Mats Zuccarello seems certain to re-sign with the Rangers on a multiple year contract, his agent, Erik Ryman, told Norwegian news source Verdans Gang. Here is a rough translation of what Ryman said:
"It's so Sather said. There are only details remaining. I think it will solve itself. But he will have a one-way contract, with a length of two to three years...Mats will play in the NHL and at New York Rangers, he is in a good position. They are happy with what he did after he came back."
Ryman goes on to say that he and the Rangers will meet prior to the NHL Entry Draft, which will occur on June 30th, but that a deal might not be finalized until afterwards.
Zuccarello was signed to a one-year deal after completing his season in the KHL and impressed even those most skeptical of his ability to contribute in any facet. Zuccarello produced a respectable eight points in 15 regular season games and added seven points in 12 playoff games, including his first ever playoff goal. Perhaps what allowed Zuccarello to gain even Tortorella's trust, however, was a newfound dedication to doing his due dilligence away from the puck. A player who shied away from hitting or doing much defensively in his first couple of stints in the NHL, Zuccarello recorded 27 hits and 15 blocked shots in 15 regular season games, along with displaying less quantifiable aspects of the game like backchecking and a fiesty nature around the crease.
Zuccarello is by default sacrificing money to remain in the NHL; he could get significantly more in Sweden or Russia. So he knows what he is getting himself into financially. Expect him to get a comfortable contract but one that gives the Rangers plenty of flexibility.
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I still haven't gotten a reply as to who of the 6 position wingers you would like to see Zuccarello replace. And please don't respond with a fourth line player. If we need to put Zuccarello on the fourth line for offense, we will really be hurting. So... who shall he replace? When you can't answer that question, you'll have learned something about hockey instead of just being "fan boys". Sorry to call you out on that.
Sorry, but a few key details were lost in translation there...Josh6 can breathe a sigh of realief for the time being...
- It's like Sather says [wanting to sign «active restricted free agents»: Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, swedish Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello.]. Only details remaining. I think we'll work it out. But he wants a one-way contract, two to three years. Mats [Zuccarello) is looking for that security [of a one way contract], says Erik Ryman.
- There may be a meeting as soon as next thursday, before the draft (next sunday). But something'll definitely happen after that [the draft]. Mats wants to play in the NHL and he's in a good position with the New York Rangers. They're happy with what he's done after he returned [from the KHL], says Erik Ryman
Bit of a difference between "He will have" and "He wants" :)
(Quote from www.vg.no (Verdens Gang)
- Det er slik Sather sier. Det er bare detaljer som gjenstår. Jeg tror det vil løse seg. Men han vil ha en enveis-kontrakt, med en lengde på to til tre år. Mats (Zuccarello) vil ha trygghet, sier Erik Ryman.
- Det blir kanskje et møte allerede neste torsdag, før draften i NHL (neste søndag). Men det vil i alle fall skje noe etter den. Mats vil spille i NHL og hos New York Rangers er han i en bra posisjon. De er fornøyd med det han gjorde etter at han kom tilbake, hevder Erik Ryman.)
he'll do fine in the regular season and then get smacked around in the playoffs.
at least we get to keep making hobbit jokes...
If he gets any more than 2 million a year I would be shocked. 3 years at 1.5 million would be fine, but I still think he has no place on this team because he is not a top 6 forward on a Stanley Cup team
Well, I see I am in the minority on this one, but I was also in the minority and adament that Tortorella must go. While I admire Zuccarello's heart and determination, I am not in favor of him taking up a roster spot on this team. Who would you like him to replace? Nash, Callahan, Krieder, Haglin, MIller, Dorsett, Boyle, Ashem? There's just not a spot for him, and I would much rather see a Brian Bickell, or Dustin Penner (big power forwards).
"... And impressed even those most skeptical of his ability" (cough, cough Kevin DeLury, cough)
I like Zucc. He obviously wants to play here badly. Gotta respect someone who's willing to take less money to play in NY. How often does that happen?
I'll hold off any enthusiasm until the numbers are out. 3 years at $1.5M per, I'm OK with. Over $2M would be tough to swallow at this point. I like the way he changed, just concerned that 1) he can sustain it for 82 games & playoffs and 2) he'll remain feisty now that Torts is gone.
Thrilled with this news. He came back seasoned with his skills enhanced. There were too many times his passes would go unreceived simply because the NYRs were not used to seeing that kind of quick reaction and precision passing. Hopefully now that they are used to him and rid of Torts system, he will shine in 2013-14. Glad you're back Zucc!
What's wrong with being a fan boy? I follow sports teams and like following certain players. Dude, don't take this so seriously...
@MikeBlue@JMK8363 I like the old format where the 3rd line was your checkers. I would Bring Kried up to the 1st if his maturing process continues and bring Cally on the 3rd where he can contribute 25 and play his gritty defensive game. Zucc and Brass had some nice chemistry, if that 2nd line plays out Hags better learn how to finish because he'll have 2 or our 3 best passers with him. The thing is if they're going with Zucc, which I think is the right call I hope they pass on Briere
Ok I'll play the silly game...
Cally - Step - Nash
Zucc - Brass - Hags
Kreider - JT - Boyle
Dorset - Powe - Ash
@Josh6 You are out of you mind Josh, you don't know what you're talking about.You watch, the guy will be awesoe in AV's system.
@MikeBlue Asham of course!
@MikeBlue In a more offensive system, I definitely think Zucc has a spot...for God's sake...he has more pure skill than half the team
@MikeBlue Those are also two guys who are going to be paid an awful lot of money on the open market; most likely more than they are actually worth. It's a salary cap world, and you have to budget it.
@MikeBlue 100 percent think he has no place on this team... He is not a top 6 forward, but also is not a bottom 6 forward because of his size. Its awkward, but in my mind he has no place on a Stanley Cup team... He is no Brian Gionta or Martin St. Louis
@BrendyJohnson Mine also.
@gravey94 I would be stunned if he got anything over $1.75M per year, and I think it will be closer to $1.25-$1.5.
@_Jack Nothing wrong with it at all... I used to be a huge fanboy of Petr Prucha... "Save us Petr!!!" hahaha those were the days
@JMK8363 You are right, you're lineup is a silly game. You know nothing about putting lines together. Callahan is a right handed shot and not a first line forward. Your second line is comprised of all small forwards who would get abused through the course of a game. Your third line consists of two inexperienced forwards with a left handed forward playing right wing when he is more valuable at center, where he's pretty good on faceoffs. I could go on, but why waste my time. I feel like I'm explaining this to my sister.
Kreisler step Nash is probably our first line for sure. I love cally but he has no business up there
Ummm no offense, but wasn't he the second leading scorer on the Rangers in the playoffs this year?!? He has absolutely shown that he can play in the NHL and has way more upside than an injury prone Asham or a pylon like Pyat. If he can continue to play the way he did after coming back from the KHL he put up 40+ pts next season - mark my words!
@Herman_NYRBlog @gravey94 I think the key for him is getting the one way deal which it looks like they have agreed to. Need to win to make the playoffs so even if he is not as effective post season his contributions during the season do count. I think he can be a good contributor post season as well but it is a lot harder for him with the lack of size.
I actually agree with you mostly, though I'd say that he hasn't shown us enough to be considered "world class", yet. His play making skills are divine, totally agree there though Brassard isn't too shabby either and makes a damn good case for being our best as well. His size does show but he's willing to scrum a nd muck and works hard and to his credit he did not disappear in the playoffs like everyone said he would. I like him, he's good and his heart inspires others. I hope he stays.
Mats zuccarello is the most skilled playmaker we have in the organization he also posses one of the higher hockey iqs as well. His vision on the ice is up there with the best in the world. His ability to make plays and get the puck on your tap in prime scoring areas is also the best on the team and one of the best in the league. His ability to draw players out of position is also world class which is one reason why he's a work class playmaker. His foot speed is very good as well. Everyone's argument on zuccarello is he's small and I say this he scored a couple goals in playoffs by getting to dirty areas and his board work he comes out of the corner with the puck alot more then he doesn't. Also zuccarello can play either side of the ice and he's a player who can play on all three lines but would be best suited with Nash and Stepan two guys that can finish
Between his concussions and salary and trade price (draft picks) Clowe has more to prove he belongs with the NYR than MZA does. Plyon, Powe and Ash won't be missed.
And that's where looking at a given players strengths is so important - will Zucc ever be a top tier talent in the NHL probably not but with his skills and the desire he showed since coming back he's earned a spot on the team and for the money brings a lot to the table. There is little doubt we need to add grit and toughness to out bottom six but having a player that can play either wing, is feisty, plays with desire and helps it put pucks in the net for a minimal imvestment it seems like a no brainier to keep him around. Boyle, pylon, Powe, ash, clowe, and possibly Ritchie are leaving... The late call ups of Haley et al were good, but don't fill the void. JT, Krieder and the other youngsters have yet to prove they can stay up and as shown by Boston having depth is critical to a long run into the post season. As for Zuccs size being a negative it is but he played bigger than most of the team and if he stays healthy and continues his style of play will be a bargain and a true asset to the team!
@_Jack That is why I love Kreider, and know he will be a superstar no matter what everyone else says... You have the right to your opinion no question. In my opinion he is a talented player, that personally showed me he can play with heart and toughness this year. I would love to keep him, but I just do not think he is a top 6 forward from what I have seen, and he has no business on a 3rd line dedicated to checking.
You're coming off like a tier one d-bag. I can adore or champion any player I choose. If the hockey smarts in the comments section ate up to your high standards...well...bounce.
@JMK8363 One of the reasons I frequent this blog is to get updated information on the Rangers, and I am thankful for it's existance. They do a great job. I get frustrated with the level of knowledge in this forum section. I know that everyone has an opinion, and believe me, I would much rather read people's blogs and learn a thing or two, than have to post a critique on someone else's blog. If someone believes Zuccarello would be better than our top six wingers, than explain why. Don't just adore this little guy cos he wears a Ranger sweater. So offer something constructive... I want to learn from you as much as I hope someone learns from me. That's what its all about.
LMAO - well you're fucking this cat I am just holding the tail...
I agree I put no effort into it but so what? Why don't you share your infinite coaching windom and show us all the ideal lineup from a Stanley Cup winning coach before you head off to be AV's newest assistant coaching dynamo?!?