Rangers Call Up Mats Zuccarello-Aasen; MDZ Scratched; Gaborik Injured?

December 22, 2010, by

Thanks to Joe Fortunato for breaking this one, via the AHL transaction log. Mats Zuccarello-Aasen has been called up by the Rangers for tomorrow’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. MZA has been on fire lately in Connecticut, which makes up for his very slow start. His line this year, which can be found on the right, is 30 GP, 13G, 10A, +4, and 90 SOG. That’s almost a point per game, so it looks like MZA has gotten himself fairly adjusted to the North American style of play.

Also, as per Jesse Spector, Marian Gaborik may be more seriously injured than initially thought:

MDZ out for #NYR, but MZA up: Mats Zuccarello recalled from Connecticut. Wonder if that’s a sign of how serious Gaborik’s groin issue is.

Gaborik initially hurt his groin during the Olympics last year, and was never the same player for the remainder of the season. He also separated his shoulder in the Rangers third game this season after a hit by Colby Armstrong. The shoulder issue aside as a fluke, the groin issue is a major concern. He had a lot of groin injuries in Minnesota, and although they appeared to be healed last season, they are coming back with a vengeance now.

From Spector’s tweet, it looks like Michael Del Zotto will be a healthy scratch for tomorrow’s game against Tampa Bay.


  1. Brian says:

    I fully recognize that Gaborik is a rare and extremely gifted player, but I would explore trade options for him at this point. This isn’t a knee-jerk reaction to him being injured by any means – we knew we were getting an injury prone player when we signed him but he more than makes up for it when he is healthy and on his game. He draws attention away from the other lines and opens up space on the powerplay. He also hasn’t had a center that would ideally complement his skill and help boost his ability as a constant scoring threat.

    But, would the Rangers really be that much worse off in the standings if we didn’t have him?

    When he isn’t scoring he tends to disappear and it’s difficult for me to picture him surviving a physical playoff series vs. one of our major foes such as Philly, Pitt, or the Caps. I see him as the type of player who’s far more effective during the regular season than during an intense playoff round. (Though this could probably be said for many players.)

    Just for arguments sake lets say we moved him to L.A. for a package of Brayden Schenn (or any top prospect that seems to fit Torts style) and another forward that could fit in right away. We most definately would lose out in terms of overall talent in any trade involving Gaborik but if we got back a player who is durable yet still has 25-30 goal potential I believe that it may be worth it.

    • Dave says:

      He simply can’t be traded with that contract. Maybe after next season, but you can’t trade your best player when you’re in a playoff race. It’s why the Stars won’t trade Richards.

  2. sved says:

    Somehow doubt that NYR are cup contenders w/ or w/o Gaborik 100% healthy for the full stretch run

    They lack too many elements

    Now the Kings w/o B. Schenn and 1 other skater that could work well for the kings since they have both elite goaltending that is ready to rise to the playoff challenge and elite Defensive depth mixed with 3 good attacking lines…Gaborik would mix with 1 of the remaining duos to make that 4 good attacking lines

    A cup contender should always be judged by the quality of its 3rd pair of blueliners and its 4th line of forwards which in this case would be strong regardless of which 1 skater they trade.

    Problem is a NTC combined with the fact that they already traded for Marco Sturm and the massive difference in cap hit $3.5 for about 25 goals from sturm or $7.5 for about 40 from Gaborik…that’s a huge cap commitment that might scare away even the most cap cushioned teams away. Maybe its time to return to the $5 million per star player Mark Messier days…that way only $25 million for the top 5 skaters on a team as opposed to the roughly 30 million that NYR has allotted now

  3. shelly says:

    Just a slight correction on the Zucarello stats – it is now 32GP 13G 11A.