Rubenstein at The Prospect Park says Werek is completely to blame for this trade and the Rangers had no choice.
The Rangers announced yesterday that they have acquired forward Oscar Lindberg from Phoenix in exchange for Ethan Werek.
Lindberg, 19, skated in 41 games with Skelleftea in the Swedish Elite League this season, registering five goals and nine assists for 14 points, along with 31 penalty minutes. He also appeared in 18 playoff contests with Skelleftea, tallying three goals and four assists for seven points, ranking sixth on the team in scoring and tying for fifth in goals.
Lindberg was drafted by Phoenix as their second round choice, 52nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Werek, 19, skated in 47 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 24 goals and 28 assists for 52 points along with 51 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Rangers as their second choice, 47th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Jess Rubenstein at The Prospect Park gives us a little insight into why this trade may have gone down...
Werek put himself in the NYR doghouse between not following training plan and not communicating about his injury. He pushed himself out
...despite what Jess is saying, I've got to say I'm shocked by this trade. Werek has been a big time goal scorer in the OHL and I was looking forward to seeing him with the Whale this coming season. Not sure a little immaturity is reason enough to trade away a top prospect.
...i said the other day that Werek could be a prospect the Rangers put in a deal to get a piece to put them over the top in the next two years, so to trade him for a guy who scored FIVE goals in the Swedish Elite League last year is very disappointing.
...Werek is a free agent this offseason, so maybe Sather felt he couldn't sign him, but he didn't have any problems with Hagelin, McIlrath and Bourque so not sure why there would be a problem with Werek.
...i think 90% of the Rangers trades in the last three years have been with Don Maloney and the Coyotes.
Anyone interested in Lindberg, Rubenstein also tweeted out this video...
I dont care who is coach was, even if it was Gretzky himself, the coach was obviously only saying positive things about it. He says those things to get his players to the next level. That is what his job is about... Its like an interview every chance they get to talk about their players.
I am sure Swedens national team coach will say how Lindberg is a hardworking player as well. How he never gives up and always does the right thhing and has great communication and is a leader on and off the ice.
If Werek couldnt follow protocol, and had a bad attitude than the Rangers club as a prestigous one in that matter did the right thing. There is no reason to tolerate anything but the best and we should expect that. I am sure Werek will develop into a godd maybe great player but i have no reason to believe Lindberg wont either. Because of current stats? Does anyone know how much ice time he was given? The kid is 19...
Look at detroit, they based their entire club practically on European players and look how great that turned out to be. Canadians have the physcial ability, the Americans have the grittiness and attitude, the Europeans have their skill, speed and vision.
Plus i am sure Lindberg will end up being cheaper because Werek has a bigger name (even if he doesnt have a Wiki page :))
Werek did this to himself. The Rangers should be an organization depending on hard work and communication throughout the entire club. I am sure they are downplaying his attitude.
You cant compare Lindberg's stats with Werek's. Both leagues are two different styles... not many players go above a point per game each and every year because their so team oriented. Zetterberg highest stat there (prior to the NHL) was 46 points in 47 games. Goals, 15, 15, 20, 15 in his 4 years in the same league. Look what kind of player he became in the NHL. (and the first two seasons of those stats i showed were part of the Swedish 2nd league until the team moved up to premier and HZ was 20 years old in his first year)
The Sedin twins both played Modo Hockey. Same league. Similar stats to Zetty.
Lindberg is a young guy, his 5 goals 9 assist are weak but he is still progressing. He is 6'1, 189 pounds.. similar to Werek and its nice to see a change in who we are signing. The Swedes are a differ type of hockey players, good playmakers! Know how to open up the play and get it deep.
If this is Wereks fault, I am glad for the change. But i do see Werek becoming a good player in the future and us being mad but Lindberg may be a late bloomer. Smart guy
Dont like it, the guy had 52 points in 47 games and wasn't afraid to mix it up. His coach, Doug Gilmour (who knows a thing or two about hockey) said his work ethic was excellent. Damn, I was looking forward to having this guy in a couple of years. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIjp96XcShE&NR=1
Time will tell.
I think this was a decent deal. Best face off man in sweden. Just Improve his goal scoring and we are the winners of this deal. I think the rangers could have done possibly better.
Dont be fooled by his numbers this year. I have seen 50 games this season with him, and he has a lot of hockey in him. He is a great passer with okey hands ond a little grit. Just look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w50pTqOHn4
He well have a bigger role on his swedish team (Skellefteå AIK) if he stays i Skellefteå.
@CinciMike Doug Gilmour, man he was some player!
@CinciMike Hated to see him go as well, but as you say, time will tell.
@edvinlofgren Werek is more well known, so being traded for a european trained player is always nerve racking. We dont hear much about those leagues, which stinks because they have so many skilled players. I like their style too, its good to have diversity on the team.
Plus, you say Werek is a tough guy. LOOK AT THAT HIT, same size as werek with the same toughness.
@edvinlofgren bam! skating with his head down, oscar FLATTENED that kid.
@edvinlofgren I agree with Edvin. Last year, his team in SEL was the 2nd best team in Sweden, so he didn't have that much of a prominent role. But his team signed a 3 year contract with him (with an NHL clause, of course) so they do believe in him and he'll probably get a bigger role next season.
@KevinDeLury Ha, I wish I had more to report from London :(
@skev303 You're fired. ;)