8:27PM: Zuccarello is in line for a “massive arbitration” pay hike and he would become eligible for UFA status in 2015 if he goes through arbitration. (NY Post)
4:37PM: Mats Zuccarello tells Norway Newspaper Nettavisen that his agents and Glen Sather have started talks on a contract extension. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello says that he is not involved in the talks and Nettavisen points to Brad Marchand as a comparable player based on stats. (Nettavisen)
Marchand is in the first-year of a four-year deal worth $4.5 million per season. He signed his contract prior to the start of his third full season, the lockout, when he had played in 173 games, plus 32 playoff games, and had 48 goals and 97 assists with 12 goals and 9 assists in the playoffs.
His agent Craig Oster confirmed that preliminary talks have taken place about an extension for Zuccarello. (Daily News)
Zuccarello is an RFA at the end of the season and is currently on a one-year deal worth $1.150 million.
Adam Rotter: Zuccarello has been great this year and certainly deserves a multi-year deal that will probably clock in around $3.5 million to $4 million. He will get paid on one strong season, if it continues, but also on him reaching a lot of the potential he showed in his earlier times with the Rangers. Until Rick Nash started scoring in nearly every game, Zuccarello was the Rangers top offensive player and offensive catalyst for most of the season. He knew this was really his last chance at the NHL and he has taken advantage of it and put himself into the mix as a guy the Rangers want to have around for a while.