Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Rangers Add Norwegian Sniper

Don't really have enough Rangers news on here most times, but I thought this might be something to consider. On Wednesday, the Rangers signed the leading scorer from the Swedish Elite League in 2010, Mats Zuccarello Aasen, a Norwegian winger. Aasen, 22, is a smaller winger, standing only at 5'9" and is listed at 170 lbs., but his numbers in Sweden were very impressive, so he might have some room to grow in the NHL.  The Rangers signed him to a 2-year entry-level deal, so their cap hit won't have to suffer if they need him to go into the minors or get loaned back to Europe, so it's definitely a chance worth taking.

Aasen was also an Olympian for Norway in Vancouver and also represented his country at the World Championships.  Whether or not he'll be effective in the smaller ice and the bigger bodied league like the NHL, remains to be seen.

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