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.