Saturday afternoon the Rangers announced the acquisition of defenseman Michael Vernace, along with a third round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Wojtek Wolski.
Vernace, 25, has 22 games of NHL experience and 348 games of AHL experience since being selected in the seventh round of the 2004 draft by the San Jose Sharks. He appeared in 12 games for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2008-09 season and another ten with the Tampa Bay Lightning a year ago. He notched his one and only NHL point so far---an assist---with the Lightning against the Flyers on February 15, 2011.
After starting this season with the Lightning organization, Vernace was traded to the Panthers in December. In 44 games played this season with a pair of AHL clubs, Vernace has totaled 16 points, 30 penalty minutes, and a +5 plus/minus rating. He has 115 points in 348 career games in the AHL, playing for six different teams.
Wolski appeared in only nine games with the Rangers this season, contributing three assists.
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