With the new CBA eliminating re-entry waivers, Larry Brooks at the NY Post says the Rangers could look to bring in European prospects Jesper Fast of HV 71 and Oscar Lindberg of Skelleftea for possible late-season NHL duty.
Another interesting person to throw in the mix is Mats Zuccarello, who is still considered Rangers property while playing for the Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. Brooks adds that Zuccarello would be eligible to play for the Blueshirts this season, without clearing waivers, if he were to sign with the club following the end of his season in Europe.
...Zuccarello gave the Rangers a nice little spark at the end of the last season. Maybe they'll need him to do the same this year. Let's hope not.
...as far as Fast and Lindberg, I'd love to see them come over and get some much needed exposure to the North American game. Even if it's only in practice.
Jesper Fasth is injured and will miss HV71's game at Frölunda today. No word on what exactly the problem is yet. #NYR— Alex Nunn (@aj_ranger) January 12, 2013
For more on Fast and Lindberg, click here.
Yes I am a big Zuke fan and he did show promise he also appeared to have bought into Torts style... It would be an interesting fill in and potentially a nice playmaker on the 3rd or 4th line.
@JMK8363 Good point. If the Rangers plan on playing Kreider on the 3rd line then someone like Zuccarello would have be beneficial to him. Because Boyle and/or Pyatt will not help him score goals much.