Buzz: Is Mats Zuccarello Not In The Rangers Plans Now? (Update)

Mats Zuccarello Stay Positive

July 8th:

6:28PM: Zuccarello’s agent told the NY Post that they are still anticipating signing with the Rangers and are not yet looking at offers in Europe.

July 7:

8:29AM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers signing of Benoit Pouliot could signal the end of Mats Zuccarello’s time with the Rangers.

He writes that Pouliot is bigger, a better skater and skated in the top six with Tampa Bay last season. More importantly, the Rangers may not have enough salary cap space for Zuccarello with the money that they will need to use to sign Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.

Brooks says that Zuccarello is in the salary range of $1.3 million and that is the amount of money the team just committed to Pouliot.

Zuccarello’s agent has spoken about how the Rangers want to bring him back and that they could have a deal that lasts for two or three years.

NY is where Zuccarello says he wants to play.

Adam Rotter: This is a situation that will play itself out. The Rangers could make a move or two, Brian Boyle, that could free up the space to keep Zuccarello. It’s also a matter of what numbers are being reported that the players will sign for and what numbers they actually sign for. Regardless, it’s going to be a tight fit under the cap for the Rangers to get everyone they want signed. Maybe, with a lot more space next summer and a higher cap, the Rangers can get Zuccarello on a cheaper one-year deal and have him earn more money and a longer term.