Rangers' Vigneault on Zuccarello: 'He's made a full recovery'

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports / USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault can breathe easier knowing he will have forward Mats Zuccarello back for the start of the season.

Zuccarello took a slap shot to the head by teammate Ryan McDonagh in Game 5 of the first round of the playoffs against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but has been cleared to return to the ice, according to Vigneault.

"I've heard he's 100 percent from our medical staff," Vigneault told NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "He's been cleared to skate and have contact. He's made a full recovery so we're very pleased about that. He's a big part of our team."

Zuccarello had 15 goals and 49 points in 78 games last season.

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Rangers' Vigneault on Zuccarello: 'He's made a full recovery'
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