The New York Rangers have traded forward Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars for a conditional 2019 2nd round pick and a conditional 2020 3rd round pick.
Bob McKenzie: The 2nd round pick becomes a 1st round pick if the Stars win two rounds. The 3rd round pick becomes a 1st if the Stars re-sign Zuccarello.
The 31-year old Zuccarello was undrafted and signed by the Rangers.
Bob McKenzie: The New York Rangers are retaining 30 percent of Zuccarello’s salary.
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#Stars have also placed Martin Hanzal on LTIR, which gave them an additional $4.75M to work with.”
Larry Brooks: “You can argue that Rangers should have extended Zuccarello rather than trade him for this return. Of course it would have taken both sides to agree to new deal. But it is foolish to suggest they were fleeced/hosed. Do you think they had better offers and rejected them?”
James O’Brien: “The Dallas Stars do at least one thing EXTREMELY right under Jim Nill: big trades. I *love* this for Dallas.”
Mats Zuccarello has been traded to the #GoStars. Zuccarello can play all situations and is a buzzsaw in the offensive zone, capable of retrieving pucks at a high rate and setting up teammates for offense. pic.twitter.com/eY27KX9Qun
— The Point (@ThePointHockey) February 24, 2019
— MoneyPuck.com (@MoneyPuckdotcom) February 24, 2019
DAL gets Zuccarello
NYR gets 2nd + 3rd (w/ conditions)
Zucc’s been really good this yr, especially lately, and mid-round picks are only long shots anyway. I don’t know /why/ DAL thinks they’re a contender but they paid a good price for a good rental.https://t.co/Uv559Sw0Mp pic.twitter.com/jHvug3wUcc
— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) February 24, 2019