Rangers Trade Zuccarello to Stars
The New York Rangers trade right wing Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2019 and a conditional third-round pick in 2020.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the second-round pick becomes a first-rounder if the Stars win two playoff series while the third-rounder becomes a first-round pick if the Stars re-sign Zuccarello. The New York Post’s Larry Brooks reports the Rangers are also absorbing approximately 25 percent of Zuccarello’s $4.5-million annual cap hit.
(UPDATE: McKenzie reports it’s 30 percent).
Earlier this month, Stars GM Jim Nill acknowledged his club’s need for secondary scoring depth. Zuccarello, 32, should address that requirement. A proven playmaker, he’s reached or exceeded 49 points in each of the last five seasons.
After struggling at times through the opening half of 2018-19, the 31-year-old Norwegian has regained his scoring touch. With 11 goals and 37 points, he’s on pace to reach 50 points. He can skate on either wing and could slot into a first- or second-line role with the Stars.
As for the Rangers, the rebuild continues. Getting a second and a third for Zuccarello isn’t a bad haul, one that could improve if the Stars re-sign him or reach the 2019 Western Conference Finals.