New York, November 11, 2010 - New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired forward Chad Kolarik from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for forward Dane Byers.
Kolarik, 24, has registered four goals and six assists for 10 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 13 games with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season. He ranks third on Springfield in scoring with 10 points, is tied for second in assists and ranks fourth in goals. He also leads the team and ranks 14th in the AHL with 46 shots on goal, and is tied for the team lead and ninth in the league with three power play goals. Kolarik has registered three multi-point performances this season, including a two-goal effort in Springfield's season opener, a 5-1 win, on October 8 at Providence. He recorded nine points (four goals, five assists) in nine games to begin the season, including a season-high, three-game scoring streak from October 22 vs. Portland to October 29 at Hartford (two goals, three assists over the span).
The 5-11, 195-pounder has skated in 165 career AHL contests with the Springfield Falcons, Syracuse Crunch and San Antonio Rampage, registering 50 goals and 60 assists for 110 points, along with 120 penalty minutes. He split the 2009-10 season between San Antonio and Syracuse, recording a career-high, 26 goals and tying his career-high in scoring with 50 points in 76 games. He also appeared in two games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, making his NHL debut on April 5, 2010 at St. Louis. In 2008-09, Kolarik established a career-high with 30 assists and 50 points in 76 games with San Antonio. He made his professional debut with San Antonio on April 16 in the 2008 Calder Cup Playoffs, and notched a hat trick in his next game two days later.
Prior to turning professional, Kolarik appeared in 163 career games over four seasons with the University of Michigan Wolverines of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), registering 78 goals and 96 assists for 174 points, along with 131 penalty minutes. He helped the Wolverines capture the CCHA regular season and tournament titles, and led Michigan to NCAA Frozen Four as a senior in 2007-08. Kolarik was named a Second Team All-American, NCAA All-Regional Team (East) and All-CCHA First Team All-Star that season after registering career-highs with 30 goals, 56 points, seven game winning goals, four shorthanded goals, and a plus-27 rating in 39 games.
The Abington, Pennsylvania native was originally selected as Phoenix's seventh round pick, 199th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Byers, 24, has registered three goals and six assists for nine points, along with 25 penalty minutes in 16 games with Hartford (AHL) this season. The Nipawin, Saskatchewan native was originally the Rangers' second round choice, 48th overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.