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Sources: Verbal deal with Mats Zuccarello

The Hobbit is close to returning.

I'm told that the two sides have verbally agreed to a $$$ figure, but papers have to be signed today and clearance from the KHL, where the Norwegian forward has an out in his two-year contract, needs to be finalized. So it's down to paperwork.

Zuccarello is Rangers property and does not have to clear waivers; pehaps he can join team on road trip, which begins Tuesday in Philadelphia, continues in Ottawa and Montreal.

He had 28 points in 44 KHL games wiht Mettalurg Magnitogorsk and two goals, four points in seven playoff games.

Hearing another piece will shift, possible waivers or a trade for a draft pick...Working on it

Practice today at 11:30. May know more on J.T. MIller's status (wrist). Blueshirts could've used him last night, too.

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