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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In February, Mats Zuccarello was asked why he played hockey.
Zuccarello said that he plays “because it’s fun” and he plays because “I love it.” (Daily News)
Asked about Zuccarello, Henrik Lundqvist said that he “loves to have fun on the ice” and that is when he plays his best. Lundqvist said that Zuccarello also doesn’t seem like someone who feels the pressure, or if he does, he doesn’t show it. (Daily News)
Zuccarello is an RFA and searching for a four-year deal.
He has an arbitration date set for July 23.
The NHLPA has announced the following dates for arbitration hearings:
- Chris Kreider: July 23
- Mats Zuccarello: July 25
- Derick Brassard: July 28
The three players filed for arbitration on Saturday.
The Rangers are reportedly interested in long-term deals for all three players.
What can and can’t be used during arbitration hearings.
Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Chris Kreider all filed for arbitration yesterday which, above all else, means that the three of them will be under contract when training camp starts in September. (NY Post)
The team will either come to terms on a new contract with them or the team will accept the award that the arbitrator determines.
Larry Brooks says that the objective on all sides is to have the three players sign long-term deals with the Rangers. (NY Post)
Brassard is likely to get the largest contract of the three (Daily News) and his agent confirmed that they are still trying to negotiate a long-term deal. (Walsh)
Zuccarello has said that he is looking for a four-year deal.
It’s been previously suggested that Kreider would likely sign a bridge deal.
5:17PM arbitration hearings will be held between July 20th and August 4th. (NHLPA)
1:23PMDerick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider have filed for arbitration. (Larry Brooks)
The team will continue to negotiate deals with all three to avoid arbitration.
Last summer Zuccarello didn’t want to go to arbitration so he lessened his demands in the final moments before the hearing.
Players who file for arbitration have a history of locking up deals shortly, sometimes minutes, before their hearing is about to start.
The Rangers trashed Sean Avery during an arbitration hearing in 2007.
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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Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello are in Norway for a charity game that Zuccarello put together and the two were asked about the Rangers buyout of Brad Richards.
Hagelin said that the buyout has nothing to do with Richards as a person or player and everything to do with the salary cap. He says that Richards is an “amazing” guy who has helped him a lot. Hagelin said that it’s “sad” but how the business of hockey works. He said that Richards won’t have trouble finding a job. (VG)
Hagelin said that the Rangers were “forced” to make this move to be able to have enough money to sign players like Zuccarello, Anton Stralman, Derick Brassard and Benoit Pouliot. He says that now these players can “get what they deserve.”(VG)
Zuccarello said that Richards is a good teammate, good friend and that losing him is a “shame.” (VG)
Zuccarello said that he doesn’t think much about money but wants to stay with the Rangers and find a way to make it work. (VG)
From Kenny Albert: “Great job by Mats Zuccarello – hosting charity game Friday in Norway to benefit #RightToPlay. Carl Hagelin on hand as well.”