"At the age of 25, it seems likely that Wolski will be headed for a fourth team this summer, as his age lessens the salary-cap impact of buying out the final year of his contract. If the Rangers decide to sever ties with Wolski, it will cost them a mere $466,667 against next season's cap, plus $666,667 in 2012-13 – a sacrifice for that season that would appear to be well worth making in order to save more than $3.3 million on the 2011-12 cap."
...this may be unpopular to say, but I think the Rangers should hold on to Wolski. The guy has tremendous offensive talent and the Rangers are lacking big time in that department. Is he an enigmatic player? Sure, but I really liked the report today that he will be joining Boyle to train with Barbara Underhill this summer. Shows me he's dedicated to making himself better.
...although if the Rangers are going to make a big play for Richards this summer getting Wolski's $3.8 million off the books will be very helpful.
Im glad to see everyone on this board has their head on straight. Not as unpopular of an opinion as you thought, huh Kev?
Wolski is one of those guys who has the potential to provide a offensive spark (on a team where skilled players are quite clearly lacking). There are teams that have plenty of what Wolski brings and could afford to get rid of him....we're not one of them. I loved the deal when we brought him in and got Rozy off the books and I still love it...Wooly has a lot left to give this club.
Simply put, we need his offense. Getting rid of him makes us worse, not better. If he puts up the season I think he might (remember he is only 25), for what we are paying him this upcoming season, his 2012 cap hit will be completely worth it.
I think one of his biggest problems was his skating this season, so I'm all for giving him another shot. Underhill and training camp will whip him into shape.
That is unless we need his cap hit to bring in a big gun.
Agree on hold on to Wolski. Knowing Torts, i'm sure he will be able to get about 20 goals out of him...
I'd like to see them give wolski another chance. Its hard for a player to make a jump from one system to another in the middle of the season. You cant just give up on them after half a season, especially with a kid with this much skill. I know his numbers werent good in Phoenix this year but no ones numbers in Phoenix are good (they had one guy over 20 goals and 50 pts). Give him a shot.
Even though it's a bad contract, it's only one year and he'll still be an RFA after next year. Give him a year with Torts to get his shit straight before dumping him.
According to the press the Rangers are gonna buy out pretty much everyone. Dru, Aves, Wooly, Crusher, Reds and Boogey (if he were still with us). C'mon seriously? With as skilled as Sather is with the trades and whatnot, there is no way we are buying people out. There is no way in hell that management is going to allow millions in cap space to be chewed up by invisible players.
In addition to this, you should all remember the turnaround that Boyle made over the course of last summer. Management knows this is possible and they are not going to cut a player with as much talent as Wooly lose without getting another look at him in camp especially if it costs them money to let him go. (Also, Wooly is going to be training with Boyle and Barbara Underhill this summer, so they are certainly not going to let him go before they see his progress.)
I wanna see him back in blue. He's got great hands and a phenomenal shot, which is something we need. Plus, he's young. I think his contract is a little high, but he really seemed to pull it together more points-wise when he joined our roster toward the end of the season. He just needs to work on the consistency.
I'm hoping they keep him for another year. He may be inconsistent but he has too much potential imo. Also going to the Underhill class with Boyle could be a huge help
@KingBadaBing where are u hearing that about drury?
wolski is a soft overpaid player that one is never sure if he's going to show up for the game. in short, he disappears too often at a stupid cap hit price.
@Scott_from_Jersey Yeah, sort of surprised by the support for Wolski. You guys surprised me today.
@TomUrtzNYR i'm pretty sure the buyout period ends before free agency begins...can someone confirm this?
@cb1 My point is that we should set a top price we will pay for Richards ie starting offer at 6.5 and as high as 7.5.
Than see where Wolski fits in after we resign our FA's
@TomUrtzNYR that makes sense if you can have a buyout sometime after july 1.