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Report: Zuccarello wants $4.5M per on new deal, Brassard eyeing $5.5M

Jul 17, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello Getty Images

There’s a reason why the New York Rangers didn’t make a major splash with the cap space they saved by buying out Brad Richards. They needed that room for their restricted free agents.

Although they currently have about $13 million in cap space remaining for the 2014-15 campaign, per Cap Geek, the Rangers still have to lock up forwards Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, and defenseman John Moore.

The first three players on that list filed for arbitration and are all likely to get big paydays. However, the Rangers might be willing to give them even more annually than they would be awarded during their hearings if it would mean locking them up to long-term deals, according to the New York Post.

For example, it’s estimated that Zuccarello will be awarded around $3.7 million and $4 million after leading the team with 59 points last season. If the Rangers want to sign him to a multi-year contract though, it’s believed that Zuccarello would be expect around $4.5 million annually. Similarly, Brassard reportedly wants $5.5 million annually if the Rangers want to lock him up, although he could end up with roughly a million less than that in 2014-15 if the Rangers decide to go forward with his hearing.

Those two contracts alone will eat up most of the Rangers’ remaining cap space, but it would still leave them with enough room to get Kreider signed. After scoring 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, Kreider’s arbitration date is scheduled for Wednesday. The Rangers are reportedly attempting to sign him to a two-year deal, but if that doesn’t work out, he will likely be awarded between $2.1 million and $2.5 million for the 2014-15 campaign.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    We will sign them. We will survive by the skin o’ my teeth as Megadeth once jammed.

    • 950003cups - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

      Survive by the skin of UGOTZ!!! They’re gonna sink the minnow.
      As a famous philosopher once said:
      “Ibidy Ibidy Ibidy, That’s All Folks”

      • arrow43050 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        95cups….go root for your own loser team. their run is over since brodeur is over. good luck ever being relevant again ever. please get off the ranger pages. do you think you are going to change anyone’s mind. i don’t even read what you write, and i know no one else takes it seriously, so stop wasting your time. my one and only time addressing your asininity for wasting your time here.

      • 950003cups - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:14 AM

        Rangers just released the opening night song for when the players take the ice!

      • mightyperch24 - Jul 19, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        I doubt it’s just me, but that video you posted from Roy Orbison singing about how it’s “OVER” seems a lot mover fitting for Devils fans like yourself and the chances of you winning a cup (or making the playoffs) in the next 20 years. I bet that video was sent to you for Brodeur and you tried to be all clever and sent it along saying it fits the Rangers. Fact is if you listen to the lyrics, it fits Marty and Devils really well man. No more rainbows in your site……. lol “IT”S OVER”

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Kreider is my main concern. Go Kreids!!

  3. lowenni - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    5.5 mil is a lot for brassard. I like him but he played mostly 3rd line center last season and he’s been up and down his whole career. I do think he can be a top-6 player, and a good one, but is he worth 5.5 right now? They might have to give it to him after buying out Richards. Zucc deserves the 4.5 he’s asking for after leading the team in scoring. Rangers are not in a great position in my opinion, and I really don’t see them back in the Finals next year.

    • stakex - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      The question isn’t will they make the finals. That’s a terrible bar to set for any team, since every year a lot of great teams will fail to make it that far. The real question for any team is will they be contenders to make the finals? That’s the question.

      Now the Rangers might not be in great position, but they aren’t in bad position either. They have had a lot of turn over, but only one of the players they lost was any sort of key player last season… and that’s Stralman. Some say Richards was, but he played the role of invisible man in the playoffs. Assuming they are able to re-sign these three players, the Rangers will still have most of their core from last season and should be among the contenders in a wide open East.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:53 PM

        Losing Stralman, Richards, Boyle, and Pouliot is significant in my mind. Having watched a good amount of Rangers games I’d say Pouliot was an important piece. Replaceable, yes, but still he was solid. NY lost a 2nd pairing defender, their 3rd leading scorer, a key winger (Pouliot), and an important bottom-6 forward who was one of their few guys over 6 feet. Also Carcillo, who scored some big goals. And who did they really get to replace those guys? Tanner Glass, Lombardi (decent pickup), and an aging Dan Boyle. That’s not an even trade IMO. Sure they’re probably expecting some kids (Fast and Miller) to step up but I don’t think the Rangers are better.

        As for the RFAs I’d say Zuccarello has earned 4.5 a year. Brassard at 5.5… no way. He’s extremely talented but he’s never produced like he should. I mean 45pts last year (close to his career high) and he wants almost $6 million dollars? That’s crazy, even in todays market.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 18, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        With Brassard filing for arbitration, it’s unlikely he’d be awarded anywhere near 5.5 mil.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 18, 2014 at 4:27 PM

        Losing Richards and Pouliot is not significant. Pouliot took too many damn offensive zones especially in the playoffs. Richards stunk, even if he had leadership skills in the playoffs. Boyle became expendable with Dom Moore. Stralman was the only significant piece lost this off-season.

        Zucc no more than $4 mill. Give him 4 years at $4 mill.

        Brass 3 years $4.2 mill

        That leaves approx $5 mill for Kreider and Moore.

    • robocop3999 - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:12 AM

      I was thinking that too lol.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Don’t know much about Brassard, but from your description he is another version of Bolland asking for the same money. I’m sure Brassard will be trying to leverage that contract in negotiations. As far as I’m concerned seeing that contract doled out once this offseason is more than enough.

  4. schneider99 - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    If all three sign, does that mean John Moore won’t be back? If so, I’d imagine a trade would be in order. It’s too bad though, I’ve come to appreciate Moore’s defensive talents.

  5. phtjoey - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    If these guys have the cojones to ask for that much, then no one should object to what the dynamic duo got in Chi. Kane and Toews are worth at least 2 if not 3 times more than these 2 guys.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Moore is expendable. We have Diaz and a waiting Mciirath in the wings..

    • stakex - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      Diaz is a free agent right now, and would likewise need a new deal. If the Rangers can’t afford Moore, they can’t afford Diaz.

      I am still a firm believe that Klein will be traded to free up his cap hit. Don’t need to be paying a 3rd pair defensemen $3 million a year.

  7. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Mcllrath

  8. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    @lowenni. Did you see them In the finals this year?

    • lowenni - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:01 PM

      Yes, I did–and they lost, and have gotten worse since then. Not so bad that they won’t make the playoffs, I think they’ll have a good year…but my point is that they won’t be BACK in the Finals most likely, and the only reason I think they’ll even be contenders is cause of Lundqvist. And I think that’s a very fair statement.

      • stakex - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:29 PM

        The only part that isn’t fair is your assertion that they have gotten worse. You could make a reasonable argument that they didn’t get any better, but given the pieces they lost (only one key player) its hard to assert that they are actually worse. Consider:

        1. They have one of, if not the, best goalies in the league. He is the most significant driver of this teams success…. and if anything, he’s more drive to win going into next year. Most significant piece still in place? Check.

        2. The Rangers only lost two of their top nine forwards. Richards, who they paid to leave…. and Pouliot. Neither one is a significant loss. Richards brought very little to the table in the playoffs, and Pouliot’s 36 point season (10 in 25 playoffs games) is hardly irreplaceable.

        On top of that Zuccarello, Kreider, Hags, Stepan, and Brassard are all a year older with a lot more experience under their belt. Its not a stretch to suggest that at least a few of these guys could be much better players this coming season.

        3. No doubt Boyle/Klein won’t be as good as Stralman from a defensive standpoint. Its still very important to remember that Stralman was 4th on the Rangers defensive depth chart. They still have one of the best defensive groups in the league, even without him. With Lundqvist in net, its likely the loss of Stralman will have little impact on the amount of goals the Rangers surrender.

        ————————————

        Also, because you accuse me of being blinded as a fan…. I’d point out I’m not the only one that things the Rangers could be better next year than this year: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2128193-why-2014-15-new-york-rangers-will-be-better-than-2013-14-sqaud

      • lowenni - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:04 AM

        @stakex, first of all I never accused you of being “blinded as a fan”. I also think losing Stralman, who I think was better than Girardi for much of the playoffs, is more important than you think. Boyle is slowing down. Klein is just a bottom pairing defender. That’s big and he was an important part of the equation. McIlrath is not what he is made out to be and will not be a replacement. In Brian Boyle you lose a very important locker room guy and fourth line guy who brings intangibles to the table. Matthew Lombardi won’t do anything offensively and doesn’t bring the big body Boyle brings, the exact opposite in fact. Richards definitely disappeared in the playoffs but you lost one of your top 3 centers. He also had a good regular season and the depth he brought to the team was part of the reason you guys were in the Finals. I’m not really sure what you’re picking at, because the Rangers overachieved in making the Finals and wouldn’t have been there without Lundqvist. You still have him, and the core of the team, but as you pointed out–you lost two of your top-9 forwards and one of your top-4 defenseman. We don’t know if they’ll be replacable. By losing role players, the team got worse. Same way the team struggled after losing depth players like Dubinsky and Anisimov when you acquired Rick Nash. You need depth, and you lost a lot of it.

      • buckhome - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Most Ranger fans would agree that Richards, despite being the #3 scorer last season was more of a negative on the ice than a positive. The main reason he had as many points as he did is that he would spend almost the entire 2 minutes on the powerplay whenver they had them.

        To insist losing Richards when they have top replacements waiting in the wings is rediculous. I’ll go out on a limb and say either Lindberg or Miller has a 50 point season this year – no less than Richards would get but with a little more defense.

  9. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    They need to lock up Kreider and Zucc first and foremost.

  10. paulerhythm - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    After watching the SCF, the ones that stood out, besides the obvious, was Zuccarello and Stralman. The Rangers lost Stralman so, they need to sign Zuccarello and give him what he deserves. He’s going to be that star player for them in the very near future, JMHO, I could be wrong.

  11. djshnooks - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    They “are” willing…or they “might be?”

    Big difference.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:41 PM

    Your right Zucc is a top priority. You also can’t let speed and size in Kreider not be addressed.

  13. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Kreider is the star waiting to happen IMHO

    • thegloriouspast - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:34 AM

      Yeah, quite the star when it comes to taking out goalies.

      • jhnyr45 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

        Idiot

  14. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Stralman yes he played well. He did. Was disappointed to see him go(especially how he called out he wanted stability). Money talks your BS walks. Goodbye. We will survive him leaving easily just like Brian Boyle leaving.

  15. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    Sign Kreider!! Sign Zucc!!

  16. stakex - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM

    Two things:

    Brassard isn’t worth that much IMO, especially long term. I think the Rangers are better off going to arbitration with him, hopefully get $4-4.5 million for a couple years, and than deal with keeping/replacing him in the future.

    Second, the Rangers have a bit more cap space to play with than is stated here. Currently capgeek list seven defensemen on the Rangers active roster. Two of them are likely to be AHL players next year, Kostka, and Hunwick. When you remove their combined cap hit of $1.25 million, the Rangers actually have $14.7 million to work with…. which is where the money to sign Moore comes from.

    • hockey7515 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      By taking Brassard to arbitration, only a one year deal will be worked out. Since he is 26, he will be a UFA next year and I doubt the Rangers will be able to get him that cheap when he hits the open market. So the Rangers can get a more expensive long term deal now or risk losing him to free agency next year if they take go to arbitration this year.

    • bcisleman - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Wrong. Kostka and Hunwick bring you up to the normal compliment of 7. IDK if their deals are two way. Believe they’d have to pass through waivers if sent down but that would leave NYR short one D. Also, Moore made $965K last year. He’d presumably want a boost so you’d be cutting it close to use that savings to sign him and you’d still have to sign 1 D & 2 Fs.

      No, I suspect Moore is gone and those two were signed to free up space & fill out the roster. Likely Moore gets traded and Kline too.

  17. mess9411 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Gotta pay Zuco he’s earned it! I like Brass but he doesn’t deserve that much and please no long term deal!

  18. bcisleman - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Assuming your numbers are right, Ryan, you missed something. NYR are set on D (Yes, Moore is gone) and goal BUT even with those three signed, they would need two more Fs to fill out their roster. Assuming they moved JT Miller and perhaps Oskar Lindberg onto the roster, that would add $1.5 mil or so. Some on this thread have suggested that Moore and Kline will be moved. That would seem essential.

    The NYR fell short because they did not have a legit top line. Teams just don’t win the cup without one. Moreover, their vaunted depth has been shredded and they will be scraping the cupboard bare in Hartford besides. So now we can add asset management to drafting, trading and FA signing as things Slats sucks at.

  19. sjrulz17 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    4.5 for zuc isn’t bad at all. But 5.5 for brassard is starting to push it.

  20. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Like I said Kreids and Zucc!!!

  21. bleedrangerblue - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    Dude fact of the matter is teams rarely repeat. Stop with the scientific data.

  22. cliffatola - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    If he can stay healthy does it seem like they signed Lombardi as insurance in case one of these negotiations goes wrong on them ?

  23. ragsrus - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Urine cups, get ready to miss the playoffs for a third straight year with that loser team you root for. LoL. What a pathetic team. Greene and Harold on D and a 107 yo as your best offensive threat. A Rangers throw away I might add. But that’s not new. Debs are always dumpster diving for players. They are thr hobos of the NHL. LOL.

    • 950003cups - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      You have a cool name. How funny is it? Also, those players you mentioned are the same ones you took the first three from you last year. Only difference is, my team improved from there. Yours lost key players and according to the headline here, you’re in huge trouble with no first round picks.

      It’s funny you mention a 107 year old forward when you have a 106 year old, 107 lbs, midget as your best offensive threat.

  24. multiplemiggs - Jul 18, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Rags HAHAHHAA Wat a joke of a franchise. All the bums care about is money. You expected them to win a Cup? LOL Don’t worry Matt Lombardi is here to save the day! HAHAHAHA

  25. nyrnashty - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Brassard asking for 5.5 LOL, I’m asking for that much as well :)!

    I think it’s pretty sad that MZA led the team with only 59 points…that really hurts! Focus on Kreider first.

    59 points SMH!

  26. nyrnashty - Jul 18, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    People who think that the salary cap will just keep going up to fit their wishes are smoking something. GB can’t and won’t allow the bottom 15-20 teams to fall out of contention just so fans on a handful of teams can have every player they wan’t signed to contracts. The cap is here for a reason and the current business model brings him the most money. Giving 30 fan bases hope is a lot more profitable than 10!

  27. nyking1963 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    stakex,
    1. They have one of, if not the, best goalies in the league

    Lundqvist is certainly one of the best goalies in the league, but the argument of whether he’s the best goalie in the league or not ended when he went head to head with Jonathan Quick.
    Quick has proven he is THE BEST goalie in the NHL..It’s no longer an argument.

    Also your point about losing Stralman won’t be significant becuse of Lundqvist is ridiculous. You cannot make up for losing a top 4 defenseman, no matter who’s in goal. Top quality top 4 defensemen are more valuable than any other position on a roster.
    As it stand now, you D is McDonagh, and a whole lot of praying. Girardiis the next best thing you have. Tell me how confident were you in the finals every time Girardi was on the ice?
    Stralman was your #2 defensman throuout the playoffs.
    The Boyle pickup will not help much. If you saw any of the the LA-SJ series, he was exposed big time. Right now, he should be counted on as a 6th defenseman and nothing better.

  28. jhnyr45 - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Sign Kreids and Zucc, Bring up Duclair and let him get a chance at the start of the season, Brass does not deserve that much honestly

  29. rupp246 - Jul 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    If they sign who they need to sign, they can make the playoffs. From there, anything can happen. I just want to thank the Rangers for the great run last year. My daughter became a fan and watched every playoff game with me and for that I am grateful. Go Rangers!

    • mb30forlife - Jul 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

      Even a Devils fan cant hate that post

  30. hosewater2 - Jul 18, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    $4.5M looks fair now, but probably not so much when March rolls around and they’re a bubble team again.

  31. DED - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    If there’s any kind of consensus among the comments, it’s that Zuc and Kreider deserve the money and Brassard is asking for too much. I agree with the consensus.

    Brassard was really good when the Rangers acquired him in the Gaborik trade. 11 points in 13 games, almost a point/game. This season? 45 points in 81 games which is 0.55 points/game. His playoff production was about the same. Am I wrong for thinking that’s worth $4 – $4.5 million?

    • nyrnashty - Jul 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      Well, 4 million would put him at close to 6% of the cap, I would probably go no more than 5%…so somewhere around 3.4 would fit him well…pretty much 3rd line player, I think it’s fair. Brad Marchand gets 4.5 and is an all around better player than Brassard.

    • nyrnashty - Jul 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      He was a 3.2 cap hit and I don’t think he’s done much at this point of his career to ask for more than that. His career best is 47 points and he’s been in the league since 08-09 on the regular.

  32. bleedrangerblue - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Right on Rupp. It was a great run. Welcome to Ranger Nation!!!

  33. bleedrangerblue - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    Kreiders the man. I’m telling ya!!!

  34. ironpeddler255 - Jul 18, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    Wasn’t there a report out there about them resigning Carcillo? Are they waiting to resign this group first before offering him a contact to see how much money is left?…or is gone for good?

  35. multiplemiggs - Jul 18, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    The Islanders didn’t have a problem repeating

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