Mats Zuccarello Brain Contusion
Kreider said that Zuccarello, "bounced back in pretty incredible fashion."(NYR)
Vigneault said that Zuccarello was making "real good strides" during the playoffs and that the team doctors did a "great job" helping him recover. (NHL.com)
Hagelin said that after first seeing Zuccarello "we had to go back out in the hallway and cry a little" before pulling themselves together and going back into the room.? (VG)
Hagelin said that Zuccarello couldn't speak but was all there mentally with different appliances and wires around him. (VG)
Zuccarello said that his mother didn't know how bad it was when she got to the ICU in the hospital that night. (VG)
Zuccarello said that he got a lump in his throat and "almost started to cry" when he first saw his mom and that she tried to "be strong" but had to retreat to the bathroom to get herself together.? (VG)
7:13AM: Mats Zuccarello's Norwegian manager says that Zuccarello will play next week in a charity game that he organized. (TV2)
Zuccarello said himself that he will play. (TV2)
Brassard said "you need all of your people and he is one of our top players and I think that we just need him to get healthy this summer and come back stronger next year."(NYR)
He added, "I saw him the day after the incident at the hospital and it wasn?t easy and at the same time he was taken care of by our doctors and they did a good job and it was too bad that he couldn?t play in the conference final and we just need him to take this summer and make sure that he will be 100% for next season."
He said that the Rangers knew that if they lost any of their top-six forwards it would be difficult to score and the team had to do a lot of shuffling to make the lines work.
Vigneault added that you hope that when guys get hurt it won't be for a while and that "In Mats' case it was for the remainder of the season but we kept him around the team. He is well liked and respected and kept our fingers crossed that maybe we would have the opportunity to play with him in the final but we didn't get to that."
- He said that it went from being really bad to being better quickly and that as of now the one thing that bothers him the most is talking. (TV2)
- He said that he is not 100% yet but as the blood went off of his brain he felt better and could speak more.
- He said that he couldn't talk when he returned to the locker room after being hit and realized when he got to the hospital that it was much more serious. (TV2)
- He said that he expects to play in his charity All-Star game on June 19th. (TV2)
- He will be able to train again with weights in a few weeks. (TV2)
Anderson said that the Rangers discovered the damage to Zuccarello quickly and started taking the proper steps.
6/1/15 | 3:25PM: Mats Zuccarello met with the media for the first time since taking a puck to the head in Game 5 of the series against the Penguins and said (NYR)
He has not healed just yet but is expected to make a full recovery. (Zipay)
He said that he should be ready for training camp. (Cyrgalis)
Zuccarello skated briefly yesterday at Rangers practice. He will not play tonight in Game 7.
Alain Vigneault jokingly said yesterday that Zuccarello was "flying out there" and "getting close" before saying that he was still "day to day."
11:51AM: Mats Zuccarello is on the ice today before Rangers practice but in a yellow non-contact jersey. (NYR)
Zuccarello took part at the end of the Rangers morning skate on Tuesday.
Brassard responded by saying, "No, not really. I was just playing there with Marty and Zuc came on the ice with a big smile, and I think that actually kind of helped me to have a smile on my face a little bit. I wasn't working on anything. I was just playing there." (ASAP Sports)
Zuccarello jumped on the ice yesterday at the end of the Rangers morning skate. Zuccarello has not yet been cleared for contact.
2:07PM: Alain Vigneault said today of Zuccarello, "day-to-day, and he's getting better."
12:44PM: Alain Vigneault says that Zuccarello won't play tonight and that there is no change in his status. (Gulitti)
7:05AM: Derek Stepan said that the Rangers are missing Zuccarello but it's a team game and they need to try to win without him. (VG)
5/24/15 | 12:08PM: Alain Vigneault said today (via ASAP Sports):
"Like I've done throughout my time here, regular season and playoffs, I work with the players that are available. I don't worry about the ones that are not. I just love having Zuc around because he smiles a lot, but other than that I'm not thinking about him. He's not ready to play." (via the NHL)
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5/15/15 | 1:38PM: Alain Vigneault said that Zuccarello is doing everything but skating. (NYR)
9:19AM: Pierre McGuire said on Boomer and Carton that if the series goes deep "maybe" Zuccarello could play but not early in the series. (WFAN)
Carl Hagelin said after the game that it's great to have Zuccarello around and that he is a great person. Hagelin added that if Zuccarello can have a smile on his face, "everyone should be able to." (NY Post)
Dan Girardi said that it's "great" to see Zuccarello around and that he is always keeping everything light. He said that the team had seen Zucc before Friday but it was nice to see him feeling good and being out with the team. (Ranger Rants)
He said that Zuccarello has no timeline for a return and that he suffered a "sharp" concussion.? (VG)
Zuccarello is taking things slow and "one step at a time." (VG)
Asked what specifically what the Rangers miss about Zuccarello, Brassard said his "passion" and that he is someone who shows up and competes every night, "we're missing that a lot, obviously." (North Jersey)
12:44PM: Mats Zuccarello will not be available at all for the Rangers in their second round series against the Caps and the chance of him returning for a potential Eastern Conference Final or Stanley Cup final are "in doubt." (NY Post)
Vigneault was then asked if he didn't expect to see Zuccarello for the series against the Caps and said, "I wouldn't say that. I would just say that he is out indefinitely at this time."
Zuccarello took a puck to the head on Friday in game five and was ruled to be out indefinitely on Monday.
Pierre said, "I was doing the game and saw the play and knew right away he was in trouble and reported it on air. The puck came with serious velocity and hit him clean, it never stopped or touched anything before it hit him. I know he was reaching for his face as he was going off the ice and that isn't a good sign."
2:03PM: Zuccarello spent at least one of the past two nights in the hospital. (NY Post)
Hagelin said that he and Derick Brassard were talking about how they felt bad Zuccarello couldn't be there at the end and that the game winning goal was for him. He said that he hopes to see Zuccarello in the next game. (VG) (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello took a puck to the side of the head in the first period and did not return. Alain Vigneault didn't have much of an update after the game.