1:47PM: Katie Strang says that Zuccarello’s deal is in principle and contingent upon him not signing with another NHL team.
10:20AM: via Justin, Zuccarello’s agent has denied that Zucc has signed in Russia.
He claims that there have been offers from Russia but nothing has been signed yet.
His agent notes that Zucc is expecting to get offers from the Rangers and other clubs and hopes that they will be one-way contracts and not two-way contracts.
Their website, via google translate says, “Magnitogorsk “ Metallurgist ”signed a contract with striker Zukkarello Mats (Mats Zuccarello).Calculate the agreement for two years.“
In two seasons with the Rangers, Zuccarello played 52 games for the Rangers and had eight goals and 18 assists. While playing for the Whale, Zucc had 14 goals and 25 assists in 47 games.
Zuccarello fractured his wrist in March shortly after being called up by the Rangers.
Glen Sather said during March that he wanted to bring Zuccarello back.
Zuccarello was believed to be available during the season and made some noise after being sent down about possibly leaving the organization if he wasn’t part of the future.
Adam Rotter: Well that was a quick start to the offseason. It was hard to see where Zucc fit in for next season and it would seem like he went to the KHL for more of a starring role and likely a lot of money. Zucc has great talent and I think his game will excel on the bigger ice surface like it did before he came over. I am not 100% sure, but I think that the Rangers can still control his rights if they send him a qualifying offer. If that isn’t true, I hope someone can let me know.