Update, 7:27 a.m.:
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…