Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/10/14

SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Carlo Colaiacovo #28 of the St. Louis Blues lines up for a faceoff during their game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on December 3, 2009 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Extra East scouts not usually in LA for DET-LAK: BUF WPG MTL PIT TOR PHI NYR — Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) February 28, 2013 ...Datsyuk? Yeah right. Actually, D Carlo Colaiacovo is expected to return from a shoulder injury Sunday, which would put nine defensemen on the Red Wings roster. Rangers could be looking to sure up the blueline. Maybe a guy like Jonathan Ericsson, who's been in the league, has playoff experience and can play a physical game? However, he has one more year on his contract that pays him $3.25 million per. *** Meanwhile, Larry Brooks at the New York Post says that there is no update on the Rangers possible interest in Colorado's Ryan O'Reilly. However, Adam Dater at the Denver Post reports that the Rangers had scouts at the Colorado/Sharks game Tuesday night. ...as I've said, O'Reilly is a great talent, but I'm not convinced he's what this tam needs right now. No need to give up on young homegrown talent for a defensive, second line center. *** Yesterday, Adam posted about Glen Sather possibly reaching out to Mats Zuccarello regarding a return to the Rangers once his KHL season has commenced. Now, Pat Leonard of the Daily News is reporting that Zuccarello's representatives will be in New York today and available to speak with Rangers management. ...wow, could this really happen? Even after reading Sather's quote yesterday about his interest, I really didn't believe it was a possibility. But now with Zuccarello's reps in town, this actually might get serious. ...while I've made no secret of my doubts about Zuccarello's ability to succeed in the NHL, I do have to admit he gave the Rangers a huge boost on the power play towards the end of last year before breaking his wrist, doing what else, blocking a shot. So he could be an interesting option for the Rangers once his KHL season ends in April. Hell, he can't make the power play worse. ...if he does return, I've got to give him big props for sucking up his pride and re-joining a franchise that in many people's estimation didn't give him a fair chance. Assuming Zuccarello wouldn't re-sign a two-way contract, which might be a non-starter for Slats. *** In other European import news, Larry Brooks at the New York Post notes that Sather also said the Rangers would look at bringing over prospects Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fasth once their Swedish Elite League seasons end. Lindberg has 16g, 23a in 52 games, while Fasth has 18g,16a in 44 games. ...not really sure what Sather's plan would be with these two. The scouting reports from Europe on Lindberg and Fasth have been excellent, but I'm always skeptical about young European players making the jump directly to the NHL. If they're brought to North America, I'd much rather see them gaining valuable experience during the Whale's stretch run and hopefully the playoffs, rather than learning on the job while the Rangers are more than likely fighting for one of the final playoff spots. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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