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Report: Zuccarello out of KHL deal, will join Rangers

Mar 26, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

Sweden Hockey NY Rangers LA Kings AP

It shouldn’t be long now before Mats Zuccarello rejoins the New York Rangers.

The 25-year-old Norwegian forward has been released by his KHL team, according to an ESPN source. That clears the way for Zuccarello to return to the NHL after recently agreeing to terms with the Rangers.

Zuccarello is an unimposing 5-foot-7, but he should boost the Rangers offensively after putting up point-per-game numbers in the AHL last season and 28 points in 44 KHL games in 2012-13.

“There’s no secret we need to score more goals,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. “Bringing a guy in that can create offense definitely will help the team.”

In fact, the Rangers are the second-worst team in the league with an average of 2.26 goals per game.

Zuccarello will earn a prorated $700,000, according to the New York Posts’ Larry Brooks. The deal will expire this summer.

  1. jaredo10 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Welcome back Zuccccccccccccccc

  2. johnstone17 - Mar 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    He only helps if he’s allowed to be creative.

    • blackfoot11 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      What are the odds that Torts allows that?

      • johnstone17 - Mar 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        No odds to be found on that Blackfoot11

  3. tfaltin - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    He’ll try to create something, likely make one turnover (like every NHLer does), get benched for 35 minutes and watch Powe and Pyatt try to grind out a goal by winning 5 board battles on a shift. (Then probably be a healthy scratch for Kris Newbury)

    Bottom line, the shackles need to be off this group. Sorry Torts, I was your biggest fan for the past few years but this group has passed you by, it’s not the same team anymore.

    • rpiotr01 - Mar 26, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      I agree. I can’t fathom how Torts has become more Renney-like than Tom Renney was.

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