Quote: Wojtek Wolski Assesses His Game

You don’t want to be out of the lineup. You want to be in the lineup. But I don’t think that (the shootout goal) is a good enough reason to keep me in the lineup. I’ve got to play better. He (coach John Tortorella) is holding me accountable. The only one to blame is myself. I have to play better and have more of an impact on the game. Obviously, I realize I have a lot of upside and potential. I’m happy they realize it too. The team is battling for a playoff spot and I’m not playing as well as I could be. They’re going to hold me accountable. It was a quick conversation (with Tortorella). It wasn’t anything too big. We’ve got to win and I’ve got to be a part of it. If I’m not contributing, I’m not going to play.”

Wolski to Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants

It is a pretty honest look at his game and that is nice to hear. I like to believe in players and that when they say things like this, they will take it to heart and work towards being a better player. Wolski probably realizes that he has been traded twice already at a young age and that if he doesn’t get his act together on a consistent basis soon, he won’t be in the league in a few years or he will be playing for a lot less money. He has so much talent and meshes well with Derek Stepan and Mats Zuccarello. He was likely to return to the lineup on Friday as it was, but Sean Avery taking some penalties last night probably sends him back to the press box.