Well this pretty much confirms it, if anyone was going to get ugly in contract negotiations, it was going to be Mats Zuccarello:
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers) July 10, 2013
Not surprising really, as the Rangers and Zuccarello had an impasse last year in contract talks which lead him to go to the KHL and play over there until the Rangers offered him a contract during the playoff push last season. The Rangers can walk away from the deal if the judge orders a salary over $3.5 million, which I don’t expect to happen.
The Rangers will hope to get a deal done before the hearing, as they can still talk to the player and have him sign a contract before the scheduled court date.
Zuccarello last year for the Rangers appeared in 15 games, tallying 8 points (3G, 5A).
A few weeks ago, his agent was stating that the team and his client were close to signing a “two to three year deal”