The New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello, who filed for arbitration, are not far apart in their contract negotiations, according to Zuccarello through Norwegian news source TV 2.
The New York Post's Larry Brooks reported on Thursday that Zuccarello is reportedly seeking $2 million per season, but Zuccarello denies the report, saying that "12 million Krones" or the equivalent of $2 Million U.S. Dollars was "too much." A rough translation from the TV 2 article:
"12 million? It's too much. I will not comment on how much I crave, but I would not say it's unreasonable sums. I've been at the club more or less for three years now and has played well in the games I've had a chance. I meant that they got to the playoffs, and played a good playoffs. So I'm sure if they had the money we had agreed earlier,"
Zuccarello goes on to say that the Rangers and he are "not that far off" and that "it will probably work out." He also admits that other teams have contacted his agent with interest but that he focus is "only on the Rangers."
Zuccarello's impact and whether he is a right fit for the Rangers can be debated, but this much should be acknowledged: One has to love his seeming undying commitment to the Rangers. He could very easily use other teams as leverage or perhaps even go elsewhere and get more money and a more prominent role than he'd get here. But, for whatever reason(s), Zuccarello is willing to kill his own negotiating power with public comments and make negotiations with the Rangers as amicable as possible. He is a guy who wants to be a Ranger above all else and make a difference, and with the number of players we have seen half-hazardly put on the jersey that much has to be admired.
One has to also think that Sather has informed Zuccarello of the reality of the team's cap situation. Ultimately, there is probably a roster spot and cap space for Zuccarello so long as he is willing to work with the Rangers to make it happen. He'll very likely be a Ranger next season and probably will strike a deal with the Rangers before arbitration becomes necessary.
Follow Me On Twitter: @Herman_NYRBlog
well most here, have a major tendency to overrate the talent on our team....finally an honest Ranger fan
Seems to me keeping Richards (honoring his contract for one more year) was a brilliant business/negotiating strategy by Sather. He can always say, "I want to give you more but we just don't have it!!"
Great strategy in a weak Free Agent market!
If we sign Zucc to a 1 year 1 mil that leaves 3 mil, right? That's fair for Stepan this year I think.
I expect he gets a one or two year deal a 1 mil a year, and Stepan basically gets whatever is left this year and then more the next 3 years or so.
I've always liked Zuccarello but reading this story just reinforce the fact that the guy is a class individual. Hope that the Rangers realize that they have a loyal individual here and sign him to a fair contract. They will not be sorry for doing so.
This is a fringe move. Zucc is not a make or break signing. What they need to do is trade MDZ for Chris Stewart in a sign n trade. He's a monster with a right hand shot who's only 25 and can score. We don't need MDZ with McD, Staal and Moore on the left side. This is the move that will make a difference.
Candor, how refreshing. Irrespective of whether his on ice value is worth what he is asking there is no disputing the fact that he is willing to entertain a discount (and compromise his leverage with the NYR) by being honest with his desire to play in NY.
THAT alone is worth money to me, if I were the GM. It reveals character. It is Mookie Wilson walking in unrepresented to the Mets offices at the end of each contract and saying "what do you think I'm worth?" It is Tim Wakefield doing in essence the same thing with the Sox. Both, simply awesome clubhouse guys.
Character is huge in this game and if Zucc is this way in business, you can only imagine how he is with his teammates. Actually, you don't have to imagine, we saw it with Parros.
I am ALL about Big, Tough and Fast....but 2 out of 3 is acceptable so long as one of them is Fast. Zuuc is that. If Marchand can have an effect on games, then Zucc can as well. Sign him up. And always be fair with anyone who is bold enough to make himself vulnerable.
My prediction has always been 1.4 for 2-3 yrs. he showed great signs last year that he's developing, is willing to learn and probably what got my intention and why (despite our lack of size and grit) I'd like to see him back is he held up in the Boston series, despite his critics assertions that he would disappear in the playoffs. Rather he played hard and became a factor with several beautiful feeds in front of the net ( which were mostly unconverted by his team mates). He give up a lot with his size but plays big. He's as of now still unproven even though last year showed good signs. He'd be smart to run with a 1.5 short term, and if he proves himself he'll command a heftier contract in the near future.
Maybe if he scored some goals then I can justify his demads....but we shouldn't pay him more than a million per.
Stepan first and foremost. Sign him now before Genius Lou awakes from his coma and realizes he actually has some money free to spend. Can't wait to see how Jagr looks in those stupid red and black uniforms.
Still have not heard a thing about Stepan... trying to get everyone done first to see if they can give him a longer term deal instead of a bridge?
1.25 million for 3 or 4 years, or 1.5 for 2 years. He's a skill player. He's good. I'd be happy with either of those deals or any combination of it.
I'm willing to bet that Zucc's contract talks have just as much to do about contract length as compensation. There can only be so much back and forth between the Rangers and his agent over whether he's going to get 1.35 or 1.5 million next season. I wonder if Glen would be trying to keep him on another one year contract as anything more would make him a UFA at the completion of his contract. Not to mention, the two year deals Sather made with Asham and Pyatt last year are "hamstringing" the team's cap situation at the moment.
@jvr Well said. We.....well most here, have a major tendency to overrate the talent on our team. There is a market out there gang and what does that Market tell you the worth of each Ranger, including Zucc?
Like him or not under Torts' the Rangers significantly over achieved and achieved surprising success. Pray hard that AV can come close to that level of inspired coaching!
Torts was fired for political reasons (and I don't know what they are!). He was not fired for Hockey reasons. Keep in mind Sather signed him to an extension a few weeks before he was fired. FACT......FACT.......FACT. That tells you Sather wanted him to continue as Coach even before the Rangers made the playoffs.
The key now si for AV is to inspire (More than what torts did) confidence in Nash, confidence in DZ, confidence in Richards, confidence in Boyle,confidence in most of the 3-4th liners to play bigger, meaner and better.
In any game of life and that includes Hockey it is all about "what you as an individual think you can do (Confidence) and what you think you can't do.(lack of Confidence)"..... It is" the mental game" that Torts talks about.....the same mental game that any top shelf leader of men and women understands. Perhaps that might be why Torts was hired so quickly??
@jmacwilli its not about the money. they dont have the cap space to give him the money
@Snot-Bubbler What a nice name you got there buddy, do they call you by that name at the dinner table?
2nd on the team in pts during the playoffs...he's not a goal scoring machine, but his vision is incredible, and he'll rack up assist.
He came from his time in the KHL in better shape than previous seasons, and threw his body at anyone and everyone. He also didn't take shit from anyone. He wants to be a Ranger. He's worth it. slats
@cb1 1.5= 150 dollars per game is fair for the little shit stain
@FREE LINDBERG probably right. he's the one that doesn't have arbitration rights, so sather probably told his agent to sit tight and we'll figure it out after we know where we stand. not sure if i agree with the strategy, but it is what it is.
@FREE LINDBERG I'm sure they've been talking. Difference is that he isn't going to the press about it. Different situations.
@brian2686 1.5/1.75 per for two years sounds fair to me.
@thenyrblogneill You can not compare Zucc. with Asham or Pyatt. Zucc as far more valuable then those two losers.
@thenyrblogneill This is probably part of it. No doubt that Zuccarello is less about the money so much as not wanting to bounce around from place to place with an uncertain future. We all know how much of that he's been doing since he first came to the Rangers. I think it's a virtual lock that he's going to get at least two years, though perhaps he's holding out for three or four.
@BrendyJohnson Did great against Boston
@BrendyJohnson Spot on BrendyJohnson.
@BrendyJohnson Sure Zucc can dropem with the best of them