Thread: Confirmed with Link: Mats Zuccarello Re-signs (1 year, $1.15M)
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07-11-2013, 10:44 AM
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I really don't think this is as much of a big deal as people are making it out to be. Zuccarello filed for arbitration in order to ensure he has a contract with an NHL team. As for the Rangers, my guess is that they have low-balled him at the moment while they're getting Stepan signed, just to make sure the cap isn't a problem. The team wants Zuccarello back, but Stepan is more important.

We knew (or, for some, should've known) since they decided not to buy out Richards that someone was going to be on the bottom of the totem pole because of the tight squeeze the Rangers are under this summer. That guy is Zuccarello. I think they'll still get him signed before the arbitration hearing, provided that Stepan is signed before then too.

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