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Zuke to meet Rangers in Ottawa

Mats Zuccarello, who earlier this week agreed to terms on a one-year deal for the rest of the NHL season, will meet the Rangers in Ottawa on Wednesday, the team confirmed.

The Rangers face the Senators on Thursday night -- the second stop on a three-game road trip that began with Tuesday's 5-2 win in Philadelphia -- although Zuccarello cannot skate or play until his release from the Kontinetal Hockey League becomes official. As of Wednesday morning, he had yet to receive his official release.

Zuccarello is flying directly to Ottawa from his native Norway.

Jesper Fast might be able to meet the team in Ottawa as well, though he remains in New York for the time being. Fast must undergo a physical Wednesday.

The 21-year-old winger has been granted a leave from the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation and it is believed he is under no restrictions should he remain with the Rangers and play in the NHL. Fast is a potential candidate for the World Championships in May, but will have to denounce his invitation to participate if he is to stay with the Rangers.

Neither Zuccarello nor Fast requires waivers to play.