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Report: Zuccarello out of KHL deal, will join Rangers


It shouldn’t be long now before Mats Zuccarello rejoins the New York Rangers.

The 25-year-old Norwegian forward has been released by his KHL team, according to an ESPN source. That clears the way for Zuccarello to return to the NHL after recently agreeing to terms with the Rangers.

Zuccarello is an unimposing 5-foot-7, but he should boost the Rangers offensively after putting up point-per-game numbers in the AHL last season and 28 points in 44 KHL games in 2012-13.

“There’s no secret we need to score more goals,” Rangers captain Ryan Callahan said. “Bringing a guy in that can create offense definitely will help the team.”

In fact, the Rangers are the second-worst team in the league with an average of 2.26 goals per game.

Zuccarello will earn a prorated $700,000, according to the New York Posts’ Larry Brooks. The deal will expire this summer.

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

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With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?