Larry Brooks at the New York Post says that even with Ryan McDonagh signing a contract close to $5 million per year, Mats Zuccarello's agent still expects his client to be playing with the Rangers this fall…
“As of now, our expectation is that we will re-sign with NY [rather than sign in Europe].”
The Rangers have $6.55 million in cap space remaining. That number does not include the possible $1.9 million savings from demoting Arron Asham and Darroll Powe.
…of the four remaining RFAs, I feel that Zuccarello is lowest on the food chain, but, despite the Pouliot signing, I still think he ends up back in a Blueshirt.
…if you've been reading this blog for awhile, you know I've never been a big Zucc fan, but he changed my mind last season. Sure he disappeared in the Bruins series, but after being acquired towards the end of the season he jump started the Rangers offense with his playmaking ability. I was also pleasantly surprised with the physical game that he apparently discovered playing in the KHL.
…i'd be all for bringing him back on a two-year deal for $1.5 million per.