After several days of getting paperwork finalized, the Rangers announced Thursday morning that forward Mats Zuccarello has signed with the team. He met the club in Ottawa and will take part in the morning skate scheduled for later Thursday morning at ScotiaBank Place.
Zuccarello, who had spent the previous two seasons in the Rangers organization, played with Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the KHL in 2012-13, though the Rangers retained his NHL rights. With Metallurg, Zuccarello scored 11 goals and totaled 28 points in 44 games this season, adding another two goals and four points in seven playoff games. In order for Zuccarello to rejoin the Blueshirts, Metallurg had to release him from his KHL contract once its season was over, which took several days.
Two years ago Zuccarello appeared in 42 games with the Rangers, scoring six goals and totaling 23 points. Last season he appeared in ten games at the NHL level, recording two goals and three points. The popular 25 year-old from Norway was playing his best hockey and sparking the Rangers with his play when he unfortunately suffered a broken wrist while blocking a shot in a March 23, 2012 contest against the Buffalo Sabres, an injury that sidelined him for the rest of the season and through the playoffs.
Known for his expertise in the shootout, Zuccarello is 5-for-10 in career shootout attempts in the National Hockey League.
Over the previous two seasons Zuccarello also appeared in 73 total games with the Connecticut Whale, scoring 25 goals and amassing 65 points.
Nicknamed "The Norwegian Hobbit", Zuccarello was named MVP of the Swedish Elite League in 2010 when he scored23 goals and totaled 64 points in 55 games while playing for MODO. He also played for Norway in the Winter Olympics that year, posting 1-2-3 numbers in four games.
We will have further coverage of Mats Zuccarello's return to the Rangers on BlueshirtsUnited.com throughout the day following the team's morning skate in Ottawa.