Here's the audio of Sather's press conference announcing the trade...
Official announcement of the trade.
Update, 6:33 p.m.:
Just some quick thoughts. I like the move for all the obvious reasons Sather states. It is a bit of a risk to go with all youth on the defense, but the Rangers could address that at the trade deadline if needed, which right now they don't.
Wonder if Del Zotto will be back soon or they're just going to ride McD.
As far as Wolski goes, let's hope he can recapture some of the offensive talent he flashed in Colorado. Assuming he gets a shot with Gaborik, unfortunately meaning it's probably back to the fourth line for Avery.
Somehow, Sather has been able to rid every bad contract he has brought in but Drury. That is utterly amazing. Or utterly stupid by other GMs.
Update, 6:29 p.m.
Wolski has six goals and 10 assists this season.
Update: 6:24 p.m.:
Glen Sather says trade allows Rangers to get younger, bigger and gives more cap room...
"That's the other side of the coin," Sather said. "It's created another opportunity for us we didn't have with Rozsival, who was five million under the cap. We reduced our cap by 1.2, that may allow us to do some things that come up in the future. It was a situation where it was easy for us to make for a lot of reasons."
According to Gross, Wolski has a cap figure of $3.8 million this season and next before becoming a restricted free agent while Rozsival counts $5 million against the cap this season and next, though his actual salaries in the front-loaded contract are $4 million and $3 million. Thus the Coyotes save in actual money, an important consideration for that franchise.
Update, 5:00 p.m.:
Darren Dreger reports that that Rangers have traded Michal Rozsival to the Coyotes for F Wojtek Wolski.
Update, 4:57 p.m.:
Pierre LeBrun at ESPN tweets that the announcement will be a trade, but he doesn't have the details.
...why am I scared?
Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants tweets that Glen Sather will be conducting a conference call at 5:15 p.m.
...the buzz around Twitter is that it's going to be a big trade. Anticipation is killing me.
Great move, stay with the philosophy of building our youth and playing hard. I have never been a Rosy fan,but I still feel bad for the guy, it must be hard to leave this team just as it has turned the corner and they seem like a tight group. And he has played better this year, but I Iike the move. Love this years team!
Do all of you Rozsival haters remember this game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1TOMScEECA&feature=fvw
I'll have a post up tomorrow on how to use the new comments section. But be excited, be very excited about it. I know I am.
Looks like Bloguin rolled out the new comments section. Too bad it erased the 30 comments that were in here.
@CinciMike This team is real easy to love.
@Cyruss It'll take some getting used to. I'm going to post something today on how to use the comment section most effectively.