Early on Thursday the Rangers swung a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, acquiring center Benn Ferriero in exchange for forward Chad Kolarik. Both players had been playing in the minor leagues this season, and for now they will switch places there as Ferriero will report to the Connectcut Whale and Kolarik will head to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The 25 year-old Ferriero has 92 games of NHL experience under his belt, all with the San Jose Sharks. He has 14 goals and 22 points in those 92 games, and also played in eight games for San Jose during the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs where he scored one goal. Last season Ferriero scored seven goals in 35 games with San Jose.
A native of Essex, MA, Ferreiro was a Boston Collge teammate of Rangers center Brian Boyle for two years.
"He can shoot, and he can lay a sneaky hit on you, too," Boyle said of Ferriero after Thursday's morning skate in Philadelphia. "I haven't seen too much of him the past few years, but I know he can play."
This season Ferriero has appeared in 34 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and totaled 18 points (4-14-18).
Kolarik, who missed all of last season following knee surgery, scored 16 goals and recorded 35 points in 45 games with the Whale this year.
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