It was speculated that Mats Zuccarello would be asking for $4.5 million per season, if it is was to be a multi-year deal. Having filed for arbitration, he will garner between $3.7 and $4 million.
According to capgeek.com, Mats Zuccarello earned every penny of his $1.15 million dollars in 2013-2014 for the New York Rangers. He led the team in scoring with 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists). His previous seasons with the Rangers, he played in 67 games, splitting time between New York and the Rangers AHL affiliate in Hartford. In that time, Zuccarello tallied nine goals and 34 points. However, it was his brilliance on the ice that caught the eye of Rangers fans. Standing only 5’7, he let his play on the ice do his talking.
His play with the puck was “filthy, genius” at times. He provided “flare” with the puck that had been a missing piece to the team’s offensive play. No-look passes, dropping the puck off to the trailer, and his slow yet methodical shootout moves made him a tough forward to face.
Last season, he made a statement to his team and to fans that he deserved to be in the NHL. Not only did he set career highs in goals, assists, and points in a season; but, he also received the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award that is handed out annually to the Ranger who goes above and beyond the call of duty.
The other Ranger mentioned in this piece was Derick Brassard. Last season was the end of his four year contract with the New York Rangers. Originally signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he was part of a trade that saw Marian Gaborik leave Broadway. Per capgeek.com, Brassard earned $3.2 million last season. Now, in the same NBCSports.com article, it is speculated that Brassard is asking for $5.5 million if it is for a multi-year contract. He has filed for arbitration and will most likely be awared nothing less than his $3.7 million salary from last season.
In the 2013-2014 season, Derick Brassard accumulated 45 points with 18 goals in 81 games played. He was part of a third line, who were the most consistent when scoring for the team. The combination of Mats Zuccarello, Brassard, and former teammate Benoit Pouliot made fans jump for joy.
Which brings us to today’s poll.
Assuming the article is true, knowing the Rangers have $13 million in cap space, and two additional restricted free agents to sign (Chris Kreider and John Moore), is it smart to pay these players their asking price?
Please vote and share your opinions.