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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8/18/14 | 6:34PM: Mats Zuccarello played in 77 games this past season. That number is more than the total amount of games he played (67) in the NHL during his three previous seasons with the Rangers.
Zuccarello’s 59 points this season was 25 more than he had in those previous 67 games.
Zuccarello said that this is the first year he has played a lot and that he has always said that if you play a lot and get important minutes your confidence will go up. (NY Post)
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Zuccarello adds the caption “Roadtrip baby!! Ottawa to nyc! #werethetwobestfriendsthatanyonecouldhave“
The two participated in a tournament in Quebec this weekend that was won by a team that had both of the Bourque brothers.
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Mats Zuccarello said that the Rangers goal for this season is to finish in the top eight and make the playoffs. (Nettavisen)
He said that no one thought that the Rangers would get to the Final this past season and the team showed that anything can happen once you make the playoffs. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello said that he wants to be a contributor to the Rangers in any way he can and the most important thing is that the Rangers win and are a “winning team.” (Nettavisen)
Dominic Moore said recently that with Henrik Lundqvist in net and the Rangers depth at forward and defense, the team feels that they can build on this past season.
Derick Brassard said recently that everyone can learn a lot from last year’s run but as a team they need to look forward and have the right preparation. He said it’s up to the players to work hard everyday to get the Rangers back to where they were. (Rangers)
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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Zuccarello is expected to take part in a “boot camp” training session with Derick Brassard in Quebec this week. (Boot Camp)
8/9/14 | 12:23PM: Mats Zuccarello was asked about the Rangers losing Brad Richards and said that he was a “vital cog” in the team, “especially off the ice.” (Nettavisen)
He says that Richards was a big help because of his experience and was a big leader in the locker room. (Nettavisen)
Zuccarello added, “It’s clear he’s going to be a loss.” (Nettavisen)
He said on the day of the buyout that losing Richards is “a shame.”
Carl Hagelin said that Richards was an “amazing” teammate who helped him a lot.
Henrik Lundqvist said, “Brad Richards has been outstanding this season on and off the ice and accepted the role of more responsibility and a lot of credit to Brad.” (Fox Sports)
Chris Kreider said that Richards has helped him through every single low point in his career. (ESPN NY)
Henrik Lundqvist is featured as one of Vanity Fair’s list of Best Dressed Men for 2014. (Today)
Lundqvist says that his favorite item of clothing is a leather jacket and asked about a style icon he looks up to, Lundqvist said that he finds “everything cool about Frank Sinatra.” (Vanity Fair)
Mats Zuccarello says that he isn’t interested in challenging Henrik Lundqvist as a “style icon” and that Lundqvist is the player on the team who cares the most about how he dresses. (Side2)
Zuccarello is working with Moods of Norway and likes that they help him pick out clothes that look nice. (Side2)
Zuccarello was also skating with a team in Norway this week. (Aftonbladet)