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From the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis:
There is no need to wait until Martin St. Louis is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in order to see his legacy. It resides in every undersized athlete in the NHL, following his example of determination in overcoming any physical disadvantages that might exist.
“I’d like to say that I was part of that, of being able to see players not so much for their size, but for the athlete and the hockey player that they are,” St. Louis said Monday at the Rangers practice facility in Westchester, the first time he has taken questions since announcing his retirement July 2.
“For me, I had smaller players I looked up to when I was young,” said the 5-foot-8 St. Louis. “And when I was looking at little guys, it was, ‘They’re there, why can’t I be?’”
St. Louis, 40, played parts of the final two seasons of his 16-year career with the Rangers, coming over in a trade with the Lightning in March 2014. He joined a team with Mats Zuccarello, the diminutive Norwegian winger who finally had someone to look in the eye. During the past Eastern Conference final, the Rangers took on the Lightning, with terrific 5-foot-9 forward Tyler Johnson.
“I know a lot of shorter guys around the league, I get a chance to meet them — yeah, I was probably their idol at one point, and they’re going to be somebody else’s idol at some point,” St. Louis said. “That’s the beauty of the game. The wheel keeps turning. Guys are leaving, guys are coming in, and you try to affect the game and leave your mark as you go through. I think I’ve done that.”
Below, watch how the injury occurred.
added 3:54pm, Also added below, Zuccarello talking with the media...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The Rangers are being honest with their report Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined “indefinitely” in the wake of the injury the winger suffered last Friday.
But The Post has learned from several sources Zuccarello definitely will not be available for Round Two against the Capitals, which commences Thursday night at the Garden.
Beyond that, Zuccarello’s availability for a hypothetical Eastern Conference final, and indeed, the Stanley Cup final itself, is in doubt.
Zuccarello, the club’s first-line right wing, is suspected to have sustained a concussion when he was struck on the left side of the head by Ryan McDonagh’s drive at 15:30 of the first period of Game 5 against the Penguins. After the play, he skated slowly to the Rangers’ bench before heading to the locker room.
The New York Rangers announced Monday that forward Mats Zuccarello will be sidelined indefinitely because of an upper-body injury.
Zuccarello left Game 5 of the Rangers' Eastern Conference First Round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first period after getting hit on the left side of his helmet with a shot from defenseman Ryan McDonagh. The Rangers won the game 2-1 in overtime to eliminate the Penguins and advance to the second round. They'll play either the Washington Capitals or New York Islanders in the next round.
Watch the play below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Once was the time, and not so very long ago at all, the Rangers had to bribe players to come to play for, and then stay with, their Original Six team in the world’s greatest city.
But those days are history. Blue bloods are willing to take less in order to remain a part of the culture club that has been constructed in midtown Manhattan.
Mats Zuccarello became the latest to spurn his chance to become a free agent and maximize his value on the open market — just as Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal had done over the preceding 15 months — by signing the Rangers’ take-it-or-leave it (and town) offer of $18 million over four years.
There’s no doubt the Norwegian could have commanded more on the market in July, perhaps a significant amount more when factoring in the difference in taxes from one locale to the next, but the promise of additional riches did not sway No. 36.
“I told [my agents] enough is enough, I’m happy with the offer and it’s important for me to stay here for a long time,” Zuccarello told The Post following Monday’s two-assist performance in the Rangers’ convincing 4-1 victory over the first-overall Predators at the Garden.
Per TSN's Bob McKenzie and ESPN's Katie Strang, who are at slight odds about a no-trade clause:
Yesterday evening, the New York Post's Larry Brooks reported that the New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello couldn't come to a contract extension agreement in the $4.5 million range. That's apparently changed, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie:
added 9:31pm, Watch the segment below...
Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.
Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.
Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.
According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;
Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;
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from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
A restricted free agent, Zuccarello, who had 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season and went 5-8-13 in the playoffs, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing July 25. But he and the club agreed to a one-year, $3.5-million contract, which makes him an unrestricted free agent this summer.
After Jan. 1, one-year players can sign extensions, but the Rangers are juggling cap space, both currently and long-term. And their pending free agents include six top players: Marc Staal and Martin St. Louis are unrestricted, and Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin, J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast are restricted....
His line, with Derick Brassard and Rick Nash, is "playing against a first line almost every game, so I also take pride in my defensive play," Zuccarello said. "I just try to go out and work hard every night, that's the mindset I have. It wouldn't change if I had a longer deal."
But a multiyear deal is clearly Zuccarello's desire. "I would like them to have faith in me for longer years," he said. "I've had one-year deals for a long time now, so it'd be nice to get some stability."
“That’s the way we should play here at home: Don’t be afraid, and balls out. Sorry for the language, but I mean that’s when we’re one of the best teams in the league, when we play like that.”
-Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers after defeating the Minnesota Wild in come from behind fashion.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News has the game recap and post-game reaction.
If you missed the game, watch the highlights below...
thanks to Shnarped for the pointer on the quote
All about the curious case of Jimmy Hayes (and Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard contract updates)
This is something of a "choose-your-own adventure" entry. CBS Sports' Chris Peters and SI's Allan Muir tell the story of a Chicago Blachkawks prospect who might get away, someone who deliberately skipped the Hawks' summer development camp, and you can indulge yourself in the New York Post's Larry Brooks' reporting (which served as inspiration for said "adventure") at your leisure.
Muir explains that Blackhawks 2010 draft pick Kevin Hayes, a 6'4" Hobey Baker Award finalist, happens to be property of the Blackhawks until August 16th, when the 65-point-scorer (that's pretty dang great for NCAA Division I hockey) becomes a free agent per, "Player is your property until four months after he graduates" CBA rules, after which time he can signa 2-year entry-level deal with any team...
Prior to tonight's Stanley Cup Final game, Hockey Night in Canada allowed the Rangers' players to share their hockey inspirations, and let's just say that Mats Zuccarello had some fun with the, "My favorite player growing up" line...
And Don Cherry introducing the top 5 prospects for the NHL Draft is something of a tradition as well. The fact that Don didn't lose it when Sam Bennett discussed how much Doug Gilmour means to him was remarkable:
That was most certainly intriguing. For the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings surrendered a 2-0 lead; for the second consecutive game, the Kings forced overtime, overcoming both the Rangers' relentless attack and their own defensive mistakes (Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene did not have the best nights in their own end); and for the second consecutive game, the Los Angeles Kings persevered and prevailed, with Dustin Brown tipping Willie Mitchell's shot past Henrik Lundqvist 10:26 into the second OT period.
Los Angeles prevails 5-4, and now the series gets interesting: both teams will have to try to get their players to bed sooner than later as 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time flights are on the Sunday docket, and the teams will play three games in five nights, so we may see the kind of mental fatigue that played into tonight's score leak its way into regulation time action.
Justin Williams had 3 assists, Willie Mitchell had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots for LA; Derik Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Ryan McDonagh had 1-goal-and-1-assist games for the Rangers, Rick Nash had 8 shots, and Henrik Lundqvist (who may or may not have issued a Dustin Brown-style dive at one point--quite a bit of diving in this series!) stopped 39 for New York.
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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.
NEW YORK (October 7, 2011) – New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello has been fined $2,500, the maximum allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for boarding Los Angeles Kings forward Kyle Clifford in NHL Game #5 on Friday in Stockholm, Sweden, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident, which occurred 3:05 into the first period, was reviewed by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The fine was levied for violation of Rule 41.1 – Boarding, of the National Hockey League’s Official Rules. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.
added 9:13pm, video of the hit…