Read: Mats Zuccarello misses Michael Del Zotto

Michael Del ZottoWhen the Rangers traded Michael Del Zotto, Mats Zuccarello lost his closest/best friend on the team but said that he understands that trades are part of being a pro hockey player. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello said that he is happy that Del Zotto gets a change of scenery but it’s “sour” to lose a good friend. (Nettavisen)

Del Zotto is spending his Olympic Break with Tyler Seguin and pet lion.

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Read: Mats Zuccarello is a lost cause…..when it comes to playing outside

Mats ZuccarelloBefore the Rangers/Islanders game at Yankee Stadium, Sam Rosen spoke with Rangers equipment manager Acacio Marques.

During the chat, Sam noted that Mats Zuccarello had been the biggest complainer about being cold during the previous outdoor game.

In response, Cass said that Zuccarello is a “lost cause…I don’t know if you see him out there, he is all bundled up I’m surprised he doesn’t have a blanket on. (NHL Network)

Marques started working with the Rangers in 1993, became an assistant equipment manager in 1997 and has been the Rangers head equipment manager for the last 14 years.

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Buzz: Rangers talking extension with Mats Zuccarello

Mats Zuccarello8:27PM: Zuccarello is in line for a “massive arbitration” pay hike and he would become eligible for UFA status in 2015 if he goes through arbitration. (NY Post)

4:37PM: Mats Zuccarello tells Norway Newspaper Nettavisen that his agents and Glen Sather have started talks on a contract extension. (Nettavisen)

Zuccarello says that he is not involved in the talks and Nettavisen points to Brad Marchand as a comparable player based on stats. (Nettavisen)

Marchand is in the first-year of a four-year deal worth $4.5 million per season. He signed his contract prior to the start of his third full season, the lockout, when he had played in 173 games, plus 32 playoff games, and had 48 goals and 97 assists with 12 goals and 9 assists in the playoffs.

His agent Craig Oster confirmed that preliminary talks have taken place about an extension for Zuccarello. (Daily News)

Zuccarello is an RFA at the end of the season and is currently on a one-year deal worth $1.150 million.

Adam Rotter: Zuccarello has been great this year and certainly deserves a multi-year deal that will probably clock in around $3.5 million to $4 million. He will get paid on one strong season, if it continues, but also on him reaching a lot of the potential he showed in his earlier times with the Rangers. Until Rick Nash started scoring in nearly every game, Zuccarello was the Rangers top offensive player and offensive catalyst for most of the season. He knew this was really his last chance at the NHL and he has taken advantage of it and put himself into the mix as a guy the Rangers want to have around for a while.

Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard, Benoit Pouliot

Read: The Mats Zuccarello/Derek Brassard Connection and their PP

The Rangers have scored 34 PP goals this season and Benoit Pouliot, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello have combined to score 14 of them.

Dave Maloney said that the power play unit with Zuccarello, Pouliot and Brassard is “brilliant” and praised how they move the puck, how quick they do it and how creative they are.

  • Zuccarello has had a hand in 10 of Brassard’s 25 points this season including the primary assist on Brassard’s last two goals. He has also been part of 7 of Brassard’s 14 PP points.
  • Benoit Pouliot has had a hand in nine of Brassard’s points this season and 4 of Brassard’s 14 PP points.
  • Brassard has been part of 9 of Pouliot’s 17 points and Zuccarello has been part of 3 of Pouliot’s points.

Brassard, on 98.7 ESPN, said on Sunday that he has fun playing with Zuccarello and that Zucc is one of the elite players in the league and a key player for the Rangers.

Brassard added that Zuccarello always has a way of finding him on the ice. (NY Times)

 

Read: Mats Zuccarello Is A Bargain For The Rangers

Mats ZuccarelloWhen asked about Mats Zuccarello recently, Joe Micheletti said that Zucc has a tremendous amount of heart and confidence and certainly looks like he is not only an NHL player but could be a very good one.

Dave Maloney said that Zuccarello has been really good for the Rangers and that at $1 million “and change” you won’t find many better bargains in the NHL.

According to Cap Geek’s bargain hunter, Zuccarello is the 14th best bargain in the NHL in terms of the points he is putting up compared to his salary.

Zuccarello, 26, is on a one-year deal worth $1.150 million. He will be an RFA after the season.

According to NHL.com, Zuccarello is on pace for 18 goals and 38 assists.

Adam Rotter: I think the Rangers will end up giving Zuccarello a 3-year deal and the money will probably be around $3.5 to $4.5 million. Over $4 million seems to be the going rate for guys who get 50-60 points and while Zuccarello has been the Rangers best forward lately, this is the first time he has ever really produced consistently. That said, this is the kind of production and the kind of player that the Rangers expected Zuccarello to be and it seems like he is or has turned the corner toward being an effective scorer/playmaker in the NHL.

Read: Mats Zuccarell Is One Of The Rangers Top Forwards

ZuccarelloIn the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that Mats Zuccarello has assumed a big role with the Rangers this season, calling him one of the most “dynamic and dependable” forwards.

Zuccarello has 22 points in his last 26 games and told Larry Brooks that he is happy with his game but isn’t satisfied.
Zuccarello said that he thinks he can be better and continue to develop as a player.

The most important thing to Zuccarello is helping the team win and that all of the work he has been putting in has been paying off.

He is third on the Rangers in total ice-time for forwards and fourth in average ice-time per game for forwards.

 

Stats: Mats Zuccarello Lately

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Joe Micheletti said after the game last night that Zuccarello “was, I thought the first period in particular was the best Ranger. You noticed him on the ice, whether it was on the forecheck, coming back or in front of the goalie. He doesn’t take any guff from anyone. You have to love the heart of Zuccarello. He is never afraid to go to the net. He was tremendous tonight.”

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