Saturday, February 23, 2019

NHL Trade Review: Rangers trade Zuccarello to Stars

From NYPost


              The Dallas Stars have acquired forward Mats Zuccarello from the New York Rangers in exchange for a conditional 2019 2nd round pick and a conditional 2020 third round pick. If the Stars win two rounds in the playoffs this year, the 2nd becomes a first. If Zuccarello re-signs in Dallas, the 3rd becomes a first. Also, New York retains 30% of Zuccarello's contract.

               Zuccarello is a small, speedy winger who can put up points and improve the Stars' top six. Zuccarello also plays on the powerplay, and has a good track record. The price is either very light or very steep, depending on if the conditions kick in. If they do, Dallas gets fleeced.

               Zuccarello, 31, has scored 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points in 46 games for the Rangers this year. The best year of his career came in 2015-16, when he scored 26 goals with 35 assists for 61 points in 81 games. In his career, all for New York, Zuccarello has scored 113 goals and 239 assists for 352 points in 509 games.

                Like I mentioned before, this trade all depends on whether the conditions kick in. This is an amazing trade for the Rangers if they do. If they don't it's still average, but pales in comparison to trades made recently with the boosted trade market. Now the Rangers will focus on trading Adam McQuaid, and more importantly, Kevin Hayes.

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