Mats Zuccarello has settled on a new contract prior to his Friday arbitration hearing, reports Darren Dreger. The deal is for one year at $3.5 million, meaning that Zuccarello could hit the unrestricted free agency market after this season.
The lower cap hit that comes with a one-year deal will give the Rangers some flexibility this season, but comes with some risk. The Rangers can still negotiate a long-term deal with Zuccarello, but they can’t officially sign an extension of his one-year deal until after January 1st.
The Rangers still have Chris Kreider (tomorrow) and Derick Brassard (Monday) with arbitration hearings scheduled.