness and locker room leadership for any playoff run, Seriously, what does Wolski bring to the table besides a couple goals in six games andthen two more weeks in the tub
@thenyrblog it's going to suck to have to watch him leave AGAIN!
@thenyrblog send wolski to CT for a rehab stint. If he doesn't score wildly leave him there. EC, trade for a 5th rd. who will take Avery?
@thenyrblog BLOWS big fat chunks
@jrj2109 As Brooks says, because he has been effective in limited action this year, maybe a team takes a chance on him.
@MikeCarverHTW I may have to set-up a mock funeral.
@thenyrblog wolski must have some wicked shrinkage.