Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The NYR Facts Of Life: #25 Chad Kolarik

For each player who suited up in a Blueshirt this season we will take the good, we will take the bad and take them both and see what we have. And this time around we started with the high numbers and are up to #25, Chad Kolarik.

#25's #s: 4 games, no goals, one assist, -1, 2 PIM.

Take the good: Kolarik got the call in January and made a good impression in his first game - he played 8:48, assisted on Brandon Prust's goal and had four shots on net.

Take the bad: For a supposed scorer, those were the only four shots he had in his four game NHL cup of coffee. The guy may have been solid in the A - three goals and two assists in five playoff games with the Whale, after collecting 17 and 14 in 36 after his move from Springfield - but needed to show more to stay in the show. And it wasn't like he saw Corey Locke-like minutes - he played 11:47, 9:13 and 6:43 in his other three games, and even saw a little power play time. Brad Smyth anyone?

Take them both and then we have: An expiring contract. When the rough and tumble Dane Byers saw the writing on the wall that he wasn't in the Rangers plans he demanded a trade and he got one. In return we got the scorer Kolarik, an UFA this summer. But, if not for the injury bug that took Dubi and Feds in January, this guy wouldn't have seen the NHL any more than Byers would have. He could re-up and help the Whale along or head overseas but otherwise it isn't likely he will see Broadway anymore.

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