8/18/14 | 6:34PM: Mats Zuccarello played in 77 games this past season. That number is more than the total amount of games he played (67) in the NHL during his three previous seasons with the Rangers.
Zuccarello’s 59 points this season was 25 more than he had in those previous 67 games.
Zuccarello said that this is the first year he has played a lot and that he has always said that if you play a lot and get important minutes your confidence will go up. (NY Post)
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Zuccarello adds the caption “Roadtrip baby!! Ottawa to nyc! #werethetwobestfriendsthatanyonecouldhave“
The two participated in a tournament in Quebec this weekend that was won by a team that had both of the Bourque brothers.
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Mats Zuccarello said that the Rangers goal for this season is to finish in the top eight and make the playoffs. (Nettavisen)
He said that no one thought that the Rangers would get to the Final this past season and the team showed that anything can happen once you make the playoffs. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello said that he wants to be a contributor to the Rangers in any way he can and the most important thing is that the Rangers win and are a “winning team.” (Nettavisen)
Dominic Moore said recently that with Henrik Lundqvist in net and the Rangers depth at forward and defense, the team feels that they can build on this past season.
Derick Brassard said recently that everyone can learn a lot from last year’s run but as a team they need to look forward and have the right preparation. He said it’s up to the players to work hard everyday to get the Rangers back to where they were. (Rangers)
8/13/14 | 10:22AM: Mats Zuccarello says that he feels he has become part of the Rangers “core” and that has allowed him to feel “slightly” more comfortable heading into this season. He adds that he feels a responsibility to be one of the Rangers leaders. (TV2)
He said that the Rangers “probably” would have given him a longer-term contract if not for the salary cap and that he can sign a new deal during the season or wait until after the year to become a free agent and sign anywhere. He said that he will control the position he will be in, whether teams will want him or not, based on how he plays this season. (TV2)
Zuccarello “claims” that there is an “agreement” between he and the organization that he will be the next player to get a long-term deal after he “sacrificed” that this summer to sign a one-year deal and help the team’s salary cap situation. (TV2)
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Zuccarello is expected to take part in a “boot camp” training session with Derick Brassard in Quebec this week. (Boot Camp)
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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