Connecticut-Whale_thumb1-150x15024According to a release from the AHL, Pittsburgh Penguins, the parent club of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Rangers have traded Chad Kolarik for Benn Ferriero.

This move, coupled with the Tommy Grant for Brandon Mashinter trade last week, is a head scratcher to say the least.

Grant had nine goals and was traded for Mashinter who had two.

Now Kolarik is traded with his 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points in 41 games with the Whale to this point in the season, and who leads the team in goals and power-play goals (seven) to boot, for a guy who has four goals and 14 assists for 18 points in 34 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Yes, Kolarik is 26 and Ferriero is 25, but with now Kris Newbury and his 15 goals up in New York with the Rangers, who is going to score goals for the Whale?

Okay, maybe it gives the Rangers a little more depth if they need to recall someone, but frankly, it’s a perplexing move in terms of the Whale season. Granted the AHL is a DEVELOPMENTAL league. We’ve written about that several times, but it’s also a business…a business that is struggling mightily in Hartford. This will make goal scoring a major commodity in Connecticut’s capitol city.

Head Coach Ken Gernander is going to have his hands full the rest of the way…that’s for certain.

Here’s the official release:

NEW YORK, January 24, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Benn Ferriero from Pittsburgh in exchange for forward Chad Kolarik.

Ferriero, 25, has registered four goals and 14 assists for 18 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He ranks third on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in assists, is tied for fifth on the team in points and ranks second in shots on goal (97). The Boston, Massachusetts native tallied six assists in a seven-game span from October 19 at Springfield to November 2 at Manchester, and registered 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in a 10-game span from November 10 against Portland to December 7 against Hershey.

The 5-11, 195-pounder has skated in 155 career AHL contests over four seasons with the Worcester Sharks and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, registering 48 goals and 73 assists for 121 points, along with 68 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in games played (58), goals (19), assists (31), points (50), shots on goal (164) and penalty minutes (20) as a rookie during the 2009-10 season.

Originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes as a seventh round choice (196th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Ferriero signed as a free agent with the San Jose Sharks on August 23, 2009. He has registered 14 goals and eight assists for 22 points in 92 career NHL contests over three seasons with San Jose. He established a career-high with seven goals in 35 games last season. He made his NHL debut with San Jose on October 1, 2009, at Colorado, and registered his first career point with a goal two days later at Anaheim. Ferriero has also notched one goal in eight career playoff contests with the Sharks.

Kolarik, 26, has registered 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points, along with 38 penalty minutes in 41 games with the Connecticut Whale (AHL) this season. The Abington, Pennsylvania native was acquired by the Rangers from Columbus in exchange for forward Dane Byers on November 11, 2010. He was originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes as a seventh round choice (199th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

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9 responses to “KOLARIK TRADED

  1. Mitch,

    Thanks for the great work you do at this site. It is a vital resource for those of us obsessed with everything Rangers! A quick question, what lines have the Whale been sending out lately? I know that with the trades and callups that things ae constantly changing, but I think it gives a good indication of where the players stand in Gernander’s eyes. I too am wondering why Kolarik was traded, especially when he’s been praised by Torts and playing so well for the Whale. It’s hard to see what the Rangers are looking for in Ferriero. Doesn’t seem a tough guy like Mashinter and doesn’t seem a scorer like Kolarik was. Maybe they are preparing for Kreider to be sent down? Odd.

    I’m guessing if you ranked the Whale players for offensive prowess it would be something like this?:
    Newbury, Segal, Miller, Jean, Thomas, Bourque, Yogan, Mashinter, Haley, Wiebe, Tessier, Wilson not counting Hrivik who is probably on the shelf for a while. How close am I?

    • Mark… I continue to do this for great fans like you. I just feel terrible that due to great financial problems this year I haven’t been able to watch and attend more games and do the kind of job that I’ve done for the fans in the past.

      I don’t understand the trade of Tommy Grant as well. They traded both guys who don’t bring ANY offense back to the organization. They have a pack of third and fourth line guys now.

      I think your assessment isn’t far off. I’d have Tessier higher than you do, but other than that I think you’re probably close. Remember that Hrivik only has four goals. He’s been hurt a lot this season and is hurt now with a concussion, but when healthy he’d be at or near the top.

  2. Maybe he requested a trade?

  3. With Newbury and Gilroy up, Pack, er Whale, only have 2 guys (Segal, Collins) over 26. I like these moves.
    With Mashinter and Wilson the team is more physical.
    Also I think both Mashinter and Ferriero may have better NHL prospects than Grant or Kolarik.
    But the critical challenge for the team is for the many 1st\2nd year forwards to begin leading the efforts and offense. Unfair, perhaps, but critical to turn around results.

    • Elsie, the Whale were already the youngest team they’ve ever had and now it’s even younger. They are already struggling to find goals and now all of the guys who do score goals are gone. Three of the top four are gone. Segal being the only one who’s still there. Talk about adding to the pressure, Kreider is going to be expected to start lighting it up the way Eberle and Schultz were in their AHL visit during the lock-out and frankly I don’t think he’s ready to do that. As for the other guys, Thomas, Miller et. al., they’re struggling to get the AHL game right also. I feel for Ken Gernander who is going to have his hands full in trying to get goals out of this group. It could be a LONG second half of the season. Plus they really need Cam Talbot to step up his game and Jason Missiaen needs to be even better. They are going to need to win games 2-1 or 1-0 because they won’t be putting up big numbers.

      I will miss Chad Kolarik who I’d developed a terrific repoire with and who I think is a REALLY talented young man. I hope he goes to WB/S and tears it up.

      Incidentally, what nobody is discussing right now is that he Whale will not have a single player representing them at the All-Star game…

  4. Thanks Mitch – all your points are valid. Mashinter and Ferriero will hopefully fill much of the leadership and scoring gap. And when Kreider returns (my hunch) for a few weeks, he’ll need to have greater scoresheet impact than during the 1st half. Thanks for all your efforts, as written above, this site is a lifeline to the team for us remote fans.

    • I always appreciate the kind words. As I wrote earlier, I wish I could be doing more but the finances are awful this year and frankly I couldn’t afford to do it this year and trying as best as I can…

      Mashinter and Ferriero will have to do WAY better just to get to where the guys they’re replacing are on the scoresheet and neither has done that. They’re grinders, not scorers…

  5. sorry for repeat postings but FYI:
    Ferriero is a tenacious, fiercely competitive forward who plays equally well at both ends of the ice. He has great hockey instincts and does a superb job of reading and following plays. While Ferriero may be small he is by no means weak. His strength makes him a difficult player to move off of the puck and the way he plays his game makes covering him a daunting task for opposing defenders. Ferriero has shown a willingness to go to and take the punishment in front of the net to create scoring opportunities. He is also powerful skater. While his offensive ability is outstanding, Ferriero could stand to shoot the puck more often.
    GDA head coach Peter Kravchuk’s insights on Benn Ferriero: “Benn is a tenacious competitor and he loves having the puck on his stick. He’s plays bigger than his 5’11/ 175 lbs frame and is never afraid to play physically or with an edge. He is strong on his skates and is a very good skater. Of the players I’ve coached he has the best lateral movement and the ability to change directions in an instant. Benn has a good understanding of the game. He played regularly here as a freshman primarily because he was reliable in his own end. He never lost that conscientiousness to play at both ends of the ice. For the past couple of years we used him in every situation and he is equally effective as an offensive or defensive presence.”