Rangers land star

New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen , a native of Norway who played in both the 2010 Winter Olympics and World Hockey Championship.

Marian Hossa's third consecutive Stanley Cup finals is no accident

Courting of Marian Hossa began in Dale Tallon’s Montreal hotel room at last June’s draft. It was there that the Tallon, then general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, met seriously with agent Ritch Winter for the first time. It was there he let Winter know just how interested he was in signing Hossa .

Habs on right path, GM says

Gauthier’s plan: ‘We want to keep a good part of the core’

By HERB ZURKOWSKY, The Gazette May

“I think we have tangible evidence that we’re moving in the right direction,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier (front) during a news conference Tuesday with head coach Jacques Martin at the team’s practice facility in Brossard

Marleau to Toronto makes sense

JEFF BLAIR

Go ahead: buy your Patrick Marleau Toronto Maple Leafs jerseys.

Let’s cut all the garbage: Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke said last week that he wanted to add a first line winger with some muscle and scoring touch. This isn’t “moving heaven and earth” to get John Tavares . The draft was too big a puzzle to pull that off.

But throwing money at a guy? Burke can do that better than anybody and remember: for better or worse he usually does what he says he’ll do.

A free-agency update

Rob Rossi

Penguins GM RAY SHERO resumed his normal routine this week after dealing last week with the death of his mother. He has about a six-week window to negotiate with any of the Penguins’ potential free agents.

A reminder: the free-agent season opens July 1.