Panthers Acquire Wojtek Wolski In Trade With Rangers

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 1: Wojtek Wolski #86 of the New York Rangers looks on during practice for the 2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park on January 1, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

The Florida Panthers sent AHL defenseman Michael Vernace and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to the New York Rangers in exchange for Wojtek Wolski.

The Florida Panthers added forward Wojtek Wolski from the New York Rangers in a trade on Saturday. For compensation for Wolski, the Panthers sent AHL defenseman Michael Vernace and a third-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft to the Rangers, as the Rangers are attempting to clear cap space prior to the trade deadline.

Wolski was originally acquired by the Rangers last season in a mid-season trade from the Phoenix Coyotes but fell out of favor with the Rangers after suffering a groin injury. Wolski hasn't suited up for a game since Jan. 15 however, but the trade to the Panthers will give him a chance to revive his career before he hits free agency as a restricted free agent when his contract expires after the season.

For more on the trade and Florida Panthers, visit SB Nation's Panthers blog Litter Box Cats. For more on the New York Rangers, visit SB Nation's Rangers blog Blueshirt Banter and SB Nation New York. For more on the hockey trade deadline, visit SB Nation's NHL hub.

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