Why the NY Rangers Should Sign Mats Zuccarello for the Stretch Run

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Why the NY Rangers Should Sign Mats Zuccarello for the Stretch Run
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Late last month it was being reported that New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather was interested in re-signing restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello once his KHL season had wrapped up.

Well, on Tuesday, Zuccarello's club, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, was eliminated from the KHL playoffs in their first-round series, falling to Salavat Yulaev Ufa in seven games.

With that, Zuccarello's agent, Don Meehan, has claimed that he and Sather have had informal discussion regarding Zuccarello's return to New York.

His contract with Metallurg is for two seasons, but it does include an out clause if Zuccarello decides to head back to the NHL, therefore, there would be no contractual foul play if he did decide to re-sign with the Rangers.

All signs point to this signing being a no-brainer for the Rangers, but as Larry Brooks suggested on Thursday, the addition of Roman Hamrlik on Wednesday may complicate things with Zuccarello.

With Hamrlik joining the organization, the Rangers now have 49 professional contracts between the big club and its minor league affiliates. The league maximum is 50, and if the Rangers want to sign Zuccarello and possibly make a move at the trade deadline, things could get tricky.

Regardless of that, Zuccarello can be an asset to this team and his re-signing is an option Sather should seriously consider, and here's why.

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