The New York Rangers have traded a fan favorite, Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a second-round pick and a third-round pick. The second round pick is in 2019 and the 3rd is in 2020. The second will become a first if Dallas wins two rounds of the playoffs, and the 3rd also becomes a first if the Stars re-sign Zuccarello. The Rangers will retain 30% of Zuccarello’s salary.
In Zuccarello, the Stars get a top offensive contributor with a fiery passion that’s triple his size. This season he scored 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points in 46 games.
Zuccarello joined the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in the 2010-11 season. Over his eight-year NHL career, the 30-year-old has put up 113 goals and 239 assists for 352 career points in 509 career games.
“He’s gonna bring some more scoring, he’s an offensive player, so he’s going to bring some offensive capabilities to us,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “He’s an energetic player, real puck chaser and just plays the game the right way.
Zuccarello is projected to play on a line with Jamie Benn and Roope Hintz against the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Dallas acquired defenceman Ben Lovejoy in a trade with New Jersey.
This is an A-Grade move for the Dallas Stars