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)
10:24AM: Zuccarello said that he doesn’t think he is at the level of playing in the Premier League but did say that it was fun to play soccer for the first time in a while. (Nettavisen)
9:45AM: Mats Zuccarello took part in a charity soccer game in Norway today and former Norway coach Johan Semb said that Zuccarelllo could play in the Premier League. (VG)
Zuccarello had a goal and two assists in the game (VG) and said that he was lucky. (TV2)
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7/25/14 | 1:24PM: Mats Zuccarello signed a two-year deal with the Rangers on May 26, 2010.
He played 52 games with the Rangers over those two years and scored 8 goals and had 18 assists.
During his initial contract with the Rangers, Zuccarello was called up and sent down 5 times before breaking his wrist in 2012 and missing the Rangers run to the Eastern Conference Final.
He left the NHL for the KHL and played with Magnitagorsk during the lockout before finishing the 2013 season with the Rangers and signing a one-year deal for this past season.
Zuccarello said that when he was in Russia he wasn’t expecting to come back to the NHL after he battled for two years and then started to play “real hockey” while in the KHL. He said that it was said going to Russia because while he was happy to be playing, he thought his time in the NHL was over. (Daily News)
He said that when the Rangers asked him to come back after his season in Russia, he wasn’t sure that he wanted to come back but his brother told him not to “be stupid” and that everyone wants to play in the NHL. (Daily News)
Zuccarello signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with the Rangers this past week.
Zuccarello’s caption was “Proud to be a nyr for at least one more year!! LGR!”
Zuccarello signed a ONE-YEAR deal worth $3.5 million that he said was the best thing for both sides.