In a bit of a surprising move, the Rangers have traded forward Chad Kolarik to the Penguins for forward Benn Ferriero. The move struck everyone as a bit of a surprise, considering Kolarik’s strong play with the Whale in the AHL. Whale expert Laurie Carr (Beyond The Blueshirts) noted on Twitter that Kolarik may have requested the trade, especially after not receiving a training camp invite and seeing Chris Kreider get the call instead. While Laurie is obviously just thinking out loud, I’m inclined to agree here.
As for Ferriero, the 25-year-old forward was a 7th round pick by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006. The 5’11, 185 lb winger has 92 games of NHL experience, all with San Jose, putting together a line of 14-8-22 with 25 PIMs.