Caps sign Wolski to one-year deal

Caps sign Wolski to one-year deal
July 11, 2012, 8:17 pm
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The Capitals have signed left wing Wojtek Wolski to a one-year contract worth a reported 600,000.

Wolski, 26, recorded 12 points four goals, eight assists in 31 games with the New York Rangers and Florida Panthers in 2011-12.

He was acquired by Florida on Feb. 25, 2012, from New York in exchange for defenseman Mike Vernace and a third-round selection in the 2013 NHL Draft. In addition Wolski appeared in six games with Connecticut of the American
Hockey League AHL, tallying three goals and two assists.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward has collected 258 points (95 goals, 163 assists) and is a plus-16 in 424 career NHL games with Colorado, Phoenix, the New York Rangers and Florida.

Wolski was originally drafted by Colorado in the first round 21st overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Four current Capitals were drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft (Alex Ovechkin, Wolski, Jeff Schultz and Mike Green) and Wolski ranks tied for sixth in scoring among his 2004 draft class.

He registered career highs in goals 23, assists 42 points 65 and games played (80) and tallied four goals and one assist in seven playoff games during the 2009-10 season with Colorado and Phoenix. In 29 career playoff games Wolski has recorded eight goals and nine assists.

The Zabrze, Poland, native participated in the 2007 NHL YoungStars game with fellow Capitals Mike Green. He was named to the Ontario Hockey Leagues First All-Star Team in 2004 and in 2006 won the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHLs most outstanding player, as well as the William Hanley Trophy as the OHLs most sportsmanlike player. He was also named to the OHLs Second All-Star Team in 2006, his final season with Brampton.