7/25/14 | 1:24PM: Mats Zuccarello signed a two-year deal with the Rangers on May 26, 2010.
He played 52 games with the Rangers over those two years and scored 8 goals and had 18 assists.
During his initial contract with the Rangers, Zuccarello was called up and sent down 5 times before breaking his wrist in 2012 and missing the Rangers run to the Eastern Conference Final.
He left the NHL for the KHL and played with Magnitagorsk during the lockout before finishing the 2013 season with the Rangers and signing a one-year deal for this past season.
Zuccarello said that when he was in Russia he wasn’t expecting to come back to the NHL after he battled for two years and then started to play “real hockey” while in the KHL. He said that it was said going to Russia because while he was happy to be playing, he thought his time in the NHL was over. (Daily News)
He said that when the Rangers asked him to come back after his season in Russia, he wasn’t sure that he wanted to come back but his brother told him not to “be stupid” and that everyone wants to play in the NHL. (Daily News)
Zuccarello signed a one-year deal worth $3.5 million with the Rangers this past week.
Zuccarello’s caption was “Proud to be a nyr for at least one more year!! LGR!”
Zuccarello signed a ONE-YEAR deal worth $3.5 million that he said was the best thing for both sides.
7:07AM: After searching for a 3-4 year deal, Mats Zuccarello signed a ONE-YEAR deal worth $3.5 million yesterday.
Zuccarello said shortly after that it was “brilliant” to sign for one-year and worked out for both sides right now. Zuccarello also said that he was happy to avoid arbitration for the second straight summer.
He added that with the Rangers cap situation where it is, it was best to sign for one year. He adds that it makes him a free agent next summer but he is happy to be with the Rangers and feels that it’s “my club.” (VG)
Norway’s TV2 hockey expert Bjorn Erevik expects that the two sides will work out a long-term deal and avoid Zuccarello becoming a free agent. (TV2)
Ole Eskild Dahlstrøm said that Zuccarello was pushed into a corner by the Rangers cap situation but that it shouldn’t matter because of how confident Zuccarello is as a player and his desire to stay in NY. (VG)
7PM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing.
6:19PM: Zuccarello says that one year was the best thing for both sides right now. He said that he is glad he isn’t going to arbitration. (Nettavisen)
5:52PM: The Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have avoided arbitration by coming to terms on a deal worth $3.5 million per season. (Darren Dreger)
The deal is for ONE-YEAR and the two sides will continue to work out a long-term extension. An extension can’t be signed until after January 1, 2015. (Larry Brooks)
If an extension is not agreed upon, Zuccarello will be a UFA on July 1 next summer.
- Zuccarello had 19 goals and 40 assists to lead the Rangers with 59 points in the regular season. He averaged 17:08 per game
- In the playoffs, Zuccarello had 5 goals and 8 assists in 17:40 per game.
- In the regular season, Zuccarello’s Corsi was 53.8% (ES)
- In the playoffs his Corsi was 49.9% (ES)
He was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Friday.
Zuccarello was reportedly seeking a deal for around 3-4 years and at $4.5 million per season.
The Rangers and Zuccarello came to terms on a deal the day before his arbitration hearing last year.
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The Rangers are still in negotiations with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard on long-term deals ahead of their arbitration cases on Friday and Monday. (NY Post)
If the players go to arbitration they will sign one-year contracts and be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer. (NY Post)
Zuccarello is reportedly seeking a deal for around 3-4 years and at $4.5 million per season.
Brassard is reportedly searching for a long-term deal around $5.5 million per season.
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.