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Huselius Injury Could Lead Columbus To Call NY About Wojtek Wolski
+ the Rangers don't want the Islanders to move and another depth defenseman is off the market


Wojtek Wolski


Wojtek Wolski

*This post is purely summer speculation

UPDATE: Portzline says the Blue Jackets would only be interested in Wolski post-buyout and would have no interest in taking on his $3.8 million salary despite having plenty of room under the salary cap.  Columbus also doesn't have many bad contracts it would be interested in moving with the possible exception of ex-Ranger Fedor Tyutin, who makes just over $2.8 million.

EARLIER: It’s still unknown whether the Rangers are planning to keep Wojtek Wolski or get rid of him via trade or buyout, but if the Blueshirts are hoping to maximize the return on Wolski the news out of Columbus last night will be welcomed with open arms.

Blue Jackets left wing Kristian Huselius was diagnosed with a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the next four to six months, leaving a gaping hole on the team’s scoring lines.

Columbus was very aggressive this offseason in adding Jeff Carter, James Wisniewski and Radek Martinek.  The loss of Huselius, the Blue Jackets’ probable second-line left wing, is a major blow to the team’s optimism about a playoff push in 2011-2012.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch “that he's now in the market for a free agent winger to help cover the first-half absence of Huselius.”

Portzline suggests the team might be interested in UFAs Vinny Prospal, Marek Svatos and Cory Stillman and would also be interested Wolski, should the Rangers buy him out in August.

Of that group, Wolski is the most attractive option and if the Blue Jackets deem the loss of Huselius to be a serious long-term blow, Wolski would appear to be an obvious fit in Columbus.

Again, we don’t know if the Rangers are planning to let Wolski go in the near future via trade or buyout, but if money becomes an issue following the re-signings of Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan and Brian Boyle, Wolski may be on the way out the door.

If signs indicate the Rangers plan to buy out Wolski, the Blue Jackets could wait and claim him off waivers or attempt to sign him as a free agent later in the summer.  However, if Wolski is bought out he is likely to have at least a handful of suitors given his age and ability, so Columbus would be taking a risk by allowing Wolski to hit the open market.

If the Blue Jackets consider Wolski to be the best replacement for Huselius, Howson might give Rangers GM Glen Sather a call sometime in the next couple of weeks to try to arrange a trade.

This is purely speculation as of this moment, but the big hole in Columbus’s lineup combined with Wolski’s uncertain future in New York and his appeal as possibly the best forward option remaining could make this a logical match.

Time will tell how highly regarded Wolski is by the Rangers and Blue Jackets, but there could be a deal to be had that benefits both teams.

- Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank has some interesting quotes from Brian Boyle, Adam Graves, Brian Leetch and Rod Gilbert on why the Rangers want the Islanders to stay on long Island.

- Shane O’Brien, a suggested signing to be the veteran depth defenseman the Rangers lack, signed with the Colorado Avalanche yesterday.

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | July 14, 2011 at 09:45 am
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