The Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.15 Million, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The Rangers and Zuccarello were scheduled to go to arbitration tomorrow.
Zuccarello signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in the middle of the previous season and tallied eight points in 15 regular season games as well as seven points in 12 playoff games; including his first career playoff goal.
Zuccarello previously admitted he was going to have to take less money than he wanted in order to make the finances work and stay with the Rangers. With projections of him asking for, and perhaps deserving, anywhere between $1.5 and $2 Million the contract he agreed to has to be seen as a bargain. For Zuccarello, though, it's a chance for him to prove himself over a full year. Should he do so then he'll surely get that richer, multi-year contract he's been craving; whether from the Rangers or from another team.
According to Cap Geek, the Rangers now have a little over $2 Million in cap space with Derek Stepan left to sign, though that number is sure to increase with a few inevitable departure(s). There's still a few question marks but Zuccarello signing clears the picture a bit more.
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