Report: Zuccarello on brink of joining Rangers

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The New York Rangers appear to be close to getting a key reinforcement in their battle for a playoff spot.

25-year-old forward Mats Zuccarello has reached an agreement that would reunite him with the Rangers, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang and TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

The 5-foot-7 Norwegian still needs to be released from his KHL contract before he can return to the NHL, but he does have an out-clause in his deal with Magnitogorsk Metallurg. Barring a setback, the Rangers might get Zuccarello by this weekend.

It’s also worth noting that because Zuccarello was already on the Rangers’ RFA/reserve list, he won’t have to be exposed to waivers.

Zuccarello has eight goals and 26 points in 52 career NHL games. He was also roughly a point-per-game player in the AHL in 2011-12 and had 28 points in 44 KHL games this season.

Rangers prospect Jesper Fast might also be brought to New York after scoring 18 goals and 35 points in 47 Swedish Elite League games in 2012-13.