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10-21-2013, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by JHS View Post

There is a reason that last year not a single NHL team signed this guy to a contract and not even the Rangers brought him back right away. It is pathetic to me that they signed this guy before they offered Stephan a contract. I'd honesty rather increase the salary of
the peanut vendors at MSG then give another cent to Mats.
The main reason being that he was an RFA and the Rangers had qualified him. He was making good money in the KHL and he'd probably ask more money to sign for any other team than the Rangers. Any other team would most likely have to give up a 2nd or a 3rd to sign him.

Stepan wasn't getting any more money either way, he was getting a two year bridge deal, so Zuccarello's contract wasn't a factor. That statement is simply nonsensical.

That being said, it does not look like the kid has what it takes and he'll be waived and clear within a couple of weeks. Russia or Sweden next.

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