Having been one of the quietest teams within the last two weeks counting down to Monday, the New York Rangers joined in on the trade front in the later hours of Saturday evening, agreeing to trade Mats Zuccarello in a package deal to the Dallas Stars.
It all started on Saturday night when TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reported that things had really started to heat up on the New York Rangers front regarding Mats Zuccareollo, indicating that a trade was in the midst of being put together.
McKenzie would then go on to make mention of the fact that the Dallas Stars were making a strong push to acquire his services, though a deal was not done at that particular point in time.
With progress continuing to be made on a deal between the two organizations at that time, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger was next to follow up the initial report just ten minutes later, confirming that Zuccarello had just been dealt from the New York Rangers to the Dallas Stars.
Dreger would then go on to report that the Rangers would be receiving two conditional draft picks in exchange for Zuccarello, adding on a few minutes later that it would be a second and a third going from the Stars to the Rangers as a result of the trade.
Bob McKenzie then returned to fill in the missing details as the deal was being finalized by the two sides respectively, adding that while the deal was put in place for Zuccarello to head off to Dallas, it was pending a trade call to make it official, sending a pair of draft picks the other way in return.
McKenzie would bring the trade to wraps by reporting that the second round pick involved in the trade would become a first round pick if the Dallas Stars were to win two postseason rounds in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He would also add that the third becomes a first the Stars re-sign Zuccarello.
CapFriendly would then finish it off, correcting the report from Bob McKenzie, noting that 30 percent would not be enough to make the trade work. That in mind, they confirmed that the Stars had also placed Martin Hanzal on the LTIR, giving Dallas an additional $4.75 million to work with.
This was then followed up by a club announcement respectively to officially confirm the transaction, meanwhile, the Dallas Stars would then confirm the conditions involved with the draft picks at play from Dallas to New York.
With the deal now set in stone, it becomes the second acquisition for the Stars ahead of the deadline after having acquired Ben Lovejoy from the New Jersey Devils earlier in the day.
In a statement from Dallas general manager Jim Nill with regards to Zuccarello’s acquisition, he said, “He’s gonna bring some more scoring, he’s an offensive player, so he’s going to bring some offensive capabilities to us. He’s an energetic player, real puck chaser and just plays the game the right way.”
In taking a look at Zuccarello’s statistics for the 2018-19 regular season thus far, the 31-year-old native of Oslo, Norway has scored 11 goals to go alongside 26 assists, making for 37 points registered in 46 games played. He also adds 24 penalty minutes and a 11 Plus/Minus rating to his resume.
As for the entirety of his NHL career as a whole, the veteran left-winger has scored 113 goals to go alongside 239 assists, making for 352 points registered in a total of 509 games played. He also adds 215 penalty minutes and a Plus/Minus rating of 37 to his resume.
Zuccarello was originally signed by the New York Rangers as a free agent back in 2010 and has since spent the last eight years as a leading member of the organization.
In taking a look at what the Stars get from the Rangers as a result of this trade, they receive a strong, offensive winger with plenty of capability to score from all angles, meanwhile, Dallas receives two high-end picks that can provide a helping hand in the building of their future.
At this time, Zuccarello is in his third of a four-year contract extension which he signed with the New York Rangers back in March of 2015. Speaking of which, the Rangers currently sit in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division.
As for the Stars, they currently sit in fourth place in the Central Division and are looking to make a statement en route to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Zuccarello has been one of the Rangers’ bigger targets as of late while other players currently drawing interest include Kris Kreider and Kevin Hayes.
Zuccarello was scheduled to make his debut with Dallas on Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks, but after having recorded a pair of points, he left the game early as a precaution due to injury.
At this time, Zuccarello is headed back to Dallas for evaluation, but as noted by the team, the early assessment is that he is expected to miss at least the next four weeks to recover.
After having beaten the Chicago Blackhawks by a final score of 4-3 on Sunday, the Dallas Stars will return to action on Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena as they pay a visit to the Vegas Golden Knights at 10:00pmET. The game can be seen on Sportsnet, Fox Sports Southwest and AT&T SportsNet, meanwhile, it can be heard on KTCK 1310 AM.