Jan 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (36) shoots the puck against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. New York defeated Toronto 7-1. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Rumors: New York Rangers in talks to extend Mats Zuccarello

The New York Rangers have some decisions to make this offseason when it comes to who they want to bring back and who could be let go as the team tries to secure another winner in the Big Apple. One of the hottest names on the roster at the moment is Mats Zuccarello, who scored twice in the Rangers win over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday afternoon.

Zuccarello has 37-points for the Rangers and is currently a player that a lot of teams around the league are paying attention to. The stat everyone is highlighting though isn’t Zuccarello’s points total, it’s his one-year deal that is expiring at the end of this season.

According to the New York Daily News, the Rangers have entered ‘preliminary talks’ to extend Zuccarello beyond this season.

Zuccarello’s agent, Craig Oster, told the Daily News on Monday afternoon that while nothing new has happened recently, he and the Rangers have had “preliminary talks” and that both expressed satisfaction with their current arrangement and a willingness to revisit that discussion.

The Rangers have more than a few contracts to consider this offseason, as Ryan Callahan, Dan Girardi, and Anton Stralman are all unrestricted free agents. How much money they pour into Zuccarello’s extension could determine who else stays and who goes this offseason.

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