Zuccarello Headed to Arbitration

Apr 27, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) handles the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Well this pretty much confirms it, if anyone was going to get ugly in contract negotiations, it was going to be Mats Zuccarello:

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

What happened?

Topics: Arbitration, Free Agency, Mats Zuccarello, New York Rangers, NYR

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  • Helge Ekeberg

    Ugly!?

  • Nick

    Shawn you are making some assumptions. Zooks was never offered a
    contract by the NYR before last season. Slats liked him but he was not
    in the coaches plans at that point. That is why he went to the KHL. He
    wanted to be in NY all along. Today at 5pm was the deadline for all
    eligible RFA to file for arbitration. It was not a move made out of
    animosity. Slats wants Zooks to be a Ranger. Zooks wants to be a Ranger.
    Their cap money is extremely tight. They cant just park 6 mill in the
    minors anymore with the new CBA. This gives them more time to come to a
    deal. They are still free to reach a deal on their own before meeting in
    arbitration.

  • Andy Graziano

    Rangers are actually in more of a bind next season. You can park up to 900k per contract in the minors (Wade Redden rule) so they can bury Asham and Powe freeing up 1.8mm. I have them at roughly 1.5 to 2 available heading into next off-season barring any other moves. Buy out Richards next summer is certain, bumping them up to 9. But on the ledger are Callahan, Brassard, Krieder, Girardi, Del Zotto, Moore and Hank. Sather has a lot of work to do.