Read: Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello discuss the Brad Richards buyout

Carl Hagelin, Mats ZuccarelloCarl 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)

Tweets: Mats Zuccarello and Carl Hagelin are off to Norway

From Kenny Albert: “Great job by Mats Zuccarello – hosting charity game Friday in Norway to benefit #RightToPlay. Carl Hagelin on hand as well.”


Buzz: Mats Zuccarello’s agent on Zuccarello’s next contract

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.

Read: The impact of this playoff run on the free agents/What they all might get

rangers-si-coverLarry Brooks writes that the Rangers deep playoff run may have changed how they approach re-signing their free agents this summer since the values of some players may be too much for them to bring back. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Rangers players have paid a price to get to the Stanley Cup Final and the management team will have to pay higher prices to keep this group together. (NY Post)

He says that Brian Boyle has shown his value to the team but will be sought after if he goes to UFA on July one. Anton Stralman will need to be paid to avoid free agency, Dominic Moore will need a “tidy” increase to keep, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello will need multi-year deals to avoid arbitration and make them eligible for UFA in 2015. (NY Post)

Brooks says that Marc Staal needs a new contract this summer to prevent the same kind of situation that Ryan Callahan was in last year and to do the same with Chris Kreider so the Rangers don’t go through the same thing they did with Derek Stepan last summer. (NY Post)

On Benoit Pouliot, Brooks says “good question.”  (NY Post)

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Read: Mats Zuccarello didn’t think he took a penalty/things he told the Norway media

Zuccarello on the Ice.jpgIn the third period last night, Jake Muzzin stuck out his leg as Mats Zuccarello was exiting the zone.

Muzzin fell forward and Zuccarello was called for tripping.

On MSG, Zuccarello was asked if it was a fair call and said, “it doesn’t really matter now, you can’t go back and change it. I want to skate by him….”

Al Trautwig said on MSG, “it was a bad call.”

NBC Analysts Keith Jones and Eddie Olczyk both indicated that the tripping call could have gone against Muzzin instead of Zuccarello.

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Read: What Mats Zuccarello told papers in Norway about game four and the series

Zucc1Mats Zuccarello spoke with the Norwegian media following the Rangers game four win over the Kings.

Zuccarello said:

  • The Rangers did not play up to their standards but still found a way to win. (Nettavisen)
  • Hard work and effort are what matter in the Stanley Cup Final. The team had hard work, strong effort and good physical play in game four. (Nettavisen)
  • The Rangers are a tough team to play against when Henrik Lundqvist is on top of his game even if they are playing s*** hockey in front of him.  (Nettavisen)
  • The team doesn’t care what is written or said about them and that the players in the locker room believe that they can do this. (Nettavisen)
  • The difference between game four and the previous three is that the Rangers found a way to win. (VG)

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