Detailing how 26-year-old Wojtek Wolski has been somewhat of a disappointment at times in his NHL career, CSNWashington.com notes he received little interest in the first 10 days of free agency. His new one-year cost to the Capitals is just $100,00 over the NHL minimum. Two years ago, Wolski signed a two-year contract with the Coyotes worth $7.6 million.
“I had one bad year and this year was tough with the [sports hernia] surgery I had,” Wolski said in a conference call. “This upcoming year is a great time for me to bounce back and show I’m still a great player and I still have a lot of life left in me.
“I’m simply at a point in my career where I want to accomplish something. I’ve got to make it work and I think I’m ready and able and it’s going to be a great year.”
Because of his inconsistencies and questionable work habits, Wolski already has drawn comparisons to Alex Semin, the player he will be asked to replace in the Capitals’ lineup. Wolski said he’s been told by the Capitals that they see him as a top six forward who can challenge for a role on one of the team’s top two lines.
“I think I can help on the offensive side,” he said. “I struggled the last two years but I’m definitely highly motivated and very excited and very hungry at this point in time.”
Wolski said he’s also excited at the opportunity to play for new coach Adam Oates, saying Devils rookie Adam Henrique told him he learned “a lot” from Oates when he was an assistant in New Jersey. Wolski will also be reuniting with Caps forward Matt Hendricks, whom he roomed with when the two were teammates in Colorado.