January 24, 2013

Penguins trade Ferriero to Rangers

By Jesse Connolly

Former Shark Benn Ferriero's stay in the Pens' organization proved to be short-lived. (Getty Images)

Benn Ferriero (Essex, Mass.) is on the move again.

The former BC Eagle, who was midway through his first season in the Penguins' organization, has been traded to the Rangers in exchange for fellow farmhand Chad Kolarik. 

Ferriero, 25, came to the Pens as a free agent last summer after three seasons in San Jose. While with the Sharks, he notched 22 points in 92 regular season games and also appeared in eight playoff contests. He had a career-high seven goals for San Jose in 35 games last year.

The 5-foot-11 winger had a disappointing first half for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the AHL, scoring just four times in 34 contests. 

Kolarik, a Pennsylvania native and former Michigan Wolverine, ranked among the AHL's top point-getters with 16-19-35 totals in 41 contests for the Connecticut Whale. The 26-year-old forward has appeared in six NHL games. He was selected 199th overall by Phoenix in 2004.

Ferriero has been assigned to the Whale. Kolarik will report to Wilkes-Barre.

Sneep sent packing

Defenseman Carl Sneep, who was a teammate of Ferriero's at BC for three seasons, was also dealt away by the Penguins on Thursday.

The 25-year-old rearguard was sent to Dallas in exchange for a conditional draft pick. Sneep spent most of this season with the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers. He made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 2011-12, notching an assist in an 8-3 win over the Sabres.

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