UPDATE (James Wrabel):
Expanding on Zuccarello, if the Rangers do plan on signing him at some point this season, the new CBA may actually favor the team where in year's past it wouldn't have…
For example, if NYR decided to sign RFA Mats Zuccarello for stretch drive this season, he wouldn't require waivers to play this season.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 1, 2013
Players signed from Europe in the past would have to clear waivers before reaching their teams (See Evgeni Nabokov). A wrinkle in the new CBA gives teams who sign players off their RFA Reserve list an exemption from waivers.
- Important to keep in mind if/when the Rangers and Zuccarello talk contract. For the record, I wouldn't be against bringing back Zuke at the right price, especially if the power play continues to struggle. His vision and passing ability helped in his brief time last season before getting hurt.
ESPN.com reports that the Colorado Avalanche have matched the offer sheet that Ryan O'Reilly signed with the Calgary Flames yesterday.
The offer is reportedly for two years, $10 million.
…while O'Reilly is a very skilled player and would likely thrive in Tortorella's system, I'm happy to see the Rangers not end up getting him. No way he is worth $5 million per as well as possibly giving up some young talent to get him.
While O'Reilly still hasn't stepped foot on the ice this season, Derek Stepan, who was one of the players rumored to be traded for O'Reilly, continued his resurgence by doing this last night…
In other transaction news, Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record notes that despite reports that the Rangers are interested in bringing back Mats Zuccarello, the two sides have not spoken.
…obviously the Rangers interest is going to be driven upon how well they're doing. Also, with Zuccarello's KHL team in the playoffs he might not end up being available for a few weeks, so by then the Rangers could have ripped off 10 straight wins and have no need for the hobbit.