Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Mats Zuccarello has taken care of his immigration issues and will meet the Rangers in Ottawa for tomorrow's game.
Zuccarello will still not be able to practice with the Rangers until his KHL release is finalized.
Zuccarello's contract is for one-year, $700,000.
...ummmmm, can we please get an expeditor over to Russia immediately.
...while I'd hate to see Torts change anything up after last night's five goal explosion, if Zuccarello can play, I think he'd fit in nicely on Richards line with Kreider. Boyle actually had a pretty solid game, but offers absolutely nothing offensively. And where else are you putting Zuccarello? The fourth line?
In other European import news, Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Jesper Fast flew into New York yesterday and is set to see doctors to take care of his physical either today or tomorrow.
Fast was given permission to come over from the Swedish Ice Hockey Association, and there will be no restrictions on how he can be used.
...i know it's only one game, but with how well the Rangers offense played last night, might be best to just send Fast to the Whale. Similar to what I said about Zuccarello, where exactly would Fast be playing? Would be a waste putting him on the fourth line.
"They should sit Newbury over Boyle. Newbury hasn't done much"
Brilliant! So Boyle and his 2 points and minus-7 rating warrants a roster spot over a guy that hits, is 50% on faceoffs and made a nice play to start the rush on Asham's goal the other night. All in 2 games.
But let me guess, Boyle is good along the boards.
..........Until he gives it up to the other team.
I agree, you can put boyle back down to the fourth, send newbury down and use the hobbit on the third like you said. As for Fast, you send him down to the whale to let him get adjusted to the smaller rinks and different game then over in the Sweden league. then if any injuries occur or somebody needs rest, you can call him up as a first option.
@TheNYRBlog i like the newbury-asham combo, boyle slides down to the 4th line? Pyatt sits? What about Fasth?
In Zuccarello's first campaign with the Rangers he played 42 games and had 23 points. Compare that to our Captain who played 52 games his first season and came up with just 13 points. Meanwhile, Zucc played 36 games with the Whale scoring 29 points. His 23 points with the Rangers was also more than Fedotenko, Prust, or Mitchell put up, and those guys all played more games. Of course, they all brought other things to their game as well. It's a reminder that the game is not all about points or even stats. However, it almost has to be for Zuccarello because he doesn't have a lot of additional intangibles to offer. His one other skill is his shootout prowess. Having his initial season with the Rangers behind him -- and that counts for an awful lot, people -- let's hope he can build on what he started and put up some more points for us for the remainder of this season.
youtube.com/watch?v=4wxXneRSAu8 For those of you who don't know what to expect from Fasth...we can definitely use some of this!,,
How complicated is the KHL release?
Why is it more complicated than immigration?
I've read a certain amount of concern regarding Zuccarello's size. It makes me wonder if those concerned have actually seen him play. While big guys will knock him down, Zucc is a remarkable tough kid and doesn't shy away from the boards or a scrum. We're not bringing him here for toughness, but he plays bigger than his size. He actually did pretty well when he was here. He lit it up with the Whale and produced for the big club.
The lineups are always a good question, even when you're not bringing in new people, with Torts at the helm you never know what we're gonna see.
I expect a high compete level from Zucc. Even though he did pretty well last time around, I don't think that he thinks he got enough of a chance. Expect to see him come out to make an impression.
@TheNYRBlog hopefully torts uses a magic marker when writing down the hags-step-Nash line. It's killer
Newbury didn't really do anything to get bumped, but he doesn't kill penalties while Powe and Boyle both do. Pyatt needs to sit a few games. It's important to get Gaborik playing the right side or he'll never do anything
I'd prefer if zucc played with miller and gaborik and Callahan played with Richards and kreider. Gaborik would be able to play as a right wing and I thought he played well with miller. Each player would be in his natural position on the first three lines
@TheNYRBlog where do you think Fast fits in now that he can play in the NHL?
Hagelin - Stepan - Nash
Zuccarello - Richards - Gaborik
Callahan - Miller - Kreider
Asham (Powe) - Boyle - Newbury (Pyatt)
I liked the Boyle-Richards-Kreider line last night!! It seemed as though Richards felt protected or something. Anything to generate some offense!!
I agree that Fast should go directly to the Whale. he has never played at the level of the NHL and never even in North America, so he needs to learn the N/A game. The staff in CT can help him adjust and if he does well he can be recalled if there is an injury. If not he can play down there as long as possible and be in a better position, understanding what he needs to do come camp next year. As for MZA, I agree that he shouldn't be on the 4th line, But at the same time, the reason that one line worked was partly due to Boyle's size. I think it gives Kreider the confidence to go and play with a little edge like he did last night. If not Boyle you need a bigger guy who has dropped them on D....I am not sure if Kreider players as hard if he has to be the biggest guy on the ice.
Really... I don't get the Zucarello signing. I think fast would fit a lot better on that third line with Richards and Kreider. Mainly because he is bigger and I have more faith in his ability to work the walls as well as score. Another thing is it will be interesting to see who the odd men out are right now. We have asham, powe, newbury, pyatt, Boyle, Zucarello, fast, and Boyle for 4 spots... I hope it's not newbury or asham, they have added another dimension to our 4th line. Newbury has been phenomenal down there... I would like to see pyatt and powe out, and then if rather have fast but I can't see them not trying zucarello
@Beckfan5 Or takes a stupid penalty!
all of the regulars have seen this, horrible music and all ...
let him get used to the smaller rink and learn the Rangers' system with the Whale and then we'll see what he can do
@jtf1218 can't have a rookie in Miller and an undersized Zucc out there making up for Gabby defensively otherwise I agree with your top 6 Step and Hags have took the bull by the horns so proud of those 2
Not bad ...
@slapshot13j Fast???? The guy needs to play in North America first to get used to the smaller rinks. With that said, I do like your lines though. Prob sub Zucc for Fast though
@slapshot13j Couldn't agree with you more regarding Asham and Newbury. Cannot quantify the grit and energy a 4th line of Newbury and Asham brings. It's what they've lacked since losing Prust.
@slapshot13j Like i said above....Fast has never played in North America...he will need time to adjust and it should not be done at the NHL level. Zucc has played and has been effective at the NHL level and in N/A so he is the logical addition right now. You want Pyatt and Powe both out...well you better hope everyone else steps up on the PK...both get that duty, and both are good at it...Powe was out last night and it didn't hurt, I would site Pyatt as well, but only a slight edge over Newbury because he won a lot of draws....but that is the only reason.
@TheNYRBlog makes sence, would be nice if they kept Newbury up to play with boyle and asham, gives us some toughness
@YinzerinCT Not exactly how the Rangers drew it up in training camp.
@YinzerinCT third could be second, but I would say second and third get equal ice time, and the first gets extended. Hopefully it is 2a and 2b, and not 2 and 3
@TheNYRBlog I guess he can look at him there. In sure he will have to adjust to the smaller rink too.
@Rangerfan41 I don't agree I think a lot of people hate on the SEL... If the kid can play he can play. There is one thing you can't teach and that is size, a team like Boston would manhandle zuccs. As for the pk, pyatt doesn't get any pk time, and it is the only thing powe does for the team.... I would rather have someone that can score.
Yeah, Boyle has never been a tough guy. Torts has got some of that out of him but it was never his game. Miller has been adjusting nicely and his faceoff numbers are well up. Powe is not only effective on the PK but, given his skating ability, constantly pressures the puck. He's a great 4th liner. Pyatt's the first to go. After that, Boyle deserves another benching if only to light a fire under him.
I'd be glad to have him. Most people know he's more than just a tough guy, but he does play a rough game. Nobody at age 31 has many years left, and given the rough style of play, maybe even fewer years, but hey, look at Asham. He's hanging around at 34.
@AG_Blue I'm no fan of Pyatt or Boyle. I can stomach Powe b/c he consistently plays hard and is an effective PK. Out of 3, I'd sit Powe for Newbury. If I had to sit someone for Zucc it would be Pyatt. Don't think we can sit Boyle even though I can't stand him. He's an effective PK and is proving to be quite effective with faceoffs. Just wish his physical game was more consistent and he could drop the gloves. 6'7 245 should be able to pummel people
@AG_Blue I'm fine with Newbury's age. Do I expect him to post those numbers on the NHL level? No until proven otherwise. My point is that Newbury is cast by some as just a fighter with no skill. They guy has some skill and adds that grit and agitating style this team sorely lacks.
Loved him vs. the Capitals. I sure hope to see more of him this season. There's a couple guys I could sit to bring Newbury in.
@AG_Blue I firmly believe one of the things this team was lacking is that player capable to sparking his team when needed with a fight, grit, energy. They lost a lot of those qualities when they lost Prust, Dubi, Rupp. Newbury on the 4th line at the NHL is perfect for this team.
... actually, those Newbury numbers aren't quite consistent with the Rangers site, but close enough. Also note that Newbury is 31 years old -- a veritable veteran who never quite broke through.
So if Zucc played the whole season with the Whale and stayed on pace he would have been 2 points ahead of Newbury.
I'm a big Newbury fan. He seems to be an AHL lifer. He always looks a little better up here (especially of late) but just hasn't been able to break through). He is a big leader for our CT club, but I'm glad anytime he gets the call up.
@AG_Blue And Newbury had 18g 38a 56pts in 62 games with the Whale. Why exactly would you play Zucc over him? Now ... If you tell me they are benching Pyatt for Zucc I'll be ok with that but I just don't think that's going to happen.
Honestly, I'm not sure I do either, but the kid has done pretty well. Again, obviously it's about more than points, and all the other guys I mention -- who scored less than Zucc -- bring other things. Zucc doesn't have a lot of those other things to bring. His shootout prowess is the main extra skill he brings to the table. We can only hope that he can build on what he's done here before and increase that point total. If he does that, it could very well be a worthwhile contribution.
Clarification: it was actually only 42 games that Zucc played and he had 23 points. Even better. Meanwhile, in 36 games with the Whale, he had 29 points.
Still there, @TruBluEsp ?
Looking at last year's roster, 26 points was 6 more than Feds, 9 more than Prust, 10 more than Mitchell, and good enough for 12th on the team, and all those guys played more games. These examples remind you that it's more than just points, but that is the main thing we'll hope for from Zucc.
Have you seen Zucc play? For a small guy, he doesn't get pushed around at all. Fast is not a big guy, and his toughness remains to be seen.
More importantly, Zucc has played in the NHL, with this team, knows Torts and the system, and has produced at this level.
It's a no brainer...
Bring in the Hobbit!
@slapshot13j @Rangerfan41 my bad...for some reason I thought Pyatt was getting PK time. As for the SEL, I don't hate on it at all...I feel its the 2nd or 3rd best league in the world. Its the adjustment to ice size... just about every player has said that it took time to adjust, and they do most of that adjusting during camp...I am not saying he should be banished to never be called up (and he may be going back to play in the worlds anyway) but that the Rangers don't need a guy adjusting while they are hanging onto a playoff spot. If he played hard and does well in CT than by all means, call him up. But its better to see if he struggles at all there rather than the NHL.