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06-01-2012, 01:41 PM
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Possibly, although it wouldnt serve any purpose. If they do give him a QO, i think they would retain his rights for the next 2 years (?), but he is signed for 2 years in the KHL.

Since the main reason for giving a QO is to "bar" other teams from signing the player, it would not serve any purpose at this point. Then again, they might just to have it on paper.

If i am to speculate, as i think the timing was a tad strange, i would imagine that he saw it as extremely likely that the Rangers would be giving him a QO that was also 2-way, and the likelihood of getting signed by someone else in the league was next to zero (due to the QO).

So he might have decided early that the KHL was his best bet for development and ice time. Just speculating *shrugs*
he could pull a radulov in the end of his contract with the KHL team if he gets a 2 year QO from the rangers and decide he wants to rejoin the rangers a week or 2 before the playoffs...which it would depend on how things are going and if the rangers want him to join that late, it would be smart for him if he can so he can basically prove he can (still) play in the NHL and get a contract with the rangers after the season or with another NHL team

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06-01-2012, 01:49 PM
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Confirmed with link (in Norwegian). He's off to Russia.

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06-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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That blows, disapointed in Mats.
I understand he wants to play (and make money), and he wont be doing that with NYR (or CT Whale), but I find it weird he signs so early.

Who knows, perhaps a NHL club pops up right after July 1st if NYR do not qualify him?

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06-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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This offseason is off to an absolutely wonderful start...

**** me.

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06-01-2012, 01:55 PM
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Pretty dumb of him to decide this on the day that it's announced that Gaborik will miss the beginning of next season. Zuccarello probably would have been given a legit shot to make the team and start the season with the big club at the very least.

Oh well, it's not the first time a player decided to play in the KHL for more money, and it probably won't be the last.

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06-01-2012, 01:57 PM
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I'm sorry to see him go, but happy he'll get a chance to play. It looked doubtful that he would ever hold down a regular shift with us.

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06-01-2012, 01:58 PM
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I bet that the rangers said we are going to give you a QO, but it will only be a two way deal...

he's young, he can spend 2 years in the KHL make a good amount then come back and play in the NHL afterwards if he so chooses

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06-01-2012, 01:59 PM
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This is a very sad day. Gutted. He should have given it another year. He was in before the injury. Go Rangers. He lost a Stanley Cup Trophy today.

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Confirmed with link (in Norwegian). He's off to Russia.

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06-01-2012, 02:14 PM
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Hmm, play in KHL on superior ice, make 3-4 million dollars after "tax" and probably end up as one of the top players in the league, or play dump and chase together with Rupp on the 4th line...?

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06-01-2012, 02:33 PM
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Magnitogorsk was mentioned in the Blacksmith Institute's 2006 survey of the world's worst polluted cities, placed in the report's unranked list of the 25 most polluted places outside the top ten. Pollutants include lead, sulfur dioxide, heavy metals and other air pollutants. According to the local hospital, only 1% of all children living in the city are in good health. The Blacksmith Institute says that, according to a local newspaper report, "only 28% of infants born in 1992 were healthy, and only 27% had healthy mothers
Hope he is not planning to start a family the next two years!

Oh and btw, I am not saying the leauge is inferior. Its just a different type of game.
I am however saying Russia is inferior, and I cannot believe he choose to move there. Money or no money.

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06-01-2012, 02:33 PM
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He was gone when he spoke on Monday. He wasn't staying here on a 2 way deal especially when there is a very good chance the first few months of the season won't be played with the NHL locking the players out.

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Kind of sad to see MZA go, I liked the novelty of having the undersized Norwegian/Italian guy around and he actually put up some points last year and did really well in the AHL this season (36 points in 37 games).

Sad to see a guy with some offensive skill leave the organization but I guess he didn't fit the mold of what Torts was looking for.

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Hmm, play in KHL on superior ice, make 3-4 million dollars after "tax" and probably end up as one of the top players in the league, or play dump and chase together with Rupp on the 4th line...?
I'd choose that as well. He isn't good enough to play good minutes in the NHL, but he is good enough to do that in the KHL.

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06-01-2012, 02:39 PM
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It was a decent attempt to add offense. I thought he deserved a top-9 role.

He's the kinda guy who will go to the isles and score 60 points.
yes, he had Piles written all over him I thought.

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Hope he is not planning to start a family the next two years!

Oh and btw, I am not saying the leauge is inferior. Its just a different type of game.
I am however saying Russia is inferior, and I cannot believe he choose to move there. Money or no money.
Hockey is at least popular in Russia. Unlike USA where it's a niche sport.

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06-01-2012, 02:41 PM
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gonna miss this kid. glad he gets to play.

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Frankly, he is little and not physical enough to be versatile across multiple lines. I'd rather let someone else get an opportunity to make the team that isn't so one dimensional. Yes, our team lacks scoring depth. We have too many grinders. But giving a spot to Zuc who only can be utilized in 1 role to be successful is less than ideal. Especially if he underperforms and cannot be successful as a 3rd or 4th liner. Let someone like a Yogan, or Hrivik, or a Fast, or JT Miller potentially play for the role and provide greater balance across all facets of the game.

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I'd choose that as well. He isn't good enough to play good minutes in the NHL, but he is good enough to do that in the KHL.
I'd put my money on him playing a couple of years there, getting his money, then coming back to the NHL.

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I'd choose that as well. He isn't good enough to play good minutes in the NHL, but he is good enough to do that in the KHL.
He'll also be good enough to play for a norwegian national team that does better than USA in international tournaments, despite having zero NHL players.

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He'll also be good enough to play for a norwegian national team that does better than USA in international tournaments, despite having zero NHL players.
Yeah! Like when Norway won the silver medal at the Olympics in 2010!

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Hope he is not planning to start a family the next two years!

Oh and btw, I am not saying the leauge is inferior. Its just a different type of game.
I am however saying Russia is inferior, and I cannot believe he choose to move there. Money or no money.
heh, must explain why Magnitogorsk native, Evgeni Malkin, is a fricken hockey mutant of some sorts!

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06-01-2012, 02:45 PM
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Well atleast he could potentially save tons on mail order brides!
Only domestic stamps needed lol

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heh, must explain why Magnitogorsk native, Evgeni Malkin, is a fricken hockey mutant of some sorts!
guy looks like that fish out of The Simpsons haha

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He'll also be good enough to play for a norwegian national team that does better than USA in international tournaments, despite having zero NHL players.
All time international records say otherwise.

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