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Rangers Have No Plans To Allow Mats Zuccarello To Play In Europe

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There is no out-clause in Mats Zuccarello’s contract that would require the Rangers to allow the 24-year-old winger to leave for Europe if he is still a member of the AHL Whale by a certain date, the Norwegian’s representatives and general manager Glen Sather told The Post late last week.

And though Craig Oster, one of the winger’s agents at Newport Sports, told The Post the subject is likely to be raised with management within the next few weeks if Zuccarello remains in Hartford under his $67,500 AHL contract, Sather doesn’t seem to have much interest in obliging.

“Why would we agree to anything like that?” is how Sather phrased it in an email response to the Post’s inquiry whether the club would set the Hobbit free. “There’s no such agreement.”

Zuccarello started this season with the Rangers before being assigned to the Whale after three games, in which he averaged 8:25 of ice time while operating on the club’s fourth line and second power-play unit.


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Mr. Fnytelhatt's avatar

Sather you complete and utter spiteful bastard. Zuccarello is good enough to win the SEL scoring title on a dreadful team, so if he can’t make it in the NHL due to his size and the smaller rink, why make him waste away in the minors when he could have (and deserve) a much bigger role and a much bigger paycheck in Sweden or Russia?

Having said that, I hope Zuccarello sticks a while, because I believe and hope he is good enough to make it. Playing in the AHL will probably be useful even if it hurts financially. And maybe, if he can’t crack NY’s top 9, Sather could get his arse out of the waggon and trade Zuccarello for some blueline help.

Posted by Mr. Fnytelhatt on 11/14/11 at 09:32 AM ET

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