After a great 5-1 win Saturday, February 14, 2015 over the Arizona Coyotes for the New York Rangers, a streak for Mats Zuccarello ended. He had his career high point streak put to a stop. In the last 7 games, prior to Saturday’s game, Zuccarello had 9 points; 4 goals and 5 assists. Zuccarello is currently a +17, which is pretty much awesome, for lack of better term.
Zuccarello plays alongside top league scorer, Rick Nash and line mate Derick Brassard. This is by far our biggest producing line and the three guys together have really been unstoppable. Here my praises for Zuccarello will commence. Most of my readers know that I am a HUGE Zuccarello fan, which many of you Blueshirt fans are. The guy is liked around the league; just listening to those “Zuccccccc” chants on this past road trip has to be such a cool feeling for this little Norwegian. He is a star and he is the hottest player on our team currently, which brings me to my next point.
He needs to be signed. Talks about contract negotiations with the New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have been minimal and few and far in between. I hope the deafening silence is not a bad sign. I would hate to see such a valuable and liked player leave. Is he the biggest? The top-scorer? The enforcer? No, but he is the heart and soul of this team and it shows game in and game out. Being fortune and attending as many games as I do, the one thing I always pick up on during warm-ups are the first guys on the ice and the last guys off. And what I have come to notice over the past few seasons is Zuccarello is generally the first on and the last off. There are some games where he will stay out a few extra minutes with St. Louis and continue to practice shooting. This alone shows the dedication he has to this sport and team. I can only imagine the type of hard worker he is during team practices and off the ice.
He’s a leader. He’s a well-liked guy and he is a great member of the New York Rangers. I really hope that our general manager Glen Sather sees that and is willing to make Zuccarello a deserving offer that will keep him here. I just don’t see how you could let a guy like Mats Zuccarello walk away from your organization. Now, that doesn’t mean that I don’t understand that there is a business behind the sport. I am fully aware that both parties need to agree, I am just a hopeful fan that this deal gets done.