The Rangers won’t find a better alternative than Zuccarello
Mats Zuccarello has proven he has NHL ability, even if he hasn’t proven he can score consistently over an 82 game season. However at this stage, whoever the Rangers employ for a scoring role on among the top nine wing positions they will be taking a calculated risk, especially when you look at the alternatives – viable or not – that are still available in free agency.
With a ten percent cushion on the cap over the summer, the Rangers shouldn’t be worrying about squeezing Zuccarello in because given the likely amount he’ll command he is worth the commitment and the Rangers will surely be able to move a half million or so if needed. When looking at alternatives it is pretty shocking what some players are rumoured to be commanding.
The Detroit Red Wings decided to go down the Alfredsson and Weiss route rather than keep Damien Brunner on board. A large part of that decision by Wings’ brass will have been about value for money a...