New York Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello Not True To His Word

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Just a week ago, New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello said to the media that money does not mean a lot to him. He stated he was willing to take less of a raise to stay with the Rangers, giving them more money to spend on others to help get the team to the next level.

Well, just a couple of days ago, it was reported that Zuccarello is looking for a four year deal worth close to $5 million per year after making just $1.15 million last season. So much for not caring about money.

I love Zuccarello and I know he lead the Rangers in points last season, but there is no way in the world that he deserves close to $5 million per year. The best part is Zuccarello and his agent feel this is giving the Rangers a home town discount.

The contracts that free agents have gotten over the past couple of seasons have inflated everyone’s asking price and will definitely cause another lockout when the NHL‘s collective bargaining agreement ends after the 2021-22 season, but I digress.

Now back to Zuccarello.

It is obvious that Zuccarello was not true to his word. Either that or he is extremely delusional and out of his mind. Either way, Rangers’ GM Glen Sather has to find a way to lower his asking price at least $1 million per year. If he doesn’t, the Rangers will not have enough money to sign all of their restricted free agents, unrestricted free agent or take on the contract of a number one center if the Rangers trade for one this offseason.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn, and join his Google network.

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  • Aimbot39

    “Zuccarello, 26, got an offer for $1.15 million following a regular season when he led the Rangers with 59 points.” wtf this is a joke, so you need to look at the big picture before you say bad things about a player

    • Anthony12

      you screwed up the quote pretty badly…. He made 1.15 last year thats not what he was offered… c’mon people read things more carefully

  • Rick Fal

    You sir are a moron. This is probably the worst article ever. Zucc should be paid 1 million per? He was the best ranger on the ice most of the season. C’mon Pouliot got 4 million per season, and Zucc better than him. Guy is only trying to get his worth. would you take less money to do your job, especially if you could only make that money until either you retire in ten years or you blow out a knee and your career is over? What then?

    • Anthony12

      he said 1million less and although I disagree with him saying zucc was not true to his word hes asking for 5m a year. You ask for higher than what you know you will get it’s part of negotiation. I’m not sure why everyone is bugging out. I would not be surprised if Zucc signs a 4year deal for 3.8-4.2m a year