Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36) before game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers, Mats Zuccarello agree to one-year deal

The New York Rangers got steamrolled in the Stanley Cup by the Los Angeles Kings but that’s not a knock on the roster that got the team back to their first Stanley Cup appearance since 1994.

Besides pieces like Brad Richards who just didn’t work out for the team or had bad contracts, the Rangers put together a decent roster and are trying to retain as much of their Stanley Cup caliber roster as possible.

One of those pieces was Mats Zuccarello, and despite some contracts disputes this offseason, the two sides have finally reached an agreement. According to NHL scribe Craig Morgan, the Rangers and Zuccarello have settled on a one-year, $1.15M contract.

Zuccarello helped the Rangers in the postseason but his demands for an annual contract were close to $5 million and that’s just not something the Rangers wanted to pay a guy who had just one big season in his career.

It’s not that he’s been a poor player, but there have been too many mixed performances from Zuccarello and this one-year contract will motivate him to earn the $4.5 million annual salary he wanted in a long term deal rather than just have it handed to him like he seemingly thought would happen.

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