New York Rangers: Top 5 best free agent signings since 2010

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Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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Mats Zuccarello-

Before joining the Rangers in the summer of 2010, Mats Zuccarello played for Modo Hockey in the Swedish Elite League. Zuccarello signed a two year entry level contract, and began the 2010-2011 season with the Hartford Wolfpack.

Just three years later, Zuccarello played his first full season in the NHL and scored 19 goals with 40 assists. His breakout year proved to be no fluke, as Zuccarello is one of the most important forwards on the team to date.

The Rangers clearly felt the same way, and signed Zuccarello to a four year, $18 million dollar contract during the 2014-2015 season.

Not only is he a fan favorite, but he is an exceptional presence in the Rangers locker room. Zuccarello recently won the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, highlighting his determination on the ice.

Bringing in a natural playmaker and a great teammate is everything the Rangers could’ve dreamed for when they signed the undrafted Norwegian. At just 29 years old, Zuccarello is going to be a huge contributor for the Rangers for many years to come.