According to a Norwegian paper, via friend of the blog Stein, Mats Zuccarello said that he can play in the NHL and that he will consider leaving the Rangers to make that happen:
- If I am not within a reasonable time feel that Rangers are interested in getting me back, and go for me, I must look for another top club in the United States. There is a limit to how long it’s interesting for me to have it now. I would like if they do not really have any future plans for me.
The report also states that his former team MODO has interest in bringing him back and so does a team from the KHL.
Zuccarello is an RFA at the end of the season.
If there isn’t a spot for him in the top nine, preferably top six, the Rangers could probably get something at least decent for Zucc. It is up to the Rangers to either trade him or let him go, otherwise he is a member of the organization. Zucc has a ton of talent, and I think he could be really good, so there will be teams willing to take a chance on him.
I hope that gets called up and gets a nice chance to make an impact. At the same time, his value will probably be higher if he keeps scoring in the AHL.