John Giannone asked Mats Zuccarello about his relationship with Henrik Lundqvist on the Bleeding Blueshirts podcast.(MSG)
Zuccarello said, I can’t talk about Hank, how he feels about it, but he can be as mad at me as my mom gets some days. Some days he isn’t in the mood but I love Hank, he is a great guy and great friend of mine. It gives me great pleasure to come into the locker room and see him.”
He adds, “He is the King of New York so someone needs to make sure he has his feet on the earth so I take that responsibility. Hopefully he likes it too and it relaxes him a bit, he is always so intense but sometimes it’s not relaxing when I get in there and want to shoot. If he doesn’t save that it’s even worse then if he lets one in during a game, so I enjoy it every time that I score. We have fun on the ice and outside and when it comes down to it, Hank is there for you and I will be there for him.”
- On wanting more than one year, “It doesn’t matter what kind of deal you are on, every season is the same and you want to come and do the best for the team. I don’t think about that at all. It was the best for both parties and we will see what happens, nothing that I think about now.” (Lohud on Soundcloud)
- You approach camp the same way, “yup, I’m a little more comfortable this year than previous years but everything that happened last year is forgotten and it’s a new season and we have to prove ourselves as a team and individually as well.” (NYR)
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He is looking at the “biggest good year vs bad year” contract differential of any of the Rangers UFAs. They write that Zuccarello will be able to sign for a lot of zeros if he puts up 70 points but that won’t be the case if he gets “15 points in 25 games and then gets hurt.” (Dobber Hockey)
Dobber has him projected to score 20 goals and 37 assists.
The Hockey News Pool Guide has Zuccarello scoring 15 goals and adding 35 assists.
The Sports Forecaster has Zuccarello scoring 16 goals and 29 assists and list him as a player who will have a target on his back this season.
They say that teams will look to “shut” Zuccarello down by “any means necessary,” he will have a target on his back and find it tough to repeat his “breakout numbers.”
Some of Zuccarello’s teammates think he is becoming an “elite” player.
Mats Zuccarello was asked if he felt “unappreciated” by the Rangers after he signed for one-year and the Rangers gave Derick Brassard five-years.(TV2)
Zuccarello said that he knew Brassard was going to get that contract, that the two speak everyday, and that Zuccarello taking one-year and $3.5 million probably helped Brassard get his deal from the Rangers. (TV2)
He adds that with losing Brad Richards it was important for the Rangers to keep Brassard. (TV2)
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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)
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.