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Report: Zuccarello on brink of joining Rangers

Mar 25, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during their game on March 6, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
(March 5, 2011 - Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The New York Rangers appear to be close to getting a key reinforcement in their battle for a playoff spot.

25-year-old forward Mats Zuccarello has reached an agreement that would reunite him with the Rangers, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang and TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The 5-foot-7 Norwegian still needs to be released from his KHL contract before he can return to the NHL, but he does have an out-clause in his deal with Magnitogorsk Metallurg. Barring a setback, the Rangers might get Zuccarello by this weekend.

It’s also worth noting that because Zuccarello was already on the Rangers’ RFA/reserve list, he won’t have to be exposed to waivers.

Zuccarello has eight goals and 26 points in 52 career NHL games. He was also roughly a point-per-game player in the AHL in 2011-12 and had 28 points in 44 KHL games this season.

Rangers prospect Jesper Fast might also be brought to New York after scoring 18 goals and 35 points in 47 Swedish Elite League games in 2012-13.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Loved this guy , can’t wait to see him back

  2. johnstone17 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Tortorella will choke the scoring touch out of him.

  3. drewzducks - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Love the nickname.

  4. stakex - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Zuccarello is a talented player, but hes yet to prove himself as a serious scoring threat in the NHL… or even the KHL for that matter. In 92 totals games in both the NHL and KHL hes scored 19 goals. Not great numbers. The problem is hes 5’7, 161lbs. Hes just too small to be effective in the NHL on a consistent basis IMO.

    Granted the Rangers need all the help he can get, and since no one else is scoring… might as well give him a shot.

  5. stakex - Mar 25, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Zuccarello is a talented player, but hes yet to prove himself as a serious scoring threat in the NHL… or even the KHL for that matter. In 92 totals games in both the NHL and KHL hes scored 19 goals. Not great numbers. The problem is hes 5’7, 161lbs. Hes just too small to be effective in the NHL on a consistent basis IMO.

    Granted the Rangers need all the help they can get, and since no one else is scoring… might as well give him a shot.

  6. nyrnashty - Mar 25, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Not a fan of him. I hope this isn’t our only deadline move. I would look forward to the draft, especially since it’s local this year, but we don’t have a 1st round pick lol!

  7. uscthom78 - Mar 25, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    glen sather gm of the year.

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