The rebuilding Rangers traded Mats Zuccarello, the Norwegian forward who became a fan favorite in New York, to the Dallas Stars on Saturday night for two conditional draft picks.
Zuccarello, 31, has accumulated 113 goals and 239 assists in 509 games with the Rangers, who signed him in May 2010 after the 5-foot-7 skater caught their attention at the Vancouver Olympics.
In return for Zuccarello, the Rangers received cheap nhl jerseys from china
a second-round pick in this June’s draft, and a third-round pick in 2020. The second-round pick will become a first-round selection if Dallas wins two playoff rounds this spring and Zuccarello plays half of the games in those two rounds. The 2020 draft pick will become a first-round selection if Zuccarello, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, signs a new contract with the Stars.
The Rangers must pay 30 percent of the remainder of Zuccarello’s $4.5 million salary for the rest of this season.
Zuccarello has led the Rangers in scoring each of the last three seasons, and has 11 goals and 26 assists in 46 games this season. He played his last game with the team on Thursday, a 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden.
“I have fun every time I play hockey. I have fun every time I am in this rink,” Zuccarello said in a quiet Rangers locker room after that game. “Whatever happens, happens.”