8/9/14 | 12:23PM: Mats Zuccarello was asked about the Rangers losing Brad Richards and said that he was a “vital cog” in the team, “especially off the ice.” (Nettavisen)
He says that Richards was a big help because of his experience and was a big leader in the locker room. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello added, “It’s clear he’s going to be a loss.” (Nettavisen)
He said on the day of the buyout that losing Richards is “a shame.”
Carl Hagelin said that Richards was an “amazing” teammate who helped him a lot.
Henrik Lundqvist said, “Brad Richards has been outstanding this season on and off the ice and accepted the role of more responsibility and a lot of credit to Brad.” (Fox Sports)
Chris Kreider said that Richards has helped him through every single low point in his career. (ESPN NY)
Henrik Lundqvist is featured as one of Vanity Fair’s list of Best Dressed Men for 2014. (Today)
Lundqvist says that his favorite item of clothing is a leather jacket and asked about a style icon he looks up to, Lundqvist said that he finds “everything cool about Frank Sinatra.” (Vanity Fair)
Mats Zuccarello says that he isn’t interested in challenging Henrik Lundqvist as a “style icon” and that Lundqvist is the player on the team who cares the most about how he dresses. (Side2)
Zuccarello is working with Moods of Norway and likes that they help him pick out clothes that look nice. (Side2)
Zuccarello was also skating with a team in Norway this week. (Aftonbladet)
8/8/14 | 6:53AM: Zuccarello is heading to New York in a few days to go through workouts in advance of training camp. (Nettavisen)
He says that he has spent most of the offseason at home in Norway, besides a little trip to Spain, and has been working out a bit to try and stay in shape. (Nettavisen)
8/5/14 | 9:12AM: In a video on Facebook, Zuccarello said “Summer is going great, really happy that I signed my new contract and can’t wait to get back to New York and start it. Hopefully we are all ready for the season to start in October and Let’s Go Rangers.” (FB)
According to Extra Skater, Mats Zuccarello had 116 hits this season and was hit 104 times.
Zuccarello took 16 penalties this season but drew 34. (Extra Skater)
Joe Micheletti described Zuccarello as a “no nonsense player” who is gutsy, gritty and plays a blue collar type of game.
Derick Brassard said that Zuccarello plays much bigger than his size, “that is for sure.” (NY Times)
Brassard, in late January said on MSG, “Zucc is a shifty player with great vision. He is really strong on the puck and plays bigger than his size. What I like about Mats is that he competes every night and comes to work even for practice he always has a smile on his face and a big passion for the game and he has been one of the best players if not our best player this year. I like to play with him and Benny and I hope it keeps going.”
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7/30/14 | 11:56AM: Mats Zuccarello said that he would taken a long-term contract from the Rangers if it was on the terms that he wanted but right now it’s best to just go with a one-year deal. (VG)
Zuccarello said that the one-year deal had been done for a while but it was good to finally get it on paper. He adds, “I am happy” with the deal. (VG)
He adds that he has gotten indications from the Rangers that they are interested in a long-term deal but now it’s up to him to decide what will happen since he can be a free agent after the season. (VG)
Zuccarello said that the Rangers are his first choice but a deal must work for both sides. (VG)
He adds that he has proven he can play in the NHL. (VG)