12:19PM: Talks with Zuccarello are quiet now but things should pick up after Jan 1, which could be after the Rangers know about the salary cap and the future of Marty St. Louis and Marc Staal. (ESPN Insider)
Craig Custance says that negotiations last year between the Rangers and Zuccarello were positive. (ESPN Insider)
10:07AM: Mats Zuccarello has three goals and six assists this season in 18 games.
He has 40 shots on goal and 8 in the past two games.
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Mats Zuccarello says that it’s hard for him not to think about his future as an impending UFA. He said that it enters his mind sometimes at night but it’s not something that he brings to the rink with him. (NY Post)
He says that he barely talks to his agent and the talks are not something that he can control. He said that all he can do is play hard and that is where his focus is. (NY Post)
Talks between the Rangers and Zuccarello have been “limited” according to Larry Brooks. (NY Post)
Zuccarello did say that the contract talks are not the reason for his slow start and that he just happens to be a slow starter. He said it takes some time for him to get comfortable and he may put too much pressure on himself/try to do too much. (NY Post)
He has 8 points in 15 games.
Mats Zuccarello has said that it was the best move for both sides to sign a one-year deal for this season and that he feels he could be the next Ranger to sign a long-term deal.
He is looking at the “biggest good year vs bad year” contract differential of any of the Rangers UFAs. They write that Zuccarello will be able to sign for a lot of zeros if he puts up 70 points but that won’t be the case if he gets “15 points in 25 games and then gets hurt.” (Dobber Hockey)
Dobber has him projected to score 20 goals and 37 assists.
The Hockey News Pool Guide has Zuccarello scoring 15 goals and adding 35 assists.
The Sports Forecaster has Zuccarello scoring 16 goals and 29 assists and list him as a player who will have a target on his back this season.
They say that teams will look to “shut” Zuccarello down by “any means necessary,” he will have a target on his back and find it tough to repeat his “breakout numbers.”
Some of Zuccarello’s teammates think he is becoming an “elite” player.
Mats Zuccarello was asked if he felt “unappreciated” by the Rangers after he signed for one-year and the Rangers gave Derick Brassard five-years.(TV2)
Zuccarello said that he knew Brassard was going to get that contract, that the two speak everyday, and that Zuccarello taking one-year and $3.5 million probably helped Brassard get his deal from the Rangers. (TV2)
He adds that with losing Brad Richards it was important for the Rangers to keep Brassard. (TV2)
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8/13/14 | 10:22AM: Mats Zuccarello says that he feels he has become part of the Rangers “core” and that has allowed him to feel “slightly” more comfortable heading into this season. He adds that he feels a responsibility to be one of the Rangers leaders. (TV2)
He said that the Rangers “probably” would have given him a longer-term contract if not for the salary cap and that he can sign a new deal during the season or wait until after the year to become a free agent and sign anywhere. He said that he will control the position he will be in, whether teams will want him or not, based on how he plays this season. (TV2)
Zuccarello “claims” that there is an “agreement” between he and the organization that he will be the next player to get a long-term deal after he “sacrificed” that this summer to sign a one-year deal and help the team’s salary cap situation. (TV2)
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7/30/14 | 11:56AM: Mats Zuccarello said that he would taken a long-term contract from the Rangers if it was on the terms that he wanted but right now it’s best to just go with 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)
Zuccarello’s caption was “Proud to be a nyr for at least one more year!! LGR!”
Zuccarello signed a ONE-YEAR deal worth $3.5 million that he said was the best thing for both sides.