The Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.15 Million, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The Rangers and Zuccarello were scheduled to go to arbitration tomorrow.
Zuccarello signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in the middle of the previous season and tallied eight points in 15 regular season games as well as seven points in 12 playoff games; including his first career playoff goal.
Zuccarello previously admitted he was going to have to take less money than he wanted in order to make the finances work and stay with the Rangers. With projections of him asking for, and perhaps deserving, anywhere between $1.5 and $2 Million the contract he agreed to has to be seen as a bargain. For Zuccarello, though, it's a chance for him to prove himself over a full year. Should he do so then he'll surely get that richer, multi-year contract he's been craving; whether from the Rangers or from another team.
According to Cap Geek, the Rangers now have a little over $2 Million in cap space with Derek Stepan left to sign, though that number is sure to increase with a few inevitable departure(s). There's still a few question marks but Zuccarello signing clears the picture a bit more.
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Its amazing.....the Rangers are "capped out", and everyone agrees this team sucks.....Keep supporting Sather though.......ENOUGH!
No matter what Zuccs is a team player who's loyalty is rare in professional sports. Many people will be surprised by what he accomplishes next year
This is going to be one ugly season. Kreider on 1st line? Ouch!
That should tell you all you need to know about how thinned the talent is on the wing.
No toughness at all, talk about plain low fat yogurt. I give you the 2013 Rangers. How easy is it going to be for teams to game-plan the Rangers. Just smack them around and watch them bleed until Zuccs the resident tough guy comes in.
When Hags and Cally are healthy this is the lineup I would want, but if Zuccs is bad switch him with Miller/Lindberg/Fasth/Kristo
Nash – Stepan – Callahan
Hagelin – Brassard – Zuccarello
Kreider – Richards – Pouliot
Boyle – D.Moore – DorsettZuccarello and Pouliot are both on their off wing, but everyone else is in position. I know Zucc can play the right side, not sure about Pouliot. Pouliot could switch with Zuccarello as far as second and third lines, but I thought Pouliot might be better on a checking line and Zucc could use his play-making ability to get things going with offensively on the second line. Again, Kreider has his work cut out; I just hope he plays well enough to stay up in New York (otherwise JT Miller will step in for him and make it tough for Chris to get his spot back). Another guy that has something to prove is Brad Richards; he has a good chance of playing on the top two lines. I also like the idea of bringing in Michael Haley for certain match-ups; I think he showed that he's more than just a goon, but he would be called on for that extra level of toughness. Nobody will change the lines as often as Torts, but the lines are subject to change.
This may turns out to be the best 1.15 million the Rangers have spent in a long long time. I'm thrilled that Zuc. will be with the Rangers.
Can someone explain how the summer cap works? If we sign Step to a deal at $4.5M, we will be over the cap right now, correct? Is that allowed? But when the season starts, Cally and Hags will be on IR, so we will be ok if we've got rookies filling in. That will give us some time to make a deal or figure things out. Does this make sense?
@Snot-Bubbler im guessing that youre fun at parties.
@Snot-Bubbler i do not agree that this team sucks.
is there a team that you like?
@Betweentheworlds I love the guy. I really hope he does well, and there should be some support for the guy from the fans at least for all the loyalty he has shown. I still think he can play. First goal he scored in the NHL, roofing that wraparound against the flyers, was pretty sick.
That's hilarious ...
@stRangers fan you're not invited to the cup parade.
@FREE LINDBERG Stop smoking whatever it is you are smoking my friend :)
Stephan on the first line.
Kreider doesn't belong up there either.
I love your fourth line!
Kreider -- Brassard -- Nash
Pouliot -- Stepan -- Callahan
Hagelin -- Richards -- Zuccarello
Boyle -- Moore -- Dorsett
Interesting. In this scenario the third line doesn't play the checking line role. That's okay. Pretty good balance there.
Cally, Nash, Pouliot, and Hagelin all on the off wing ... NO!
(well, doesn't matter as much for Nash)
Brassard has a lot to prove before he's any good on that first line, but I'm rooting for him all the same.
Wow! Why do you say that?
@AG_Blue better, but I would put hags on the top line and drop rally down.
@AG_Blue also Nash and Cally are both RW
@AG_Blue Cally on a first line.... NO!
@AG_Blue "Hagelin – Brassard – Zuccarello"
This is why I'm not as crazy about Zucc as most of the other people on here. That line barely adds up to 15 feet of hockey player. They're going to get pushed around and run over like its their job. I know that's just one possible combination, but its a perfectly legitimate one based on our depth at wing.
I love Zucc's skill and what he brought this past season, but he's scored 11 goals in 67 games (regulaqr season), he hasn't even played a full season worth of games in the NHL. $1.15 is exactly what he's worth, and he's lucky he was able to force his hand and not get a two-way deal (I know that was a sticking point for him and I'm assuming he got it).
Bottom line, there are only so many spots on an NHL roster for guys under 6-foot, under 190 pound, set-up guys. And were forecasting to have two of them on the same line.
@AG_Blue Likely going to be a revolving door of wingers on the second and third lines with Kreider, Zucc, Hagelin, Pouliot, Miller and Kristo. Hrivik and Jean could also be in the mix.
@cb1 The summer cap allows the Rangers to go 10% above the cap. Putting Cally or Hags on LTIR doesn't open up cap space it allows them to go over the cap by a certain amount.
The most likely move for the Rangers to open up the cap space before the season starts is demote Asham, Powe and Johnson.
@_Jack What does that mean?
Lets be real, would love to fantasize for one. But they ain't winning one anytime soon. Honestly they are a middle of the pack team. Would not surprise me if the are out of playoffs this year.
@AG_Blue i dont think that we're going to see boyle on this team for long.
that forth line is exponentially better than any forth line we iced last year. I also don't mind the 3rd line not checking. even though hags can apply pressure on the forecheck
To be clear, I haven't put forth any lines. I know we're going to see various combinations. Here I'm just trying to clarify @BrendyJohnson 's lines, and above I'm trying to clarify FREE LINDBERG's lines. I can definitely see dropping Cally back to the second. I could see Hags on the first line. I could also see Zucc on the first line making plays with Nash. We may very well see all three.
I hear ye
It's not Zucc's fault the other guys aren't bigger. Zucc may be the toughest guy on that line.
No, but that's a legit concern and I agree.
Our team has become smaller and we lack size and toughness in general. The fishsticks are kind of small and managed pretty well until it came down to the end. And that's just it. Toughness especially matters down the stretch. It's not the toughest team that necessarily wins it all, but a team needs it to go the distance. It may yet be addressed before the season, or before the trade deadline mid-season. Still, I think we'll get more game, more competition, more production out of Zucc than some of our immediate options. If that line can move efficiently (skating and passing) they can compete.
agreed. again, maybe not Torts level of changes, but ongoing. i expect to see both Miller and Kristo at some point.
and the centers aren't set in stone either, depending on how Richards plays
@_Jack Thanks jack,
@stRangers fan Ill have what hes smoking! lol
I hope he took his skating lessons again this summer. He's a UFA after this year and that may be about it for him. He's liked because he's worked hard, but despite all the work he hasn't been able to do all that's been asked of him. Yep, one more reason the team will change significantly, once again, next season.
It all depends. You can hardly predict how some guys will show up. You can only hope.
i remember that about Nash, even though they list him at left and he shoots left, playing on the right gives him a shot in the slot -- i felt the same way playing the left side (w a right-handed shot)
i like that second line ... except that i'm not totally confident in Brassard up front ... however, our skill is spread out nicely that way ... those lines look pretty good
i said coming out of camp, not in camp
That's a good argument. He definitely has his work cut out. I am rooting for him to come out of a camp at another level (he'll have to).