In case you missed it, Mats Zuccarello's salary arbitration hearing has been scheduled for July 31st.
The Rangers can still negotiation with Zuccarello until the hearing, however, they will not be able to walk away from the salary awarded unless it is above $3.5 million per. Reader lennynyr also informs me that according to the new CBA the Rangers are allowed to cut the award to one year no matter what the arbitrator rules.
According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, Zuccarello filing for arbitration gives the Rangers a short second buyout window later this summer but amnesty buyouts are not permitted then.
...so basically, because the award will absolutely be less than $3.5 million per, Zuccarello will be a New York Ranger this fall. The only drama now are the terms. I can't imagine it ends up being more than two-years at $1.5 million per.
...with the Rangers void of many pure skill guys on the roster, the return of Zuccarello is a very important move for the Rangers.
...once this situation is finally completed, hopefully the Rangers can then spend their entire time attempting to re-sign Stepan. For those of you worried this has continued to drag on, just know that the money IS there to re-sign him and this is how Sather negotiates with RFAs without arbitration rights. He has the upper hand in negotiations and has every right to take advantage of it.
Is it set in stone after arbritration or do the Rangers have the right to refuse it, thus making him a UFA. Either way I have no doubt they will bring him back as he's shown me that he's their best playmaker (arguably) and if he can work on his hands and defense a bit he could approach elite status despite his size. I'm confident that the thinking of the front office staff is along these lines and wants to get this done. Stephan will be back. No question and after a break out year would probably be smart to go for a nice bridge contract rather than a long term since the Rangers can not pay him a ton of money right now. I'm sure the organization would want to lock him in so it will be interesting to see where it goes.
Jmac - thx for the feedback. I would just like a big tough winger who can handle himself, he doesn't have to be an enforcer. As for Penalty shot - read my post again...I'm not knocking cally. Sounds like penalty shot is a small guy himself. Size plays an important role - just ask DZ who kept cowering when the bruins forwards, who were fast and big, forechecked - DZ was afraid to get hit. Small players play bigger when they have bigger players around them. As jmac pointed out when you get deep into the playoffs physics takes over.........heart will only take you so far before you get pummeled.
We will have a filthy shoot out lineup... Zucc, Nash, miller with cally as the 4th. That is awesome hahah.
The team is way too small.....we can't have stepan, zuccarello, hagelin, cally as 4 of the top 9 forwards. I'm not saying they are not good players but they cant be on the same team - way too small. The only one that plays bigger than his size is cally. To offset that, we have boyle who plays like he is 5'2 140 lbs as opposed to 6'7 240lbs. Did anyone watch the playoffs? we need to get bigger.......We don't have an enforcer - dorsett is a middleweight.....package hagelin and del zotto and get a tough winger or big d-man...trade pyatt and powe for winter classic jackets.....thoughts ??
Rangers can drop it to one year according to new CBA. If he wants a multi-year contract, he should sign at a discount before arbitration. If he won't sign before arbitration, Rangers should cut his contract to one year. Thanks for not giving me credit for being the first to post that the Rangers can't get out of the contract. Now, I guess, you'll take credit for telling everyone that the Rangers can cut it to one year no matter what the arbitrator rules.
Zuccarello probably wants more years added on to whatever the Rangers are offering. Since Asham and Powe cleared waivers they count as burried contracts and since they're above $925,000 they count as follows. Asham is $75k and Powe is $141,666k and the 3.3 mil listed as their remaining cap space is inaccurate. They will have a little over 5 mil. They can also send the defenseman they signed and traded for down also. Johnson can go with no remaining cap hit. Faulk would be reduced to $75k also. So Sather has things he can do to save money against the cap. If Stepan gets $4 mil and Zuccarello gets $1.5 mil. They would still have a little wiggle room against the upper limit of the salary cap. They're ok!
@shamroc67 Brassard, Dorsett....
@shamroc67 You are right, except for the fact that no one can afford a pure enforcer. Big, tough and fast wins playoff hockey. Penaltyshot shoots wide with the small players can play tough. Yes....they can, and we all love when they do. But playoff hockey is a war of attrition and while battles can sometimes be won by the smaller guys the war inevitably turns strongly in favor of those with physics on their side.
@shamroc67 absolutely horrible proposals. Size doesn't matter on a team, it's how you play. Don't knock on Cally cause he's small, he plays big. Same applies to Zuccarello, small but plays big. You can even say the same about Brassard, not big but hits a lot. We don't need a damn enforcer, not every team needs one, we especially don't need a pylon that can't skate like we had with Rupp. I agree we need one more feisty winger but there's NO room for an enforcer on this team. And leave Hags and DZ alone, they will do great under AV. We have big wingers in Nash, Pouliot, Kreider, and Pyatt (unfortunately). We're fine the way we are there's no need for more skating pylons to add "toughness".
@lennynyr I know I'm late to the party here but...seriously? Is it that big of a deal for you that you're given credit? By acting like a 10 year old you just look plain foolish. Grow up. Kev and co. work hard as hell to keep this blog running at full speed year round. How about a thank you to him for all of the hard work he's done this year and previous years as well?
@lennynyr Sorry bro, didn't realize getting credit meant that much to you.
@KevinDeLury Your sincerity is laughable. You should take a lesson from Andrew Gross.
Here's Haley taking on a real fighter in Cam Janssen ...
Here's Haley cutting down our other would-be tough buy Bickel:
I'd like to give Haley a shot. He's not a heavyweight, but unlike Dorsett, he can fight one. Dorsett is more of an agitator. Haley looked pretty good as a call up. A serviceable 4th liner. Anyway, the staff will give him a good look during camp.
@FREE LINDBERG Very well said.....I, too,say, "thank you, Kevin!"
Mr. DeLury works ridiculously hard to keep this blog up and running and I love it. Who the hell cares about recognition. I just love that I can get all the information I need on this site, and talk with some cool people about it too. Keep up the good work Kevin :)
And it's not like I'm trying to act all high and mighty and don't want to acknowledge the fact that I didn't read the CBA or know all the intricacies of it. Anyone who reads this blog knows that I don't. If you were insulted, I do apologize as that was not my intention.
@lennynyr @KevinDeLury What's laughable is that you think you were the only one who pointed that out to me. I always try to H/T everyone. In the case where numerous people give me a heads-up I usually don't pick and choose one person. I thanked you at the time for giving me a heads-up. I didn't realize I needed to cite you every time I wrote a blog post about Zuccarello's arbitration hearing.
Clearly you didn't see your "contribution" as a "courtesy." Yes, we all credit you. As a courtesy, I won't say what we credit you for.