7/17/14 | 10:31AM: The Rangers are still in the process of negotiating a long-term deal with Mats Zuccarello that would see him stay with the team through his first few years of potential unrestricted free agency. (NY Post)
The process of locking up Zuccarello and preventing him from becoming a free agent could result in a higher cap hit for the player because of what he could potentially get on the open market next summer. A one-year deal through arbitration would result in a lower cap hit for the Rangers but possibly preclude them from a potential long-term deal with Zuccarello. (NY Post)
Zuccarello is seeking a multi-year deal, he wants 3-4 years, with a cap hit of $4.5 million. (NY Post)
If the Rangers and Zuccarello do go to arbitration, it’s likely that his cap hit next season would be $3.7 million to $4 million. (NY Post)
Last year the Rangers and Zuccarello were on the verge of arbitration when they came to terms on a one-year deal.
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7/2/14 | 7:13AM: Zuccarello’s agent said that he and Jeff Gorton had good talks at the draft and that he and his client know that the Rangers are in a cap squeeze and need to find a deal that works for both sides. (Daily News)
7/2/14 | 8:45AM: Mats Zuccarello is apparently searching for a four-year deal worth between $4 million and $5 million per season. (VG)
Zuccarello said earlier this week that he is searching for a four-year deal and that a commitment from the team in terms of years is more important that trying to get the highest salary.
Zuccarello is an RFA and the Rangers have around $14 million in cap space.
7/1/14 | 6:25AM: Zuccarello wants a 3-4 year contract (Nettavisen) and to be rewarded for his strong play as well as give him some “peace of mind” more than just a big salary. (TV2)
He says that he doesn’t want to take all the money and that it’s just as important to play on a “powerful” team. (TV2)
Zuccarello said that he thinks it’s more likely that he and Derick Brassard return because they are RFAs while Benoit Pouliot is a UFA. He said that he hopes all three come back, especially after the Rangers made it clear that they were one of the better lines this season. (Nettavisen)
6/30/14 | 3:53PM: Zuccarello said that he wants to be a Ranger but that he won’t sign a cheap deal. Later on he said that it’s not important for him to hit a “home run” with this contract. He added that the Rangers wouldn’t give him “extra pay” for a down season and that he wants to feel appreciated with this new deal. (VG)
Zuccarello said that Glen Sather’s comments are negotiating tactics and he wants players signed as cheaply as possible. Zuccarello adds that every time he has been called up he has shown that he can “help” and play well enough. (VG)
Talks have already started and Zuccarello said again that he is hoping for a 3-4 year deal because it would be best for him and for the team. (VG)
Zuccarello’s agent says that he thinks a deal can be reached quickly. (VG)
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6/17/14 | 7:27AM: Zuccarello said that switching teams is not something that he wants to do and he hopes a deal with the Rangers can be found. (TV2)
6/16/14 | 4:50PM: Alain Vigneault said today, “I definitely want Mats to be a training camp next year so I want his contract issues taken care of. He was a big part of our team and got off to a slow start but once he found some chemistry with his teammates he became a big part of our offensive forwards. He is a good young man with good instincts and if he continues to progress he should be a good player for us.” (Rangers)
2:15PM: Mats Zuccarello’s agent Erik Ryman spoke with VG about Zuccarello’s new contract and said that Zuccarello will receive a salary based on his market value. (VG)
He said that he expects discussions on Zuccarello’s new contract to begin soon and Zuccarello would love it to be done as soon as possible. (VG)
It’s been expected that Zuccarello’s contract would be discussed as soon as the Rangers season ended.
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.
He can take the Rangers to arbitration.
Zuccarello, 26, had 5 goals and 8 assists in 25 playoff games.
In the regular season he finished 52nd in the league, and led the Rangers, with 59 points.
In his career, he has played 144 games and has 30 goals and 63 assists.
In an interview with TV2 in Norway, Mats Zuccarello said that he and his agents decided it was better to back off on some of the things they were looking for in a new contract as a way to prevent the two sides from going to arbitration.
Zuccarello said that he is happy to stay with the Rangers and is glad he gets an opportunity to show he is worth a long-term deal.
He said that at the start of negotiations he was looking for a longer-term deal but is fine with a one-year deal.
Zuccarello said that he doesn’t know much about Alain Vigneault but said that the coach doesn’t really matter as it’s up to each player to perform and prove themselves.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Zuccarello may have only been sent a qualifying offer because of the injuries that will prevent Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin from starting the season.
With the Rangers signing of Mats Zuccarello to a deal that has a cap hit of $1.15 million, the Rangers currently have $2.18 million in cap space, according to how Cap Geek has the Rangers roster assembled.
The Rangers still need to sign Derek Stepan and also have Brandon Mashinter as a RFA.
Sending Arron Asham and Darroll Powe down to the minors gives the Rangers $4.03 million in cap space
Because Powe and Asham have salaries greater than $925,000 they will still have a cap charge if sent to the minors. Asham will have a $75,000 cap charge and Powe will have a $141,666 cap charge.
If Powe and Asham are able to be traded for non-roster players or if they are claimed on waivers, the Rangers would have $4.247 million in cap space.
Cap Geek doesn’t include JT Miller in their projection.
The Rangers are allowed to go 10% over the upper limit of $64.3 million during the summer but need to be under the $64.3 upper limit by the last day of training camp.
11:32AM: The Rangers have announced that they have signed Mats Zuccarello to a one-year deal.
Darren Dreger reports that the deal is worth $1.15 million.
The Rangers and Zuccarello were scheduled to go to arbitration tomorrow morning.
12:48PM: Zuccarello’s agent told VG, in Norway, that Zucc didn’t have to cut his salary demands and that the talk of $2 million per season was never true. He adds that Zuccarello was always in favor of a salary that he felt was equal to his market value.
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Last Monday, Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers had a 9AM ET arbitration hearing scheduled.
Gagner and the Oilers didn’t have the hearing as it was announced shortly after 9AM that Gagner and the Oilers had just come to terms on a three-year deal worth $14.4 million.
Back in the summer of 2011, Brandon Dubinsky had a hearing scheduled for early morning on July 21st and the two sides were able to avoid arbitration by coming to terms on a four-year contract.
One week later, in July of 2011, the Rangers signed Ryan Callahan to his new contract with less than 24 hours to go before his arbitration hearing.
Callahan’s agent said that a deal was struck at the “11th and a half hour” after he and Jeff Gorton beat each other up before finding a compromise. He added that a deal was made right before both sides were going to get on a plane and head to Toronto for the hearing.
Mats Zuccarello has a hearing on Wednesday morning.
Mats Zuccarello spoke with Dagbladet and once again said that he “belongs” to the Rangers and is only thinking about playing for them next season.
They note that with the limited amount of space the Rangers have under the salary cap Zuccarello could get a pay cut from what he made last season. Zuccarello had a cap hit of $700,000 last season after signing with the team in March.
Zuccarello said that he hasn’t yet spoken with Alain Vigneault but doesn’t expect to until he comes back to New York.
In terms of the Olympics, Zuccarello said that he doesn’t know if he will get to play for Norway but that he hopes he will.
Zuccarello has a endorsement deal with Unibet and the Norway Hockey Association has said that he isn’t available to play as long as he has an endorsement deal with a company other than the Norwegian Lottery, who sponsor the National team.
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Mats Zuccarello, who is in Spain on vacation, spoke with Norwegian newspaper VG and said that he understands the situation the Rangers are in with the salary cap and that he may need to take less money than he thinks he is worth.
Zuccarello said that he isn’t thinking about or expecting a long term deal which could award him the money he thinks he deserves but would lessen his cap hit.
His agent, according to the paper, believes that Zuccarello is worth at least $2 million per season but the Rangers are not willing to give him that much. This contradicts what Zuccarello has previously said, he doesn’t think he deserves $2 million, but is in line with previous reports about what Zuccarello and his agents are asking for.
While Zuccarello says that he hopes to get a deal done as soon as possible, he doesn’t see a problem with going to arbitration.