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UPDATE: ESPNNY.com's Katie Strang confirms the New York Rangers have signed Mats Zuccarello to a $700,000 (pro-rated) deal. Zuccarello is with the Rangers in Ottawa.
We could see Mats Zuccarello back in Big Apple before too long. The New York Post reports the New York Rangers have an interest in bringing the 25-year-old Norwegian winger back into the fold once his KHL season ends with team Metallurg Magnitogorsk (as early as this weekend, perhaps).
"I’m definitely interested in talking to Zuke," Rangers GM Glen Sather said Tuesday. "I’ve always liked him as a player. We’ll see what happens."
Zuccarello's two-year deal with his KHL squad has an NHL out-clause, and the Rangers own his rights.
Playing 53 NHL games (including one playoff contest) altogether the past two seasons, Zuccarello provided an effective power-play presence for the New York squad last spring before suffering a broken left wrist.
***UPDATE: According to Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork.com, Mats Zuccarello has agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Rangers. A source confirmed that Zuccarello was released from his current team, Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the KHL. The diminutive Norwegian forward is expected in New York once the paperwork is complete.