Saturday, July 23, 2011

Rumor: Is Zuccarello Being Shopped?

A Swedish newspaper is reporting that the Rangers are actively shopping Mats Zuccarello.

Considering that his cap hit is $1.75M and he's unlikely to crack the top nine forwards in the Rangers lineup for the upcoming season it's really not that surprising if the report is true. However, I don't think that the newspaper has any actual knowledge at this point, it's just speculation about a move that seems fairly logical given the numbers and the chances of Zuccarello getting a significant amount of playing time in the NHL this season.

The article also states that Erik Christensen and Wojtek Wolski are potential players to be traded. At this point I'd be surprised if anyone traded for Wolski since I'm assuming GMs know that if the Rangers want to offload Wolski's contract they can buy him out. Once he's been bought out he would become a UFA and team's could offer him a much more cap friendly salary.

Christensen on the other hand who has another year left on his deal could be shopped, but realistically what would the return be? At this point I'd take a bag of dirty laundry for him. He's the most inconsistent player in the NHL in my opinion, showing up to play one shift every five games. Aside from his shootout skills I think he's pretty damn useless.

At this juncture I doubt there's a whole lot of interest in Zuccarello, Christensen or Wolski. The most likely to be an ex-Ranger by the time October rolls around is Woksi in my opinion, but only if Sather decides to buy out the remaining year of his contract. Then again, Sather has been known to pull of some trades that are nothing short of miraculous.

H/T HFBboards
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