Found July 30, 2013 on NY Rangers Blog:
PLAYERS: Derek Stepan
TEAMS: New York Rangers
The Rangers and Mats Zuccarello have agreed to a one-year deal worth $1.15 Million, according to TSN's Darren Dreger. The Rangers and Zuccarello were scheduled to go to arbitration tomorrow.  Zuccarello signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in the middle of the previous season and tallied eight points in 15 regular season games as well as seven points in 12 playoff games; including his first career playoff goal. Zuccarello previously admitted he was going to have to take less money than he wanted in order to make the finances work and stay with the Rangers. With projections of him asking for, and perhaps deserving, anywhere between $1.5 and $2 Million the contract he agreed to has to be seen as a bargain. For Zuccarello, though, it's a chance for him to prove himself over a full year. Should he do so then he'll surely get that richer, multi-year contract he's been craving; whether from the Rangers or from another team. According to Cap Geek, the ...

How Pouliot and Zuccarello can fit together

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Nagging injuries to Miller and Kreider cause for concern

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Johnson An Upgrade As 7th/8th Defender

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Rangers sign OHL defenseman Troy Donnay

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Stepan Signing Will Likely Leave Deserving Players Off Roster

After the Rangers re-signed Mats Zuccarello yesterday to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, it left them with just $2.18 million of cap space to re-sign Derek Stepan. While sending Arron Asham and Darroll Powe to Hartford would open up an additional $1.9 million of space, it will leave the Rangers with virtually no room to make another move and might keep young players who deserve...

Despite Knowledge of His Addiction, Rangers Prescribed Boogaard 366 Pain Pills

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Audio: Callahan Talks Upcoming Season, Work Ethic & More

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Staal Doesn't Directly Mention Eye, Buts Says 100% Healthy

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Callahan preparing for delayed start to season

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan told his rehab from shoulder surgery is on schedule but that also means he doesn't plan on doing much in training camp. Callahan had the operation done in late May. "As the schedule goes it's going to dip into training camp and it's possible it could dip into the regular season too" Callahan said. "The biggest...

Zuccarello agrees to deal, avoids arbitration

Norwegian forward Mats Zuccarello has avoided his arbitration hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning by agreeing to a reported one-year deal worth $1.15 million with the Rangers. The 5-foot-7 Zuccarello who turns 26 on Sept. 1 was a restricted free agent for the second straight offseason. Last summer the Rangers did not re-sign him and he signed a KHL contract with Magnitogorsk...

Avoiding Arbitration, Rangers Re-Sign Mats Zuccarello by   Steven Ellis

The New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with forward Mats Zuccarello, signing the Norwegian forward to a one-year, $1.15 million contract. In the summer of 2010, he was signed as a free agent by the Rangers to a two-year entry-level contract. Zuccarello played in 15 games for the Rangers last season and totaled three goals and eight points, as well as adding seven [...]

A tale of two coaches: Looking at John Tortorella

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