Update, 1:15 p.m.:
Zuccarello Aason on playing in the NHL per newyorkrangers.com...
"It's a big step up for me, because the level is much higher than what I'm used to," Zuccarello Aasen said of transitioning to a new style of hockey. "Of course, I'm going to need some time to get used to the smaller ice rink and everything around me and how the team plays, but I'm confident that I'm going to be able to do that as quickly as possible."
...while I've been down on the Hobbit, there's no denying the excitement generated by the move. It's nice to post on some meaningful Rangers news again.
The above link also has quotes from former Rangers Niklas Sundstrom and Markus Naslund.
Update, 12:56 p.m.:
Don't forget about Steve Zipay live chat at 1pm. Should be a lot of Hobbit talk. To participate click here.
Update, 12:44 p.m.:
Jim Cerny at newyorkrangers.com tweets that Zuccarello Aason has been coined "The Norwegian Hobbit".
...you think he'll be insulted?
Update, 12:41 p.m.:
This weekend Lary Brooks at the New York Post said the terms are a two-year deal believed worth the Entry Level base cap of $900,000.
Update, 12:35 p.m.:
Here is the official release per newyorkrangers.com.
Update, 12:30 p.m.:
Here's some video on Zuccarello Aason...
...still have my reservations, but there's no denying the talent is there.
New York Rangers tweet...
#NYR sign free agent Mats Zuccarello Aasen; Mats, 22, was Swedish Elite League's top scorer and MVP with 64 points in 55 games this year
...ok Mats prove me wrong.