Mar 22, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; Linesman Lonnie Cameron (74) escorts New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) to the penalty box during the first period of their game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Sources: Mats Zuccarello To Retire After This Season


Last season, New York Rangers fans nick-named scrappy winger Mats Zuccarello “The Hobbit”. The moniker came from his shorter than NHL average stature for a player and his uncanny resemblance to the characters created by JRR Tolkien who were brought to life, on-screen, by Peter Jackson. Zuccarello embraced the name and even started a hashtag on twitter.

 

Many fans weren’t overly impressed with the talent Zuccarello showed on the ice last season, while being bounced around by former head coach, John Tortorella. Zuccarello found himself playing in Europe and questioning himself and his future in the NHL, as reported by Pat Leonard.

Recent reports regarding the release date for “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” are saying the movie was pushed back. The idea is that additions to the film, featuring Zuccarello, can be shot and edited into the final cut. The movie is now set to première at Comic-Con in July 2015. That’s plenty of time for Zuccarello to finish the current season and move to New Zealand, where the movie sets are living towns.

After the contract negotiation difficulties and the arbitration request before this season

began, who could blame Zuccarello for wanting a season to prove everyone wrong before he moves on to bigger and better things? Hello Hollywood! He had to fight general manager, Glen Sather for his miniscule contract of 1.15omil for just one year. There’s such a tremendous upside to Zuccarello that losing him would be losing a vital part of the team. Remember this piece we ran back in December? The team already traded away Ryan Callahan this season, which brought many fans to tears. Zuccarello leaving may put some over the edge. Would you pay to see Zuccarello on the big screen? Would you flock to the theater in groups wearing your Rangers sweaters?

Luckily, you don’t really have to worry about it. Check your calendars, folks. Put your emotions back in check and remember, it’s April Fool’s Day. But you can still have some fun with your friends on this one.

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  • Pivot

    April fools? You scared the crap out of me. Make no mistake about it. Zuc has been a major reason the Rangers are where they are right now. He played 3rd line much of this season but that line scored like the top line. Making teams draw stronger competition against them and wearing down oppositions D. He was our top forward most of this season. To lose him and the valuable contract he has would be disastrous.

    • http://www.bluelinestation.com/ PuckDani

      I absolutely love Zucc! I couldn’t help not trying something. I must admit it was an idea given to me that I couldn’t resist. Who would expect it from me anyway? He is undoubtedly one of the top players on the team and deserves a good raise after this year; that’s why I wrote the piece I did back in December. He is far to vital of a cog in the machine to lose now!

      • Pivot

        Very true and I want to point something out in today’s NHL. If you look at the top teams in the NHL, the teams that’re contending for the Cup every year. The SJ, Bos, Chi, LA, & the Pens. They all have a large group that has played together for years. Many NY Rangers have been here a while and have played a lot of playoff games together. However, there’s been a lot of turnover the last 3-4 years. They have a good group here now and should make a concerted Effort to keep as many secondary depth players as possible. Zuc, Pouliot, Carcillo, Brassard have all earned new contracts in NY. They all have a spot in the locker room.

  • Patrick

    I think Sam should be played by Martin St.Louis!