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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.