A delay in Wolski's arrival is pretty fitting.
The 24-year-old has flashed immense talent and promise, but it hasn't shown up consistently. That inconsistency is why he was dealt by the Colorado Avalanche at the trade deadline last season and sent packing once again by the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday. Wolski will make his Rangers debut Tuesday night against the Montreal Canadiens and is looking for his second fresh start in less than a year.
"I didn't expect it to be New York, but I'm happy it was," Wolski said Tuesday, just two hours after he arrived in Manhattan. "I love being here. ... It's something that happens in hockey, you get traded. You move teams and I'm hoping for a new opportunity here."
Wolski tried to explain his poor season.
"I think off the bat, I had a tough start," said Wolski, who had 1 goal in his first 15 games. "I kind of figured things out and started playing well. I think overall, the system that we played was a little more defensive than I'm used to. That obviously didn't help my game.
"I just think I personally struggled a little this year. I think as a team we were very inconsistent up and down. I knew there was going to be some changes just to kind of shake things up and move the team in the right direction."
Rangers coach John Tortorella didn't have a chance to talk right away with Wolski, who said he was looking forward to playing in a system that wasn't as defensive as the one in Phoenix, but wants him to be as creative as he can within the confines of the Rangers' system, which is anything but run and gun.
"It's funny, huh? Perception," Tortorella said when told of how Wolski imagined the Rangers playing a wide-open game. "We certainly will not get in his way offensively. We want to see his skill. He's going to be taught situational play, as we always do to our guys. It's going to be a give and take as far as understanding how we play. It will take a little time, but we're certainly are looking for him to express himself with his skill and the creativity."
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