Wolski traded for Vernace, draft pick
Rangers will get defenseman and Florida's third-round choice in 2013
Vernace, 25, has split the season between the San Antonio Rampage and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), registering two goals and 14 assists for 16 points, along with 30 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating in 44 games.
He was traded to Florida, along with James Wright, from Tampa Bay in exchange for Mike Kostka and Evan Oberg on December 2, 2011. Vernace ranks third among San Antonio defensemen in assists and points, and is tied for second with one power play goal. He has recorded two multi-point performances this season, including a two-goal effort on October 22 vs. Binghamton and a career-high, three assists on October 29 at Syracuse.
|Defenseman Mike Vernace has 22 games of NHL experience playing for Colorado and Tampa Bay.|
Vernace has also skated in 22 career regular season games with the Colorado Avalanche and Tampa Bay Lightning, registering one assist and 10 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut with Colorado on March 17, 2009, at Minnesota, and recorded his first NHL point with an assist on February 15, 2011, vs. Philadelphia as a member of the Lightning.
The Toronto, Ontario native was originally selected by the San Jose Sharks as a seventh round choice, 201st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Wolski, 26, has registered three assists in nine games with the Rangers this season. He was acquired by the Rangers from Phoenix in exchange for Michal Rozsival on January 10, 2011.