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Wounded Wizard: Mats Zuccarello out with broken wrist

Mar 23, 2012, 8:03 PM EST

Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Callahan AP

Tough news for a player with a spell-binding nickname: “Midget Wizard” Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely with a broken wrist, according to Katie Strang.

Considering the scant amount of regular season games remaining, it’s probably safe to say that the New York Rangers won’t get him back until at least the playoffs. In fact, it wouldn’t be shocking if this is his last 2011-12 appearance.

With today’s game marking just his 10th game of the season, it’s hard to call this a major loss; he’s an undersized forward whose limitations might have been exposed in the grinding intensity of a playoff series. Still, he was starting to put his game together a bit; Zuccarello had two goals in two games on March 17 and 19.

Losing him won’t make or break the Rangers, but you never know when you might need a little wizard’s magic.

  1. potatoesogrady - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    He’s looked great out there since the call-up. Provided a big offensive spark without being a defensive liability. Sad.

  2. modellforprez - Mar 24, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    resign stan avery so tyler kennedy can smoke his ass again and dump stix in the river you can skate but u can’t skate away from me stranger.

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