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Report: Zuccarello unsure about returning to Rangers

Mar 9, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

Mats Zuccarello, Ryan Callahan AP

The New York Rangers could use a spark in their game and one familiar face from last season could provide it. The question is, do the Rangers want to bring back Mats Zuccarello?

According to a report out of Norway, shared by Andrew Gross at The Bergen Record, even he’s not sure if the Rangers are truly interested.

“The last thing I heard was that they are interested and we’ll just have to see if they still are,” said Zuccarello, his quotes translated from Norwegian. “I haven’t quite decided yet. But it’s the NHL so if the chance comes, of course it’s tempting.”

New York’s interest in wanting “The Hobbit” to come back to Broadway isn’t new as there’s been talk about this already. For Zuccarello, it’s likely he’ll want some assurances before coming back to the NHL. Locking up a one-way deal that makes it more of a financial bite for the team to send him to the AHL if need be would be a good one as coach John Tortorella went through the motions when it came to his game.

One thing’s for sure, the kind of offensive lift he can provide to even the fourth line has to be better than what they’re getting out of guys like Stu Bickel.

  1. letsgopens8771 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Between Zucarello and JT Miller, I’d take Miller because he plays more defense than Zuc. Miller gives them a better shot at the Playoffs. Zucs is more of a shootout specialist but he is fun to watch. I don’t know why the Rangers don’t give Zucs or Kreider a shot, but oh well. I still think Miller is a better all-around player than Zucs, but whatever.

    I just hope that the Rangers win some more games just so that the Flyers don’t make the Playoffs!

    Unto the words of the Great Porky Pig, I leave you with,


    • stakex - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Who ever said it was a choice between Miller and Zucarello?

  2. rsl22 - Mar 9, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    “I have 8 goals in my NHL career, which obviously entitles me a guaranteed roster spot and many millions of dollars.”

    • flyrsftw - Mar 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      Haha, i pitty people like you. Dont you understand that if he can make millions and play regularly on a high level instead of riding the buss across USA he would?

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