1/17/19 | Elliotte Friedman wrote at Sportsnet that it’s believed Edmonton has checked in on Zuccarello and that the Rangers are likely looking for the same type of return that they got for Michael Grabner. (Sportsnet)
Larry Brooks writes that in addition to Edmonton, Carolina is also believed to have interest in Zuccarello. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that there have not been any talks about a possible contract extension for Zuccarello. (NY Post)
1/11/19 | Pending UFA Mats Zuccarello has 4 goals and 11 assists this season in 30 games.
Zuccarello, who is expected to be traded by the deadline, told Larry Brooks recently that his situation has impacted his on-ice performance. (NY Post)
He said that the last few weeks have been emotional for him and said “I have been here for nine years, and I am human.” (NY Post)
Zuccarello added, “I know I have a job to do, and I am going to do my best for as long as I’m here. I don’t want to let anyone down.” (NY Post)
Pierre LeBrun writes in The Athletic that the Avs could be a fit for Zuccarello and notes that Colorado has Ottawa’s third round pick to potentially offer.
Adam Rotter: At this point it’s just a matter of when Zuccarello gets traded and how close it is to the actual deadline. He’s a rental but he has a ton of experience and can be a difference maker offensively, especially on the PP. I think the Rangers best bet with Zuccarello may be to send him to a team willing to offer up a conditional pick or two that increases in value based upon how far the team goes. At the very least the Rangers will get a third-round pick for Zuccarello, maybe a late second, but in a crowded market with a lot of underachieving teams, he may not fetch all that much more.