Buzz: Mats Zuccarello on his future and a potential long-term deal

Mats Zuccarello said that he would taken a long-term contract from the Rangers if it was on the terms that he wanted but that didn’t happen and for right now the best fit is a one-year deal. (VG)

Zuccarello said that the one-year deal had been done for a while but it was good to finally get it on paper. He adds, “I am happy” with the deal. (VG)

He adds that he has gotten indications from the Rangers that they are interested in a long-term deal but now it’s up to him to decide what will happen since he can be a free agent after the season. (VG)

Zuccarello said that the Rangers are his first choice but a deal must work for both sides. (VG)

He adds that he has proven he can play in the NHL. (VG)

News: Assistant coach Daniel Lacroix joins Montreal

The Montreal Canadiens have hired Rangers assistant coach Daniel Lacroix. (Habs)

Lacroix joined the Rangers last summer.

He is replacing Gerard Gallant in Montreal after Gallant left to become head coach in Florida. (Erlendsson)

Lacroix watched the games from the press box to provide the “eye in the sky” view for Alain Vigneault. He also worked on pre-scouting, skill work and player development.

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Stats: Lee Stempniak’s PP, PK, ice time and stats

 Year/Stats Ice Time PP Time PK Time Hits
2005-06 (14g, 13a) 14:22 3:25  (5g,2a) :2 45  Corsi
2006-07 (27g, 25a) 14:43 3:11 (8g,11a) :10 64
2007-08 (13g, 25a) 15:53 2:41 (3g,7a) :37 103 49.2
2008-09 (14g, 30a) 16:32 2:49 (3g,10a) :16  (1a) 107 49.0
2009-10 (28g, 20a) 17:19 2:41 (9g,7a) 1:21 (1g) 87 55.6
2010-11 (19g, 19a) 15:15 1:49 (2g,4a) :1 124 49.2
2011-12 (14g, 14a) 16:14 1:51 (2g,3a) 1:24 55 52.3
2012-13 (9g, 23a) 17:54 1:41 (4g,2a) 1:55 (4a) 47 49.8
2013-14 (12g, 22a) 18:28 :22 :56 19 47.8

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Watch: Mats Zuccarello plays soccer/scores and makes awesome pass

Zucc110:24AM: Zuccarello said that he doesn’t think he is at the level of playing in the Premier League but did say that it was fun to play soccer for the first time in a while. (Nettavisen)

9:45AM: Mats Zuccarello took part in a charity soccer game in Norway today and former Norway coach Johan Semb said that Zuccarelllo could play in the Premier League. (VG)

Zuccarello had a goal and two assists in the game (VG) and said that he was lucky. (TV2)

Assist 1

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Recap: Henrik Lundqvist on why he wears #30 and other answers from a Q&A

Henrik LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist did a Q&A with Bauer today after a photo shoot. (Bauer Hockey on Twitter) 

In the Q&A, Lundqvist said that he wears #30 because that was the number issued to him when he joined the team and that #35, the number he wore in Sweden, has been retired by the Rangers.

Other things Lundqvist said included:

  • Hanging out with friends and family and going out for a nice dinner are his favorite things to do on off days in NYC.
  • His pregame meal is spaghetti and meat sauce.

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Buzz: Kevin Hayes is planning to become a free agent in August

The agent for Kevin Hayes indicated today that the Boston College senior is is likely going to wait until August 16th, when his rights with the Blackhawks expire, and become a free agent. (ESPN Chicago)

The Rangers are believed to be one of the teams interested in signing Hayes when he becomes a free agent.

He is 6-3, 205 and spent two seasons as a teammate of Chris Kreider at Boston College. Hayes had 27 goals and 38 assists this past season for BC and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award. (NY Post)

Scouts feel that Hayes could step into the NHL next season and then develop into a top-six forward who has quick feet and a knack for the net. (SI)

His max cap hit, per the CBA, would be $900,000 but he could be eligible for performance bonuses that would take effect on the cap the following season. (SI)

The Panthers, Avs and Predators, among others, are expected to heavily pursue Hayes.

Read: The moves the Rangers made in Glen Sather’s first summer as GM

SatherBelow are the moves that Rangers President and GM Glen Sather made in his first summer as GM after being hired on June 1, 2000. (Rangers 2013-14 Media Guide)

June 24, 2000 – 2000 second-round pick (Tomas Kopecky) to Detroit for 2000 second-round pick (Filip Novak) and 2000 third-round pick (Dominic Moore.)
June 25, 2000 – 2000 fourth-round pick Jon DiSalvatore to San Jose for 2000 fourth-round pick (Premsyl Duben) and 2000 compensatory fifth-round pick (Brandon Snee.)
July 10, 2000 – Vladimir Malakhov signed as free agent.

  • Malakhov played 211 games with the Rangers, 12 goals, 53 assists and an average of 21:25 per game. Traded to Philly in 2004 for Rick Kozak and a second round pick.

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Read: The Rangers and how they have handled free agency

RangersThe Rangers have been able to replace Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and Benoit Pouliot with “comparable free agents, at better prices.” (WSJ)

The players they lost were all but “goners” with other teams having more money to spend but the Rangers kept Dominic Moore and “replaced the lost players with new ones at the old prices.” (WSJ)

The loss of Brad Richards will put a lot more pressure on Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard until JT Miller and Oscar Lindberg are able to help. (WSJ)

The Rangers have been able to keep most of the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final together and with Henrik Lundqvist and Ryan McDonagh signed long-term they have “constructed a nucleus that is actually more capable of winning it all.” (WSJ)