Buzz: Contract talks with Mats Zuccarello are expected to start soon/may prevent him from World Championships

ZuccarelloContract talks with the Rangers and Mats Zuccarello are expected to start shortly after the Rangers season ends. (TV2)

It’s believed that Zuccarello’s contract talks could/would prevent him from playing for Norway at the World Championships. (TV2)

TV 2 Hockey Analyst Bjorn Ereveik says that Zuccarello wouldn’t play for Norway not because he doesn’t want to but because his agents don’t want him to risk injury and put himself at a disadvantage in contract talks. (TV2)

Norway coach Roy Johansen says that he can’t talk with Zuccarello about anything with the national team until his season with the Rangers ends. (VG)

Zuccarello won’t risk anything that impacts a chance at a “lucrative NHL contract” with the Rangers and negotiations on a new deal can start when the season ends. (VG)

Zuccarello is an RFA this summer and coming off a one-year contract worth $1.15 million.

The Rangers qualifying offer for Zuccarello will be $1.15 million.

Zuccarello signed a one-year deal with the Rangers after lowering their demands because they didn’t want to go to arbitration.

For more on Zuccarello’s contract talks from last year, CLICK HERE.