Pat Leonard reports on the details of Mats Zuccarello’s now completed four year extension:
Pretty team-friendly deal Zucc gave the Rangers. Very happy to have him at those terms.
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As I’m sure you’ve seen, the Rangers made a big splash yesterday, acquiring Keith Yandle from the Coyotes and locking Mats Zuccarello up to a four year contract.
Yandle didn’t come cheap: he–along with defenseman Chris Summers and a 2016 4th round pick–cost the Rangers John Moore, Anthony Duclair, a 2016 1st round pick and a 2015 2nd round pick. The Coyotes will be eating half of Yandle’s salary, so for this season and next, Yandle comes at a cap cost of $2.625 million.
Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in Cam Atkinson.
Atkinson, 25, is contractually at a similar stage in his career as Carl Hagelin, as he’s set to be a RFA this summer and will be UFA-eligible after the 2015-16 season. I like him as a player, but getting him at the expense of Mats Zuccarello doesn’t sit well with me. Atkinson does have a certain not-Bozak quality that I find attractive, however.
From Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts:
He and the Rangers are not close on a new deal and he can walk this summer. The simple move for New York is to keep him, make a playoff run and take their chances later. But, there are rumours they will consider trading him, see what they can get and, if necessary, flip that for something else.
I can’t prove or disprove those rumblings, but they’re out there.
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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.
After playing just 67 games over parts of 3 seasons with the Rangers, Mats Zuccarello signed a modest 1 year, $1.15 million deal last summer to stay in New York. The small Norwegian forward had shown flashes of his offensive potential prior to this season, but had yet to cement himself as a consistent NHL player. Read more