Will the "Zucc" be back? (3/25: Agrees to terms)
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08-27-2012, 08:39 AM
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I look at MZA as a 3rd line PP specialist.
I think he would fit well with Boyle and Hagelin and could make the Rangers 3rd line pretty dangerous.
Playing 3rd line minutes and PP could be a decent combination.
The defensive issues he may have would be covered by 2 of our better defensive players in Hags and Boyle.
His playmaking skills may help Boyle get to and stay in the mid to high teens in goals.
If there were designs in getting Nash, retaining MZA would have been my preference over signing Pyatt or Halpern for that matter.
Even the one way deal is not an issue. Signing a 2-way contracts does not effect the waiver issue. Just the actual salary so a 1 way deal for MZA is not an issue for me.
Defence can be taught, what skills he brought to the team cannot and we don't have enough skill on the bottom 6
What you really wonder is how he would do next to a Malkin, E Staal, Ryan Getzlaf, Mikko Koivu, Thornton, or someone like that. A big strong center, who spends alot of time in the attacking zone.
Zucc is very good at getting pts on the board. He wasn't very effective at burying the puck for us in the NHL, but he is also pretty good. But his passing is of course spectacular at times.
Who knows how many pts he could score next to a Malkin or someone like that if he developed great chemistry with that center. I definitely don't think its a reach to speculate that he could get 80 pts even in a perfect year.
At the same time, whilst mentioning those type of numbers, we should also acknowledge his weakness. Because he is not great in many areas. He doesn't cover a ton of ice, and he is really weak when he is forced to go into physical battles. GM's would of course have thrown themselves after him if that wasn't the case. But I definitely think he has potential to really hit it off to with the right center...
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