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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