Hartnett: Rangers’ Zuccarello Finally Has Chance To Make Good On Potential

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CBS New York

‘Rangers Inside And Out’
By Sean Hartnett
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The New York Rangers officially announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed terms with winger Mats Zuccarello.

Darren Dreger of TSN first reported that the contract is for one year at $1.15 million. By agreeing to terms, the 25-year-old Norwegian playmaker has avoided an arbitration hearing that was set for July 31.

Whether Zuccarello can put it all together over the course of a full 82-game season is a widely debated topic. Since making his NHL debut on December 23, 2010, Rangers fans have seen small flashes of Zuccarello’s brilliance.

Under previous head coach John Tortorella, Zuccarello split his first two professional seasons between AHL Connecticut and the Rangers. The diminutive 5-foot-7 winger was not ideally suited to Tortorella’s system, which emphasized physical play and defensive awareness — neither of which are Zuccarello’s strengths.

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