The New York Rangers and Mats Zuccarello avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for later this week when they agree on a one-year, $3.5 million deal on Tuesday. The contract and money was first reported by TSN's Darren Dreger, and the term was first reported by Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
Zuccarello settles @ 3.5 mil with NYR— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 22, 2014
Rangers and Zuccarello have reached agreement on one-year deal for $3.5M, will continue to work on long-term that cannot be signed until 1/1— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 22, 2014
The two sides were scheduled to meet with an arbitrator Friday, July 25. Zuccarello is coming off a career season in which he was the Rangers leading scorer, registering 19 goals and 40 assists.
While Zuccarello took a much shorter term than many expecting, the amount he'll make over the next season is a big discount. This of course will again make Zuccarello a free agent next summer, where the salary cap is expecting to get up yet again.
The Rangers remaining restricted free agents are Chris Kreider, Derick Brassard, and John Moore.