Rangers acquire Benn Ferriero from Penguins for Chad Kolarik

In a bit of a surprising move, the Rangers have traded forward Chad Kolarik to the Penguins for forward Benn Ferriero. The move struck everyone as a bit of a surprise, considering Kolarik’s strong play with the Whale in the AHL. Whale expert Laurie Carr (Beyond The Blueshirts) noted on Twitter that Kolarik may have requested the trade, especially after not receiving a training camp invite and seeing Chris Kreider get the call instead. While Laurie is obviously just thinking out loud, I’m inclined to agree here.

As for Ferriero, the 25-year-old forward was a 7th round pick by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2006. The 5’11, 185 lb winger has 92 games of NHL experience, all with San Jose, putting together a line of 14-8-22 with 25 PIMs.

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  1. I’ve done a fair bit of reading on this kid. Has upside, plays hard and kinda lost in the SJ shuffle/depth they have in bottom 6. He’s on a two way deal so no risk of losing him like Kolarik and a modest 700k hit. No commitment beyond this season.

    Apparently has a high hockey IQ and good character, great skater. Whether he’s NYR bound or AHL bound, nothing wrong with this move. He could stick. One thing is for sure, Kolarik wouldn’t have signed after this year with the org.

  2. Ferriero to take Kreider’s spot on the third line? I thought in the third period Boyle-hags-Rupp actually played well.. except when Rupp took the penalty on Hags goal!

    Just as a note- Ferriero and Boyle played on Boston College together for two years (05-06, 06-07)

  3. I like this trade. So what if Chad was playing well in the AHL. Many players do that for ever. And never see the NHL.

    Ferriero has proven he can play at the next level more then Chad has. Chad scores in the AHL but doesnt hit anything. And ferriero does.

    He has also scored at the same pace in the AHL as Chad. So with Asham being injured. And Kreider not playing at the level we need him to we needed another player that we can call up.

    1. Agree Ricky…also from what I’ve been reading he’s got alright size, but plays more finesse. We obviously can’t use him on the first two lines, and we don’t need finesse on the second two.

      Ferriero sounds like someone we can call up right now for some depth, or at least to keep Bick from playing forward.

  4. This trade is more about the failure of Chris Kreider as a 2-way player than the failure of Chad Kolorik. Big club plays a full 2-way game where offense is generated as much out of defensive stops as it is from cycling. Torts rewards strong defensive play by forwards and disciplines then accordingly by minimizing their ice time. Kreider needs to learn how the big club succeeds. Hopefully, Ferriero will be a quick learner.

  5. Per Leslie Treff (HF):

    “Recently traded for Benn Ferriero will be able to take fourth line minutes in the NHL and will match well w Kreider should both play in CT.”

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