That's according to a report from Damien Cox in Toronto.
Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, 22, a free agent who played for Modo in Sweden and also for Norway in Vancouver, supposedly was down to the Leafs and Rangers. We reported weeks ago that he had spoken to Glen Sather. Mats is a 5-foot-7, 160 pound center/left wing who led Swedish League in scoring.
Trying to confirm....
UPDATE ...Rangers have been seriously interested for weeks, as we reported back then. My sense is that they are close and had been awaiting some decision on his part, but no numbers/deal has been finalized. An NYR source said this evening "not completed yet."
MZA is smaller than Brian Gionta, but the book on him is that he is an incredibly speedy playmaker, not a huge shot but can play the point on the power play. A call to his agent was not returned.